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Can a wild animal hurt your cat? Get some cat toys, a comfy cat bed and keep her indoors!

Friday, January 29, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy

outdoor-catCats may be predators but if your cat is an outdoor cat, it can quickly become prey. Bobcats, mountain lions, cayotes, foxes, raccoons and free roaming dogs all contribute to feline mortality. Large owls and hawks can consider cats fair game. If you live in Florida, crocodiles and alligators could put your cat in danger. Outdoor cats often suffer scratched eyes, torn ears and other injuries.  Young, old and cats that have been de-clawed are especially vulnerable. If your cat fights with a rabbit,bat, fox or rat, she could acquire rabies.  Bites and scratches from wild animals can transmit other potentially fatal diseases as well. There’s no way to cat proof the great outdoors. Indoor cats live three times longer than outdoor cats.  So buy some cat toys, a comfy cat bed and consider keeping your cat indoors. I would do it all the time but if your cat must go out, don’t let her out at night.



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