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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Cats are America's most popular pets, <b>but they are also the pets most likely to die prematurely from diseases, poisons, attacks by other animals, abuse by humans, or speeding vehicles. The reason is simple: Owners often don't realize that allowing their cat to roam outdoors can be a one-way ticket to trouble.</b></td>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Cat bells do not work to alert wildlife to danger since the wild animals don't associate the sound of a bell with predators.</td>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">When you get a new kitten, start it off correctly by not allowing it to become an outdoor cat.</td>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Reasons for your kitten to be kept indoors:<br>
Your kitten won't miss the outdoors if he's never been outside!<br>
He won't be scratching at the door at all hours of the day to be let out.<br><br>
Your kitten won't be exposed to fleas or ticks.<br><br>
Your kitten won't be exposed to stray cats, who can cause all sorts of diseases<br>
such as feline leukemia (FeLV), feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), rabies, and many others.<br>
Your kitten won't be at risk to be hit by a car.<br><br>
Your kitten won't be at risk of being killed by a dog or other animal.<br><br>
Your kitten won't be fighting with stray cats and come home with abcesses.<br><br>
Your kitten won't accidentally come across any poisons such as antifreeze.<br><br>
Your kitten won't disappear for days on end, leaving you worried<br>
that he won't ever come back.<br><br>
Your kitten can't be the victim of people's cruel actions.<br><br>
Your kitten won't end up at the local animal shelter.<br><br>
Your kitten will live a longer life if kept safely indoors!<br><br>
YOU won't go through the heartbreak of knowing YOU could have prevented any of these incidents by keeping your kitten indoors!</td>
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<a href="http://www.siamesekitties.com/indoors.html" target="_blank">http://www.siamesekitties.com/indoors.html</a><br><br><br>
I have been on this campaign for 30 yrs of my life. I've been active in every form of rescue there is & I still find so many misnomers & myths about this subject.<br><br>
I'm sure some can post about that their outdoor cats lived OK lives & that's cool but they are in a growing minority.<br><br><b>Following are some of the reasons people have provided for allowing their cat to be outdoors without their supervision, along with our comments and suggestions:</b><a href="http://www.ddfl.org/behavior/catinside.htm" target="_blank">http://www.ddfl.org/behavior/catinside.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.pawsperouspets.com/tips/catindoors.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.pawsperouspets.com/tips/catindoors.shtml</a><br><br>
College of Vet Medicine:<br><a href="http://www.cvm.uiuc.edu/petcolumns/showarticle.cfm?id=294" target="_blank">http://www.cvm.uiuc.edu/petcolumns/s...cle.cfm?id=294</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Veterinarians say indoor cats tend to be healthier and live longer than outdoor cats</td>
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<a href="http://www.spayandsave.org/faq.htm" target="_blank">http://www.spayandsave.org/faq.htm</a><br><br><br>
Lets me give you the subjects of a few email I just rec'd this week:<br><br>
1- country cats being found barely alive - used for hunting practice.<br><br>
2- urban wealthy area - major city, a person saw 3 teens holding a kitten doing hateful things - she scared away teens & rushed kitten (with a cute little collar -not a stray) to a Vet.<br>
Face jaw was broken & kitten had been sexually assaulted. Vet took care of kitten pro-bono but kitten did not make it<br><br>
3- people purposedly putting out ant-freeze - cats are very attracted to the sweetness of it - & it causing agonizing kidney failure. Even if it leaks out of an over-heated car....<br><br>
the list goes on & on<br><br>
for MOST cat owners, please keep your cats indoors.<br><br>
People pick up your cats, lure them with food & gather them for Fight-dog ring bait. This is every corner of every city.<br><br>
Your cats can be sold to medical reseach labs<br><br>
It's a very nasty world out there.<br><br>
One state, I'm not sure but it may had been Wisconsin made it legal to shoot cats outdors - it was directed towards strays but how is Joe Shotgun gonna know if it's NOT a stray ??<br><br>
As I said, most of this stuff NEVER makes the news but since I'm on many Rescue lists & am part of a Rescue myself... it's horrifying.<br>
I was not aware what goes on out there.<br><br>
Do you know many counties in many states have LEGAL gas chambers (a la Nazis in WWII) as a form a Euth. Some are vehicle exhaust hooked up to a hose. OH, GA, MO are particularly bad.<br>
Your loose pets could end up in this fate.<br><br><b>WARNING:</b><br><a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/04/0411_050411_peteuthanasia.html" target="_blank">http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...uthanasia.html</a><br><br>
this is very eye-opening & upsetting but the truth must be told<br><br>
please think about it..... for your kitties' safety.
 

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I just want to second what polka123 said. Seven years ago my ex-ILs were watching my kitty while we moved. They let him go outside (even though he was an indoor kitty) and their neighbors poisoned him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
LB - mama to 7 indoor kitties
 

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