If you love your cat, keep it indoors because:
- Cars kill millions of cats each year.
- Outdoor cats are exposed to serious and often fatal infectious diseases such as feline leukemiasee FeLVFeline Leukemia Virus, FeLV, is a retrovirus transmitted between infected cats when the transfer of saliva or nasal secretions is involved, for example when sharing a feeding dish. The infection is responsible for more deaths among cats than any other infectious disease. There are three main types of the virus and FeLV-positive cats can be infected with one, two, or all three types including: FeLV-A causes severe immunosuppression or a weakened immune system. FeLV-B causes neoplastic disease (tumors and other abnormal tissue trowths). FeLV-C is the most rare and causes severe anemia. The virus replicates in the body once infected, then spreads via the bloodstream to other parts of the body, namely the lymph nodes, bone marrow, and intestinal tissues. – Feline Leukemia Virus and rabiesRabies is a deadly viral infection that is transmitted by the infected saliva that enters the body through a bite or broken skin. The actual time between infection and when you get sick, called the incubation period, ranges from 10 days to 7 years, however, the average incubation period is 3 to 7 weeks. Animals with rabies suffer deterioration of the brain, where it causes swelling or inflammation, and symptoms may include stress and anxiety, drooling, convulsions, muscle spasms, numbness, restlessness, and difficult swalling. Rabies is rare in many developed countries..
- Parasite such as fleas, ticks and intestinal worms pose a health threat to your cat. Some of these can be transmitted to humans.
- Cats outdoors are often chased by dogs or other cats, and killed, injured or hopelessly lost.
- Cats are often shot at, poisoned, trapped or tortured by neighbors annoyed by cats using their gardens as a litter box or hunting bids and other small animals.
- Coyotes, great-horned owls and other wild animals are known to regularly kill and eat house cats.
- Cats that spend time outdoors require more medical treatment and have significantly shorter life spans.
If you love your wildlife, keep your cat indoors because:
- 4-5 million birds are killed by cats each day.
- Collar Bells on cats don’t work because birds and other wildlife do not associate bells with being stalked.
- Ground-nesting birds are particularly susceptible to predation by cats.
- Cats will hunt small wild animals, despite how well fed they are.
- Almost all young birds leave the nest before they can fly well and spend a day or two on the ground. These fledglings are frequently caught by cats as they are learning to fly.
- Most of the birds caught by cats, but not killed outright, die of their injuries or infection.
- Cats that kill small rodents can eliminate a critical food source for owls and hawks.
Source: THE LINDSEY MUSEUM, Walnut Creek, CA