Reasons to Keep Your Cat Indoors

While you may think it is a good thing by letting your cat go outside and explore nature, there are some dangers as well as other problems that can occur by doing so. If you have a cat and you let him/her go outdoors, you could potentially end up with the following issues.

One reason for not letting your cat go outdoors is because a cat may run out into a street and get hit by a car. If the cat survives, there may be damage to its internal organs as well as broken limbs. I’ve had a neighbor who let her cat out during the day and then she wondered why the cat hadn’t come home. After searching around the neighborhood for her cat, she found out that it had been hit by a car and passed away on another street.

Another reason for keeping your cat indoors is that the cat could pick up diseases from another stray animal outside. It is possible that a sick cat may be wandering the neighborhood as well as other small animals that can carry a host of diseases. If your cat is not up to date on his/her shots, he/she may also contract rabies from a rabid animal and your cat will have to be euthanized. Cats can also pick up fleas from outside and bring them back into your house.

Cats like to hunt so if you don’t want your cat to catch that cute little bunny that’s been hopping around outside, make sure to keep your cat indoors. Unfortunately, I’ve seen this happen many times in my neighborhood. Someone will let their cat out and it will catch a squirrel, bird, or bunny and kill it. It is a sad sight to see.

If your cat is a female and is not spayed, your cat could become pregnant if there is a stray male cat who is not neutered and roaming the neighborhood. Also, if your cat is male and not neutered, it could spray a foul odor on you or your neighbor’s properties, especially if there are other cats roaming around.

Another reason for not letting your cat go outdoors is that there could be other animals that could do a lot of harm to your cat. Your cat could get in a catfight with a stray cat or worse, it could end up getting seriously injured or killed by a dog or even an opossum.

If your cat is outdoors, someone else may see the cat roaming around outside and may take it to an animal shelter. If your cat does not have a microchip or identification tag, the shelter can not identify your cat and may euthanize the animal if the shelter is too overcrowded. I have heard of situations like this happening and read articles about it in the local newspaper.

These are just some of the reasons why I think it is best to keep pet cats indoors. I’ve always kept my cats indoors to ensure their safety and my peace of mind. Of course, you can do as you please, but if you do wish to continue letting your cat outside, it would be a good idea to keep it up to date on shots. Also, it may offer you more peace of mind to have the cat microchipped or wear an identification tag so that it can be identified in the event that it gets lost or ends up in an animal shelter.

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