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The Benefits of Keeping Your Cat Indoors

Have you been considering making your cat an indoor-only kitty? If so, we applaud you. Fluffy may love the chance to get some fresh air and sunlight, but the truth is she’s much safer indoors. In fact, there are some definite advantages to keeping your feline buddy inside. Below, a Walnut, CA vet lists some great reasons to keep your cat indoors.

Health and Safety

Fluffy may be fearless, but your furry little pal is actually very vulnerable. As soon as your kitty goes outdoors, she is at risk of being hurt by predators, other kitties, cars, chemicals, and weather. Outdoor cats are also at much greater risk of getting lost, hurt, or even killed, and are much more likely to pick up harmful parasites, such as fleas or ticks. Your feline friend will definitely be healthier and safer living indoors!

Protect Local Wildlife

Fluffy has actually done quite a bit of damage to local wildlife populations. In fact, cats kill up to a billion birds each year! Back in the old days, we prized kitties for their hunting skills. In fact, our feline friends’ prowess is one of the reasons we domesticated them in the first place. We’re not quite as in need of good mousers as we once were, but apparently cats never got that memo. Suffice it to say that by keeping your cat inside, you’ll be helping to protect fragile bird populations. Plus, you won’t end up with unsavory ‘gifts’ on your doorstep!

Reduce Overpopulation

We strongly recommend that kitties be spayed or neutered. That said, if Fluffy hasn’t been fixed yet, and you let her roam, there’s a good chance that your furball will become a parent fairly soon. Kittens are super cute, but there are already far too many sweet cats in desperate need of good homes.

Perks

There are some other great benefits to keeping your feline pal inside. For one thing, you won’t have to deal with paw prints on your newly-washed car. Your cat will also shed less, because she won’t be as exposed to seasonal weather cycles. Fluffy won’t be able to help with the garden, either, which may not be a bad thing. Last but not least, your kitty will stay cleaner.

Please contact us, your Walnut, CA veterinary clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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