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.
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…
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:
• 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,
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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