Kitties Belong Indoors!

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Posted August 26, 2010 by peta2 staff

I ? kitties! I’ve had kitty companions since I was a lil’ kid, and I have learned so many cat tips over the years. One of the most valuable things I’ve learned is that it’s SO important to keep your furry fartsicorns indoors.  Here’s why…

Top 8 Reasons to Keep Kitties Indoors

  • Cars—Thousands of cats get hit by cars every year.
  • Diseases—Even if your cats are vaccinated, they still run the risk of serious diseases like Feline Leukemia (FIV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIP).
  • Poisoning—Cats can accidentally ingest pesticides, lawn products, etc. There are also people who don’t like cats (gasp!) and will set out poison on their property.
  • Predators—Outdoor cats can be attacked by dogs, raptors, coyotes, and other predators.
  • Animal Abuse—Unfortunately, there are people in this world who are intentionally cruel to animals. Although animal protection laws do exist, prosecution will never bring your cat back to life.
  • Research Labs—”Bunchers” are people who sell cats to laboratories for animal experimentation or research. They often get these cats from the street.
  • Fleas, ticks, worms, ringworm—Your cat could transmit these to other pets and people in your household.
  • Indoor Cats Don’t Get Lost—Cats can get disoriented and lost long enough to be “rescued” by other cat lovers, legitimate rescue groups, or picked up by animal control as strays. Collars can break, and even microchips do not guarantee a cat will not be adopted and kept as an indoor cat by someone else.

No kitty can be 100% safe from these dangers, so why increase the risk? Make indoor life fun for your furry babies with interactive toys, climbing towers, scratching posts, and other indoor toys. You kitties will thank you.

Just keepin’ it real,
Sunny
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  • 1274 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is a tough one for us. We have two adopted kitties, the light of our lives. One of them was scheduled to die in a shelter somewhere and somehow she got lucky. She is so loving and naughty and full of life/character I can never imagine how anyone can just kill her off. We love them so much my husband and I became vegans in matter of months, nothing else before could convert me, and in turn many people convert because of us. Josie, our girly cat, she is a curious little girl, and she gets depressed if locked indoors. So for the past two years we walk them daily for an hour a day. At first we walk them on a leash, and we talk to them to not to go on the road, and such. They understand us perfectly, so after a while, we don’t use the leash anymore and they walk around us. It is funny though, Josie knows really well she is not suppose to go to the road, but she likes to test her boundaries, so she walk along the curb and then occasionally stick her back leg on the road just to see what we’d do. We cut our cable TV and walk them instead every night, and it is never dull. We talk to our neighbors a lot, who are fascinated by us walking the kitties, and we get to tell others about cat adoption and veganism. Josie never fails to greet neighbors, she has a flair for the dramatics, especially towards children, she is such a great ambassador for animals I cannot imagine keeping her indoors her entire life.

  • 1375 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I can see where you’re coming from, but having spayed or neutered all my cats so far, I prefer to let them roam. We live in the country, so there are hills and valleys and trees and such for them to explore. I personally think it’s unfair to keep them inside, they need exercise, fresh air… You can domesticate them, but most creatures need to spend time outdoors.

    I wouldn’t handle spending my entire life indoors. I could get poisoned, kidnapped, tortured, killed by wild animals, sick, murdered, lost or run over by cars too, yet my parents let me outside.

    Admittedly, I have had five cats in total, the three before have all been lost. However, I run the risk of losing them. I can’t ever fully protect them, and trust their natural instincts to keep them safe-ish. Everything else is in the hands of the supernatural.

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    1696 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I find this pretty silly. Yeah, they’re domesticated, but you’re not gonna say that cats don’t enjoy going outside, running, playing, hunting, and relieving themselves. There are dangers indoors and out. Isn’t PETA for animal freedom? So, why keep cats indoors, where they can’t experience the freedom of being outside? We have two cats and they love going outside, and they always come back in at night, safe and sound.

  • 1701 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    awh kitties<3

  • 1701 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My 15 year old baby cat just got killed by something outside the other week. We heard him howl, and we found him in the driveway with a crushed skull; he died a little bit later. :( Whenever I get a new cat, it’s definitely gonna live indoors.

  • 1701 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    If you wouldn’t let a human toddler wander the streets alone then don’t let your animal companion (whether a cat or a dog) do the same either!

  • 1702 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    My family owns 9 (indoor!) cats, and I completely agree with this. Not only does keeping your cats indoors keep them from getting lost/killed/sick, living indoors lengthens their lives (yep. All 9 of them!)
    And you want your kitties to live longer, don’t you?

  • 1702 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    WoW i never knew that.

  • 1702 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Cats can also be a threat to natural fauna :O

  • 1703 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    wow that was the most dreary thing i had ever read because i have a cat and i love her very much some times i wish the usa could be controlled by egyptians because im a mat person and i dont want any of the animals espacialy cats to get hurt because they are so cute and small. my friend told me that when she was young her friends who were boys got lil’ kittens who were just born put them in bags and smacked them towwords the ground realy hard until they were dead.When she told me that i was bursting in tears because that was animal cruelty and thats when I became so interested in stopping that thats why im here im 11 years old and my new biggest dream is to stop animal cruelty and testing for ever because i think its wrong for them to do it animals feel pain to except they cant talk because there animals if they can talk then yeah they would stop it but not with a device or medicine but its not possible i wish animal testing and cruelty was never invented. what i did in my school was i got all my friends and protested until no one wore make up any more and fur jakcets and every thing that had to do with animals.:)

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