Inside or Outside?

Do your cats stay inside or outside or both?  Just curious.  Some folks say….

….different things about that.

I have found that most of the veterinarians I have gone to as well as our Animal Shelter, frown on letting cats outside.

There are just so many things that can happen to cats these days.  There are different respiratory diseases out there that even vaccinated cats can catch.  By the way, those annual shots aren’t 100%.  Did you know that?  Yea.  They don’t tell you that.  Another reason to keep the kitties inside.

I am not sure exactly which shots are not 100 percent, I just know my friend lost a very special cat because of it.  His vet told him about the shots.  He USED to let his cats go outside.  He lost 3 cats within a year.  One due to a respiratory disease it caught from a stray cat, the other two were run over by cars.  He has 3 more now that he keeps inside all the time.  

Depending on where you live, there can be more cars, more people, more exposure to wild animals, more opportunities for injuries and becoming poisoned.  Not to mention the awful people out there who kidnap animals and do cruel things to them. 

It’s just not worth taking the chance if you ask me.  I live by a quote, “Never say never.”  Never think it won’t happen to you.  Take precautions…not chances.

That goes for your dogs as well.  Keep them inside or in a nice fenced yard or stay with them if they are outside.  Keep them in sight and in your control.  Keep them safe.

Take care all.

Gizzaroo

2 Responses to Inside or Outside?

  1. Cheryl says:

    We had 3 cats, I say had because our precious Sheena is now in kitty heaven. She was breathing hard one morning and we noticed it and rushed her to the vet when she continued to breath harder now with her mouth a bit open. When the Vet asked whether she was an indoor or outdoor cat and we said she has never been out, he was able to diagnose her problem much faster because he said he did have not have to rule out alot of other things associated with outdoor/indoor life. We had to have her put to sleep because although she was only 2.5 years old she had heart failure. I could see the vets relief when he found out she was an indoor only cat. All we wanted to do is get an answer ASAP so treatment could be started ASAP, so we too were relieved that the outdoor cat thing was ruled out. Though she is no longer with us we feel we did the best for her that we could by keeping her inside. Though a short life I believe she was happy and knew she was loved. We miss her greatly, even now. Cheryl-Seattle, Wa.

  2. gizzaroo says:

    Hey Cheryl,

    I am sorry to hear about Sheena. :-( I think by keeping her inside away from the environmental issues and outdoor stresses cats have to deal with, you probably extended her life. It is unreal how things have changed since I was a little girl. We did not even have a vet in our town and there were only a few in towns about 30 minutes away. Not many people took their animals to the vet back then except for rabies shots or if they got hurt. Now they want you to take them and get their teeth cleaned, too. :-) That is not a simple or cheap task either.

    It is a lot of work for me with 7 indoor cats but after I finish “mucking the stalls” and “feeding the livestock” and I get to sit down and have some “me” time, I can still say it is worth it to me. :-) I say “mucking the stalls” etc., because that is what it feels like cleaning 4 litter boxes 2 and 3 times a day. There are no lazy mornings for me anymore. :-)

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