Sometimes cats run away from home; they’re scared, they get lost and confused, they want to strike out and explore something new, or they’ve decided to start two-timing on you. (Hey, it happens.) Having a cat disappear is always heartbreaking, and even if your cat is tagged and chipped, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be reunited.
Even more chilling than running away: sometimes beloved pets are stolen. Cats and dogs are sometimes stolen in schemes to get reward money, or for resale if they’re exotic breeds. Some are sold to research labs, where they may be tortured in the name of scientific research. While no labs should be using animals ever, those that do are legally required to carefully vet the source of their animals…but sadly, they aren’t always very diligent.
6. Malicious individuals
Cats in particular tend to attract abuse from humans. Your cat may be tortured or killed by people who think it’s fun to hurt animals, and that’s something you definitely don’t want to happen. This sadly is even more common for black cats; the poor creatures are still regarded with superstition and hatred, especially in October (if you learn nothing else from this article, please keep your black cats indoors in October). Cruel people don’t care that a cat is a living being with feelings and emotions, and they definitely don’t care that they’re hurting another human being by harming a beloved member of the family.
I think these are pretty convincing reasons to keep your furry friend inside, don’t you?
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