The Dangerous Life Of Outdoor Cats
KRAZY ABOUT KITTENS!
PALS is overrun with beautiful, funny, energetic kittens. They're here with us now and there are many more waiting in the wings. They won't be here long so hurry on in and see if they don't steal your heart and make you want to give one (or two of them) their forever home. To see all the beautiful cats and kittens at PALS Click Here.
If you have outdoor cats and want to "convert" them to indoor cats it is possible with a little patience. Make sure the cat is not lurking around when you open the door and don't let him dart out. Make sure there are no open windows or holes in screens he can use to escape from. Lavish your cat with plenty of fun toys and invest in a nice scratching post and some cat platforms or kitty condos - put them near the window so he can amuse himself by gazing out at the world. Finally, spend lots of time with your indoor cats, eventually they will be much happier, healthier and long lived.
So just what are the risks for outdoor cats? Plenty - even if you have your cat seems to stay right in the yard or on your deck there are dangers lurking around every corner. Here's a few of the perils they may face:
Cars. Sure, you think your cat is smart enough to avoid them but one mistake can be fatal for your kitty.
Disease and illness from other cats. You've vaccinated your outdoor cats against rabies and feline leukemia but there is no vaccine for feline Aids.
Coyotes, fox and fisher cats are all dangerous predators of an outdoor cat.
Predators. Unlike indoor cats, felines that frolic outside are at risk of injury or death from a number of predators - dogs, coyotes, fox and fisher cats to name a few. Depending on where you live there could be any number of dangerous animals that your cat could come in contact with. And don't forget humans - not everyone is a nice person and some can be very cruel to animals.
Antifreeze. Drinking it can kill them, even walking through puddles of it can cause some to get on their paws and when the cat goes to clean them he could become ill.
Choking. If your outdoor cats wear collars than they run the risk of hanging or choking if the collars get caught on a branch or something else.
Fleas, ticks and other bugs. With indoor cats, you can make your house flea free - outdoor cats will just bring them in from the outside so flea control will be a constant battle.
Heartworm. Cats can get heartworm too!
If you have outdoor cats and want to "convert" them to indoor cats it is possible with a little patience.
Make sure the cat is not lurking around when you open the door and don't let him dart out.
Make sure there are no open windows or holes in screens he can use to escape from.
Lavish your cat with plenty of fun toys and invest in a nice scratching post and some cat platforms or kitty condos - put them near the window so he can amuse himself by gazing out at the world.
Finally, spend lots of time with your indoor cats, eventually they will be much happier, healthier and long lived.
A PALS WISH LIST...
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP...
The dollars that you donate to PALS will pay for any extraordinary medical expenses, vaccinations and spaying or neutering of a cat or kitten. Your donations also help with the everyday expense of maintaining a clean and healthy environment where our cats wait for there forever homes.
Your generous donations also allow us to maintain our Community Outreach Program. This program is in place to help those people who would otherwise be unable to keep their pets due to unpayable vet expenses, property foreclosure, sudden illness or other unexpected financial hardships.
We wish that there was no need for a rescue organization for abused, abandoned, stray and surrendered cats and kittens. That all the cats and kittens had loving homes and people who cared about them and that these people could afford to spay or neuter them and take care that they were kept healthy and thriving.
We wish that when there was a need for someone to surrender a cat we didn't have to tell the owner "no, we have no room right now to keep them safe". We'd like to be able to reach out to these folks and say, "here, we can help you financially so that you can keep you're beloved pet". Or, "yes, we'll take them and house them until we can find a loving home for them".
We wish there were no more desperate cries for help from caring and concerned people about a cat or kitten found senselessly abandoned or abused. That our rescuers didn't have to go out every day and bring these animals to safety and our foster caregivers could take each and every cat or kitten that was saved and care for and nurture them without having their facilities and resources strained to the breaking point.
We wish that there was a place where we could house our sick and injured cats and kittens until they are healthy and thriving and able to come into our adoption center to find a loving home.