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Old 06-06-2009, 04:36 PM
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Oh...I'd also add, to anyone considering getting a cat...

Indoor cats are far more likely to survive to a ripe old age than indoor/outdoor or outdoor cats.

I can't tell you how many cats I've seen with head trauma after being run over. You'd never want your cat to go through that. Everyone with an outdoor cat thinks their cat is smart enough to avoid cars...but I can tell you (with graphic detail) it has nothing to do with being smart. It happens and it is absolutely tragic.

I have seem enough protruding eyeballs, missing jaws and swollen brains to last me a lifetime. Growing up, our cats were ALWAYS outdoor. I thought that was just the default for cats. After working at the hospital...no. Cats are safer indoors. If you never let them out, they never know. Keep them entertained inside, get a second cat if you think they are truly really bored and pining for stimulation, but don't let them outdoors.

I've seen so, so many grieving pet owners saying "We always thought she knew to stay out of traffic..." over their brain dead, hit-by-car cat...no one thinks it'll happen to their cat, but it happens all. the. time.

Also, keep in mind that a lot people won't even stop if they hit a cat because they're too afraid that what they see will be really traumatic to them. It's really the minority of people who will bring a hit-by-car cat to a hospital. Your cat may disappear and, unbeknownst to you, it spent it's last 12 hours alive dragging itself down the road with an eyeball sticking out, bleeding out in its brain.

Sorry for the scare tatics. I just think it's that important.
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