8 Reasons to Keep Your Cat Indoors

CatChannel expert Jeanne Adlon, professional cat sitter, offers information on why cats should stay inside the home.

By Jeanne Adlon | Posted: December 2, 2011, 3 a.m. EST

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Cats should stay inside, in my opinion. I think cats live healthier, happier lives indoors. The outside world can be hazardous in so many ways — and then there is always the wandering cat who explores too far. I remember a client who lived in Queens, a New York City borough. She let her “corpulent” cat Sammy outside. One morning the cat left and did not return. My client was very upset, particularly because her cat had no collar or ID (readers if your cats go out please make sure they have collars with IDs).

About a month later Sammy showed up on her front door minus his extra weight and wearing a collar. Some family must have taken him in and put him on a diet-which he obvious didn’t care for so he returned! This story has a happy ending but in truth very few cats that go missing are ever returned to their loving owners. Safeguard yours by keeping them inside your home.

Here are 8 good reasons to keep your cats inside.

1. Outdoor cats are prey to parasites such as fleas, ticks, worms and more.

2. Serious injuries can result from fighting with other outdoor cats.

3. Indoor cats have less exposure to diseases such as FIV and FELV

4. Poisons and chemicals such as antifreeze, rock salt and lawn treatments can cause illness or death if ingested.

5. Moving vehicles such as cars and trucks are very dangerous.

6. Attacks by dogs and wildlife are a constant threat to cats.

7. Exposure to extreme cold weather can result in cat frostbite and hyperthermia.

8. A lost cat might not be able to find her way home.

As always I welcome your comments and stories.

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Rose    International

3/1/2015 11:23:12 AM

I agree wholeheartedly! Cats should be kept indoors. Our cat was born outdoors but has been an indoor cat since she was days old, and rescued by the SPCA. When we adopted her we signed a contract that she would be an indoor cat and we have kept our word. She is now going on 18 years old and is very healthy and as happy as a ferile cat can be indoors. She has escaped a few times, but didn't seem ready to go further than the patio, but we make an effort to keep her indoors. Her little Kitty paws are still kitten pink! For all the reasons listed, I think it is the best idea for cats to be indoors. The only downside is the kitty litter. If we ever get another cat I think I will teach her/him to use the toilet and say goodbye to smelly litter boxes!

gg    L.A., CA

12/26/2011 12:33:25 PM

very interesting

doug    cooper city, FL

12/22/2011 10:06:23 AM

you mean hypothermia

Greg    Saint paul, MN

12/19/2011 4:08:51 PM

I have 3 indoor cats & they love to be outside. They stay on the patio & watch the birds & bugs. I have a spray bottle so they know where their boundaries are.

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