Cats are pets that belong indoors. They are NOT
wild animals. They are warm, loving companions, domesticated by
humans thousands of years ago.
Cats that are allowed outside are more likely to lead
shorter lives. Exposure to transmittable and deadly
diseases (such as rabies, feline leukemia, distemper and FIV), the
constant threat of being hit by a car, and being attacked by a dog
or a larger predator such as a fox are very real and likely
Human cruelty. There have been many publicized
cases of cats found stabbed, burned and shot.
Cats can make YOU sick. Cats can contract
diseases such as rabies and toxoplasmosis, both of which can be
transmitted to humans. They also can carry parasites, such as ticks,
fleas and worms, into the home.
Cats will kill wildlife no matter how well they are fed.
They do not always hunt because they are hungry, they hunt because
of an innate urge to hunt.
Bells are not a deterrent since wildlife does
not recognize the sound of bells as dangerous and most cats will
learn to hunt silently, even with the bells.
For the health and happiness of your cat, for the benefit of
wild animals, and for your peace of mind, please keep your cat indoors.
And remember...if you are no longer able to care for your cat,
do NOT release him outside. Chances are, he will wind up dead. Please
take him to your local shelter. Don't abandon your cat!
The Impact of Cats on Wildlife:
Many bird populations are in a serious and steep decline due to three
major causes: habitat destruction, window bird collisions and
cat predation. When you add up these losses, the math is
chilling. Hundreds of millions of birds are killed by cats each
year, and between 100 million and a billion die from window
collisions. Factor in habitat loss and you are now looking at an
unsustainable loss of these species.
Cats also kill prey animals such as mice, chipmunks, squirrels,
rabbits and other small mammals, competing with native species
such as hawks, owls, foxes and other larger wild predators that depend
on these animals for their survival. Statistics show that the
combined numbers of birds and small mammals killed each year by cats is
close to one billion. Allowing a well fed house cat to compete
for wild food sources places native predators at a disadvantage. Bottom
line, cats are an invasive and alien species and do not belong in our
Keep Your Cat Happy Indoors (adopted
from the American Bird Conservancy website)
Provide window shelves to permit your pet to monitor the
outdoors from the safety of your home.
Play with your cat each day. Paper bags, tissue paper,
and cardboard boxes are sources of unending delight when you
Plant kitty grass (available in pet supply stores) in
indoor pots so your cat can graze.
Clean litter boxes regularly.
Provide routine veterinary care, including annual
check-ups and vaccinations.
If you can, provide a safe, outside enclosure, such as a
Consider adopting a companion cat for yours to play and
Spay or neuter your kitten before the age of six months.
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