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August 20, 2012

Pet Health: Secret Life of Outdoor Cats

This week, I've decided to focus upon pet health. We've got a couple of issues here at home that we're trying to address, so I thought I would share them here, and maybe help other pet shepherds who may be having similar issues.

First is the recent article about the unseen life of indoor-outdoor cats. Many articles have been published in recent years about the damage domestic cats pose to songbird populations. So researcher Kerrie Anne Loyd attached "kittie cams" to 60 cat collars and collected video footage about the day in the life of our cats.

There are many other reasons to keep cats inside besides harm to wildlife. “Cats are safer, wildlife is safer and communities are safer when cats are indoors,” said Katie Lisnik, the director of cat protection and policy for the Humane Society of the United States.

Between cars, other animals, and environmental hazards, outdoor life for cats is definitely bad for their health. My own beloved childhood cat likely would not have contracted Feline AIDS if he had been exclusively indoors. We know better now and the cats that I keep are exclusively indoor cats. Having your cat remain indoors can extend their average lifespan from 8 years to nearly 20 years.

Posted by linda at August 20, 2012 7:32 AM

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