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Keeping Cats Indoors

Be a responsible pet owner and keep your kitty indoors!

Are you a proud cat mom or dad? If so, you might have dealt with an adventurous cat who craves the outdoors. While outdoor adventures may seem appealing, there are numerous reasons why keeping your pet indoors is beneficial for its health, safety, and overall well-being. Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Safety First: By keeping your cat indoors, you protect them from danger, such as traffic accidents, encounters with aggressive animals, and exposure to infectious diseases. Cats that live exclusively indoors tend to have longer lifespans than their outdoor counterparts.
  2. Health and Wellness: Indoor cats are less likely to contract parasites, contract contagious diseases, or suffer injuries caused by fights or accidents. They have a reduced risk of contracting common feline illnesses, including feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).
  3. Protect Wildlife: House cats can cause significant harm to local wildlife populations when left to roam outside freely.
  4. Minimizing Accidental Harm: Cats left outdoors are susceptible to accidents, including falls from trees or fences, getting trapped in tight spaces, or being stolen.
  5. Bonding and Companionship: Indoor cats often develop stronger bonds with their owners due to increased interaction and socialization.
  6. It’s the Law: Here in Lakewood, it is illegal to let your cat roam free outdoors.

By keeping your furry friends safely indoors, you provide them with a loving and secure environment where they can thrive.