Outdoors vs. Indoors - You Decide

did you know?

The average lifespan of a cat who goes outdoors is only two years.

We recommend keeping your cat indoor at all times. They will live to a ripe old age. They will not become lost or injured by a car. An indoor cat will not pick up fleas or other parasites, bring home dead animals, or become exposed to a number of contagious deadly diseases like feline leukemia, and infectious peritonitis. Most cats are very happy indoors if they get enough attention and exercise.

How many outside cats do you think die of old age? Not many, because most of them are killed by cars, dogs, another cat. Some cats have to spend many visits at a veterinarian due to related injuries. Cats that have never been allowed outside don't even know they are missing something. People need to realize that dogs and cats, in fact, do adjust easily to being indoor animals. Humans are the ones who are not willing to adjust to the idea.

Our pets are dependent upon us for their safety. Like children, they don't always know what is best for them, so we have to make the decisions for them. Sometimes what at first glance seems to be a cruel decision, is actually a lifesaver.

Risks to the Outdoor Cat

  • Hit by a car
    • Injury or death
  • Lost
    • Heartbreak to owner
    • Fate never known
  • Stolen
    • Kept by another person
    • Sold to animal dealers who sell to laboratories for experiments
    • Used in satanic cults for sacrifices
    • Individual acts of cruelty
  • Infectious diseases
    • Feline leukemia - fatal
    • Feline infectious peritonitis - fatal
    • Feline distemper and upper respiratory diseases - can't breathe
    • Rabies - deadly
  • Parasites
    • Fleas
    • Ticks
    • Ear mites
    • Worms
    • Toxoplasmosis
  • Dogfights and Catfights
    • Injuries, abscesses
    • Death
  • Trapped in basements, traps, or in a tree
    • Firemen do not come to the rescue
  • Contributes to the overpopulation crisis
    • Has litter of outdoor kittens
  • Eating toxic substances
    • Antifreeze - fatal
      (IMMEDIATE Emergency Medical Treatment is vital for any animal ingesting antifreeze)

    Risks to the Indoor Cat

  • Falling out a window or off balconies
    • Secure screens, do not let cats on balconies unattended
  • Occasional boredom
    • Buy good cat toys -- ones they will play with
    • Get a companion cat
  • Eating toxic substances
    • Keep them sealed and away from your pet.

    We have listed risks for cats that go outdoors, however, you should also be aware of the dangers cats pose to other outdoor life such as birds, mice, moles, rabbits, snake and other animals. It is a cat's natural instinct to go after these animals and they can't be discouraged from this activity while outdoors.

    The Purr-fect Cat Shelter, Inc.
    a no kill, non-profit, all volunteer humane organization recycling homeless cats into lifetime pets

    Post Office Box 548
    Medway, MA 02053