Earlier this month, Button, a sweet-faced 3-year-old cat, was found by her guardian dead and decapitated. While there was speculation that a human may have killed and mutilated her, authorities confirmed that she had been killed by a car and that her head had been severed by animals.
— Catherine Van (@cat08van) July 5, 2017
Although Button wasn’t harmed by a psychopathic animal torturer in the neighborhood, her death serves as a harsh reminder of the perils of being outside as a cat. Let it be known that this is nothing new for cats who roam outdoors.
It’s a cruel reality—cats who spend time outside without supervision, like Button, face being tormented by cruel humans, poisoned, shot, hit by cars, or attacked by other animals.
Cats are domesticated animals who rely on human guardians to keep them stimulated, healthy, safe, and feeling loved. When left to roam outside unsupervised, they are at great risk of a painful, traumatic death.
Cats are safest when they’re inside, living in a secure and loving home with lots of toys and attention to keep them healthy and happy. There are many ways to keep them active indoors, and leash training can give them the opportunity to spend time in the fresh air—without the risk of tragedy.