Reprinted courtesy of The American Humane
Don't Let the Cat Out
It's a fact that an inside cat lives a longer, healthier life than the puss that
puts paws on the pavement. An indoor cat never faces the dozens of
dangers waiting outside your front door like cars, other cats ready
to fight for love or territory, exposure to diseases and parasites,
and sickness or death from eating spoiled food or poison.
A cat let outdoors will need to see the veterinarian a lot more
often than an indoor cat, and that means higher vet bills. Fleas,
ticks, worms, abscesses, cuts, diarrhea, a dull coat, or weight loss
are al signs of trouble and are most often seen in outdoor cats.
Outdoor cats are more prone to get lost, too. Searching for a
lost cat without an identification tag is a time- consuming and
often disappointing effort, and there is nothing more heartbreaking
than wondering for years if your missing kitty is alive and well, or
suffering, abused, or dead.
Cats raised in-doors are perfectly content with their world. Cars
who have experienced the outdoors will need some time to get used to
an upgraded indoor status, but eventually they will learn to relax
and enjoy the comforts of home.