she was a wee one. She's still 2,000% playful.
people grumble that the requirement of most rescues to keep
adopted cats indoors is unfair. They
believe cats "need their freedom", or they don't want
to maintain a litterbox so they allow them outdoors. From
the point of view of the rescue group, who has put a lot of
effort, resources & TLC into caring for the cat, it is in
the best interest of the cat to be kept indoors. Below
are some reasons why.
WHY CATS SHOULD STAY INDOORS
|1 - THEY
CAN GET HIT & KILLED BY CARS. These poor cats would
still be alive if they had been kept safely inside. All
the photos below were shot on Northern Virginia roads in late
2007. Regrets for the graphic illustration of this point.
Northern VA is known for its constant major traffic flow, it's
not worth the
risk to cats' lives to let them out. (It's understood some cats escape
despite their owners' best efforts).
poor tortie was run over on Braddock Rd. in
front of the funeral
home near Burke Station Rd. It's a very busy road through
a residential neighborhood.
cat was run over on Wolf Shoals Rd. in Clifton,
a quiet one-lane country road. On
a tree hung a "Missing Cat" notice describing
this poor cat. I
called & left a message with the sad news.
poor cat was literally lying at a bus stop on front of Oracle
headquarters in Reston. It's at a very big intersection of
multi-lane highways lined with large corporate buildings &
once-beautiful orange tom had been big, healthy & robust;
now he lay covered with flies
at a bus stop.
- THEY CAN GET LOST. Below
is a sampling of e'mails we receive every week from worried
cat-owners whose cats have gone missing.
lost Alexandria brown tabby--please crosspost
I lost my cat last Friday 2/2/07
Reply to: XXXX@yahoo.com
Date: 2007-02-06, 10:36AM EST
My tiger striped tabby cat is missing. His name is Cokie
(Coconut) and he's 13yrs old. He's very
pay a LARGE reward for his return. Please call Joanie at
703-XXX-XXXX. See attached photo....
He was last seen Friday in the Bren Mar area of Alex/Edsall
|Asked to crosspost
Fw: LOST Felv+ kitten-Centreville
Kitten: DSH Orange Tiger Striped Tabby
Centreville,VA 703-XXX-XXXX, XXXX@yahoo.com
** Luke is a Feline Leukemia positive kitten** lost since 9:45 p.m. on 06/14/06. He
is very sweet & vocal and gets along well with cats & dogs. He
is skinny & tall, has white markings on his chin and mouth, a pink nose & yellow
eyes, about 5 lbs. He is neutered & microchipped, but didnt have a collar
on when he ran away. Last seen on Grape Holly Grove in the Sanderling development,
located off Machen Rd.
| Fw: lost 3-legged cat alex./springfield
2006-10-24, 4:09PM EDT
grey (muted tortie), 8lb. cat was lost from our Kingstowne apartment
on Saturday, Oct 21st. She is missing her right front leg.
If you should find her, please contact us at the email listed.
2006-12-22, 10:25AM EST
Charlie-Male Tabby/Main Coon mix; 1 1/2 yrs; Neutered;
Gray/Brown/Black tiger stripe; Bushy tail; very friendly; Home
Again Chip # 7F7A04232C in back of neck; Last seen Friday
12/1/06 in Lake
Ridge Villas on Dulcinea Place.
intersection: Cantania Place & Oakwood
Subject: lost siamese vienna va please post
Lost Siamese In Vienna on 5/3/07
Reply to: XXXXXX@XXXXXXX.org
Date: 2007-05-05, 12:14AM EDT
year old Siamese Cat lost at 7PM on 5/3. She has no front claws
and is scared of everything!
She was lost at the intersection of Gallows Road and
Tyson Oaks Circle in Vienna. She is not wearing a collar and
an indoor cat.
you have any information please contact 703-XXX-XXXX.
YES, THERE IS A REWARD.
Pumpkin is a 7 y/o indoor DMH orange tabby male with white
belly and paws (see
attached picture). He was last seen on February 6th near Marshall Road
and Ware Street in Vienna, VA.
His sister Cleo and his human family miss him greatly. The family was told
by a pet psychic that he's alive and well. They continue to check shelters
and adoption events, post signs, and even sprinkled used cat litter to guide
Any information please contact Suzan G. directly at:
C: 571- XXX-XXXX
Lost cat- Mature female Persian, tan coloring,
bushy tail, missing left eye due to surgery. Spayed and declawed.
She went missing in the Glade Cluster neighborhood in Reston, Virginia
been missing since 12/2/06.
Please call or E-mail with any leads. 703-XXX-XXXX or XXXXX@aol.com
CAN GET INJURED OR KILLED BY OTHER ANIMALS. Here
in Northern VA we have foxes & coyotes trying to survive
in unnatural surroundings, eager to prey on smaller
pets can also pose dangers to your cat, especially dogs & unaltered
cats who are more territorial & apt to fight. Injuries
can become infected &/or infested with maggots.
GET DISEASES FROM OTHER ANIMALS. Rabies,
Feline Leukemia Virus (FLV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
(FIV), Feline Infectious
Peritonitis (FIP), Panleukopenia, etc. are all transmissable
from other animals.
CAN GET INTERNAL & EXTERNAL PARASITES FROM OTHER ANIMALS
& THE ENVIRONMENT. Roundworms, hookworms,
heartworms, tapeworms, fleas, mange, ear mites,
lice, ticks, etc. are all eager to make your
pet their host. Ringworm is a fungus not a parasite.
6 - THEY
CAN INGEST POISONS such as anti-freeze, rodent
poison, insecticides, lawn chemicals, etc.
7 - THEY
ARE AT RISK FROM HOSTILE & CRUEL HUMANS. Simply
peruse www.pet-abuse.com &
your heart will break from the horrific & mindless sadism
inflicted on innocent & helpless animals by (mostly)
8 - THEY
OCCASIONALLY KILL WILDLIFE FOR SPORT.Cats
are the ultimate predator & small animals don't have much chance should a cat decide
to "play" with them.
- YOU CAN'T MONITOR YOUR CAT'S URINARY/BOWEL
HEALTH IF HE RELIEVES HIMSELF OUTDOORS.
If your cat develops complications & you have no
boxes in the house because your cat "goes" outside, you
won't notice his painful attempts to urinate. That
is a red flag warning of a potential UTI or urinary
blockage, both serious conditions & potentially life-threatening. Additionally,
observing a cat's painful attempts to defecate, or finding
the feces is a red flag for constipation, bowel blockage,
or mega-colon, all serious conditions.
more info on FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease),
~ Thank you Franny Syufy
for the tip!
are domesticated animals who did not create the mechanized
environmental conditions in this world & are not adapted to
many of them. They rely on us to make decisions
in their best interest & to protect them.
Cats can enjoy the grass & breeze if you construct a
secure covered run for them in your yard. Be sure
to apply flea/tick treatment & bring them in at night. Better
yet, open a window with a secure screen & grow
some wheat grass indoors.