All About Cats Magazine Article – The dangers facing outdoor cats

In case you missed it here is my article from All About Cats Magazine’s December / January issue.

It is an important topic for cat guardians, so if you haven’t yet read the article please do.

 

Thank you to everyone who supported me and bought All About Cats Magazine’s Dec/Jan issue and read my cover article I am most appreciative of your kindness and loyalty.

 

All About Cats Magazine Dec / Jan Issue

 

The dangers facing outdoor cats

By Di KENDALL

A recent incident in which a local family

cat was allegedly mutilated has urged me to

educate people with regards to keeping your

cat as safe as possible…

 

ADVICE

It is important for pet owners to

make informed decisions where

their pets are concerned. In doing

so, you need to understand the risks

and benefits experienced by your furry

feline when it moves around outdoors.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: HEALTH

Whilst not wishing to make feral cats the

enemy – they most certainly aren’t – pet

owners need to understand that because

of the vast number of stray and feral cats

around, they can never be certain that

their feline friends are associating with

other inoculated and well-maintained

friends. they could, therefore, come home

with life-threatening diseases such as:

Feline leukaemia (FeLV);

Feline AIDS (FIV);

FIP (feline infectious peritonitis);

• Feline distemper (pan leukopenia);

• Upper respiratory infections (or URI).

parasites found outdoors can leave your

cat with various issues. good cat owners

consult their vet at least once a year and

treat them to prevent symptoms such as

scratching, skin infections, vomiting and

diarrhoea, caused by parasites. remember

that parasites can also affect your family,

and it is no easy task to ensure their

permanent removal. Keep an eye out for:

• Fleas

• Ticks

• Ear mites

• Intestinal worms

• Ringworm (a fungal infection)

OUTDOOR CAT RISKS

Just as the world outside has risks for

humans, there are life-threatening risks

for cats too.

Animal cruelty: the main reason for

my article. Sadly, because cats are seen as

purely a menace to some people, they have

been shot with BB guns or arrows, while

others end up being trapped and abused.

toxins and poisons: Also falling under

the banner of animal cruelty, outside cats

additionally face the danger of coming into

contact with toxins – such as antifreeze

– which are often ingested because they

have a pleasant taste. Cats may also end

up accidently exposed to rodent poisons

when they hunt and eat rodents that have

recently ingested poison bait. We have to

keep in mind that cats can just as easily

fall prey to home invaders, who poison

pets prior to breaking and entering.

Cars: A domesticated cat is not as street

smart as a feral cat and it may find itself

in a situation where being hit by a car is

inescapable. Considering the size of a cat

in relation to a moving vehicle, you can

easily imagine the severity of its injuries.

In winter, cats seek warmth, and rescuers

will tell you countless stories of cats found

in car engines.

Loose dogs and wild animals:

Domesticated and feral cats are not safe

in the paws, claws and talons of dogs and

wild animals. An attack by a stray dog can

often be fatal – and did you know that cats

can easily be scooped up by a bird of prey

in search of their next meal?

trees: Cats love to climb and therefore

trees can be a source of danger. If chased

by dogs they can possibly reach an

unexpected height and not want to climb

down. If not found soon enough by their

owners, they may be left there for days

until becoming so severely dehydrated

and weak that they fall and suffer acute or

even fatal injuries.

“CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT”

Curious felines can find themselves locked

inside garages for days on end because

they went inside and found a comfy

place to sleep. they can also be mistaken

as stray and end up at a shelter. to be

realistic, the number of cats in shelters

is vast and yours may end up being

euthanised due to the lack of worthy,

loving homes.

If you are going to allow your cat to

venture outdoors, I implore you to make

your property cat-safe to eliminate

threats, thereby ensuring that you have a

safe, happy and healthy feline. 

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About Di

Di believes that the most important and most fulfilling “job” she has is being a mom of two. She is an animal communicator. Her greatest passion is animals and their welfare. She enjoys writing about animals and topics to help others with their spiritual growth.

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