• My Poor Cat.

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    Over a year ago

    My darling cat, Josie, a few days ago came home with her whiskers on her left face halfway shortened. Now I know cat whiskers are just special hairs grown out of follicales and will regrowin a few months. But since this only affects one side, and not both, will the effects be worse than if they were both sides? I am very concerned, because she does not have the greatest judgement even with full whiskers! Thanks!(:

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    Over a year ago

    Hey @katytheveg,

    Please keep your cat safely indoors. Most likely, some cruel person did this and the outdoors is not a safe place for her to be! Check out our awesome tips on how to keep your cat happy indoors. :)

    1. Bring joy with toys. From paper bags and rolled up balls of paper to motorized “mice” and laser pointers, toys perk up even the laziest feline. All-time favorites are Cat Dancer and Cat Charmer.

    2. Scratch that itch. Cats love to scratch. Doing so enables them to remove broken claws, stretch muscles, and mark “territory.” The best way to save your furniture is to provide lots of “approved” places to scratch. Cat “trees” and posts, cardboard scratching boxes, and those ingenious “cat tracks” (a ball in a circular, partially open plastic tunnel surrounding a cardboard scratching pad) are big hits. Sprinkle catnip on them weekly to keep cats interested, and be sure to replace cardboard inserts when they get worn out.

    3. Provide a room with a view. Windows are cat “TV”—a birdbath or feeder placed near a window can provide hours of entertainment. If window sills aren’t wide enough, build or buy a cushioned perch (which are available from pet supply stores and catalogs) to attach to the sill. (For safe window-sill perching, make sure that double-hung windows are propped open to prevent them from falling down on cats, and tuck the cords of blinds up and out of the way so that legs and other body parts don’t get entangled in them.)

    4. Porches bring purrs. A screened-in porch or an enclosure accessible through a window is a great way for your kitty to safely commune with nature. KittyWalk Systems makes enclosures in a variety of configurations that can stand alone or be attached to a cat door. If your yard is fenced, another option is Cat Fence-In, a netting kit that attaches to the top of the fence. No existing fence is necessary to install another escape-proof system called Purrfect Fence, although it is advisable to supplement it with sturdy fencing of some kind to keep dogs and other predators out.

    5. Take your kitty out for cat walkies. Cats can be taught to walk on a leash—just be sure to use an ultra-lightweight, retractable leash that’s attached to a harness, not a collar. Let your cat get used to the harness for short periods indoors, and then pick a safe outdoor area to explore. KittyWalk Systems also makes a “pet stroller” that allows for longer, brisker walks and provides a measure of safety from free-roaming dogs.

    6. Plant a garden—of catnip. Cats will nibble on it and roll in it. Other healthy snacks are wheat grass, alfalfa, and oat grass. (You can buy seed starter kits at companion animal supply stores.)

    ~Annie from peta2.

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    Over a year ago

    It’s difficult to say really, a vet may be the best person to ask.

    Cat’s were not made to live indoors, yes things happen to them but things can happen to any human as well when they leave their house and we don’t lock them inside for their entire life. I don’t see how forcing a cat to live inside especially when it’s always had access to outdoors can keep it happy, it’s like saying zoos keep animals happy even though they’re trapped in a prison until they die.

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    Over a year ago

    Protect her, now and in future, by keeping her indoors.
    http://www.peta.org/living/companion-animals/indoor-cats.aspx

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