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5 Tips for Bringing An Outdoor Cat Indoors for Good


Offbeat  (tags: animals, pets, environment, protection, cats )

Cher
- 775 days ago - catster.com
She won't be sad spending her life indoors, we promise. Just follow our tips to ease the transition.



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Bill K. (14)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 6:05 am
This is very important not only for cats but for birds and other wildlife. Free-roaming cats kill hundreds of millions of birds in the US every year. Don't think your cat is the exception. Due to a genetic mutation caused when cats were domesticated cats kill for fun, not just when hungry.
 

Donna Hamilton (151)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 9:57 am
Noted. Thanks, Cher.
 

Sandra S. (132)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 12:51 pm
Personally I believe a cat is happiest if he has a cat door to come and go.All animals are basically for the outdoors.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 2:42 pm
If you have been feeding a stray, or feral, PLEASE, do not bring it indoors if you have another pet. Have it trapped, then bring it to a vet for spay/neutering, FIV testing, etc. Even after this, it does not mean the cat will ever get along with your other pets. The age of the cat of course plays a big factor.
 

tracey p. (84)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 3:04 pm
My cat is an indoor cat. He's a very happy boy!
 

Kay M. (348)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 5:39 pm
thanks.
 

Patrick Donovan (319)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 6:55 pm
Over the last 25+ years, we have brought in more than 15 cats to our home. Some we found other forever homes for, some lived with us many years, and some had illnesses which took their lives much too soon.

But each cat enjoyed his or her life because we cared for them and they each returned much love they we gave. We've got only 4 furry friends with us now, but they live will live longer and happier lives because they are living in-doors, 100% of the time.

By the way, we did bring cats inside but we had talked with a vet who explained about quarantines and letting the current furry residents getting to know the new ones.

One last point, cats may live up to 20 years if they are in-door only cats. They need forever homes. They love us as much as we love them.
 

Patrick Donovan (319)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 6:57 pm
By the way, I don't think cats kill more birds than glass windows, aircraft, and other vagaries of life. There are no scientific studies to support the silly assumptions about bird killing.

However, to lower temptation, we did not feed birds when we were trying to get a cat to trust us.
 

Penny C. (80)
Thursday November 8, 2012, 4:31 pm
thanks Cher.
 
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