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Four Tips for Keeping Indoor-Outdoor Cats Safe

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

- 1971 days ago -
If you want your furry friend to enjoy fresh air and sun, here are ways to keep him out of trouble.

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Carol H (229)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 6:15 am
noted, thanks Cher mine are all indoor with a screened in patio for squirrel and bird watching

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 8:16 am
I have the same thing that Carol has, screened patio.

. (0)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 10:24 am
My cats have a very large roof for their daily walks and toys.

Suzanne L (99)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 11:07 am
We have a backyard and they have supervised time out there in mild weather, not all day. We brign them in if we can't be out. In winter they are self-regulating because of the snow and cold - out for 15 seconds and in.

Christeen A (371)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 11:44 am
Good tips. Thanks.

michelle t (41)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 12:41 pm
Good informative article

. (0)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 2:44 pm
These enclosures are the safest way to allow you cat be be outside, yet, it allows no chance to roam.

Eternal Gardener (745)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 3:42 pm
Two big enclosed decks, though think I'll need to extend it to the "real" outdoors... and of course we take them for walks on the leash!

Süheyla C (234)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 3:56 pm

Peggy Peters (29)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 6:34 pm
Cats on leashes in Pets Mart always makes me smile! My dog would cock his head from side to side in confusion. Of course the kitty is always prancing, looking very happy. Like I said, it makes me smile!

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 7:33 am
These are all good ideas. My friend built a cheap kennel for her kitties. Just some cheap 1"X2" lumber and inexpensive garden fence. She made a big square out of it {with wire on top, too} and fastened it to the house right against a back window. All she had to do was open the window and the kitties went out to play safely. If you put patio blocks on the ground, you can hose anything right off from the outside. Leash-training is always a good idea. When I visited this site I read the comments and was saddened to read about the kitties who were eaten by coyotes. All too often "freedom" results in a horrible death under the wheels of a car or with your friend becoming part of the food chain. Young children enjoy playing outside, too. But you never leave them unattended. It should be the same for our pets.

Dianne D (490)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 8:30 am
I have the fence extenders and have been using them for 13 years and they work great, but you have to have common sense when using them. If you have a tree next to the property fence that the cat can climb and go over the fence, then the extenders won't work for you, but they do make tree guards. At the side of my house, where there is only a 5' sideyard, I have to overlap the netting by attaching to the block wall and house, because the cats can use the house to climb out. I'm on my second set of fence extenders, as I live in the desert and the sun really distroyed the netting on the first, but I bought much better replacement netting and brackets at a fraction of the price. I've had others duplicate what I have and had good success with it.

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Valentina R (12)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 10:02 am
Didn't like the blatlant advertising.
Also, put a bell on their collar so they can't hunt.
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