February 22nd 2012 8:58 am
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You need to understand that it's extremely difficult to hear of Furs being harmed or killed outside for me.
Like many, I came from 'the streets'. It's sure that I wasn't always from them...I was very friendly, and obvioulsy at one time loved someone and had them love me. I was a friendly cat who would rush up to humans for help. And thankfully, eventually, got it.
That said, people, I was lucky. I wasn't hit by a call, poisoned or attacked ny another animal. I may or may not have had something bad happen to me...my eardrums were punctured and I am terrified of loud noises...but I lived.
I didn't get rabies, or any other terrible thing...besides, which I guess-and it's caused my life to be complicated at times...FIV+ (which is gotten by a cat who's FIV+ biting you).
When Mom and I read diaries or stories here of kitties going to the bridge because of bad things like this.
These things won't happen if you keep your kitty inside.
Or, if you and your fur agree, take them out on a leash, in a stroller, or perhaps have the land and ability to provide an enclosure to keep your kitty safe, but allow them 'out' under supervision and with you around.
I know that some of you come from parts of the world where letting kitties roam is the norm. And I still say that you need to consider how safe your cat is? Becuase when you took us in, non furs, you changed our lives forever.
The thing is, the 'outside world' is a rough place for us. When you opened your home and heart to us, you also opened a door that led to us relinquishing a survival skill at adaptation in a world grown harsh and violent for those of us still 'out in the cold' and for those of us given 'freedom'.....well...this is a chance for disaster dear people.
Please humans....remember...we are in your care...we deserve to be happy and healthy indoor cats....and not have to navigate fast cars, fierce dogs, hungry coyotes and eagles, cruel people, etc.
There are always ways to be happy and healthy indoors.
Purrs to all and my special purrs to those who have passed to the Bridge from sad ends...and purrs to their people for their heartbreak.
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I used to be an indoor-outdoor kitty, but became an indoor kitty when my family moved. I'm now almost 19 - momma has never had a kitty live so long. She's definitely keeping all her kitties indoors now!
wow Jez that is how I was mom allowed me to be an in door out door kitty until they moved and I had been with them for 10 yrs and I became an indoor kitty and lived inddor with them for over 8 more years. Mom keeps all the kitties indoor now except for the little outdoor enclosure and some balcony time.
Some humans will not change their minds and some kitties live in door out door for a long time (they just are lucky to stay safe.