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Should I Let My Cat Outdoors?

There are millions of cat owners - good, caring, and loving people - who believe that the cat, no matter how domesticated it has become, deserves the right of freedom - to run, to play, and to sleep outside in the green grass underneath a big blue sky.
Outside, there lies real danger to the well-being and survival of a small, helpless feline.
Being hit by a car is one of the major causes of death for a cat who goes outdoors.
Other dangers such as disease, predatory animals (dogs, raccoons, bobcats, alligators, snakes or other wild animals), weather hazards, getting hung up in a tree by her collar, hunting traps, and freak accidents (as well as not-so-accidental injuries caused by uncaring people) can prove hazardous to your feline's health and, quite possibly, her life.
Whether your cat lives indoor or outdoors, you must be aware of the numerous threats the summer months could present for your cat.
You can protect them against hazards such as heatstroke, drowning, poisoning, insect stings, snake bites, sunburn and other dangers that this season might introduce.
Cat shelters, such as Domino's House in Palm City, FL, all too often see the results of cats who have been let outside..
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they get lost and cannot find their way home.
Polly Campenni, a Board Member of Domino's House, comments, "We can always tell when a cat has been someone's beloved pet.
They crave the love and attention of our staff and volunteers and, mostly, just want to go back home.
Unfortunately, unless the cat is wearing a collar or has been microchipped, all we can do is work hard to find each one a new 'forever' home.
" In the event that your cat does venture outdoors, make sure that a shaded, cool place is provided for the kitty.
Whether it is an outside shelter or a cluster of bushes, the cat must have a place to get out of the sun and cool off.
A bowl of fresh water must also be accessible to the cat.
Even though most cats are excellent swimmers, they can very easily drown if they fall into water over their heads and can't find an escape.
Try to keep your cat away from unsupervised situations where deep water is involved.
If you have a pool, a fishing pond or back up to a lake or any other place where you cat may get stuck, make sure there is an accessible exit ramp your cat can use to climb out of the water if she accidentally falls in.
The summer season brings out more wild animals in search of food.
Animals such as raccoons, possums, skunks and even other cats will fight with your domesticated cat.
If your cat isn't immunized, rabies and other deadly diseases could be transmitted to your feline friend.
There are some deadly diseases that other cats carry that you can't even vaccinate your cat against.
Therefore, you are truly placing your cat at risk when they are outdoors and easily targeted by other cats that might carry a disease.
Be sure to use extreme caution with your decision to let your cat outdoors.
The best case scenario should be to allow them outside in a screened in protected area in which you can best control their environment and safety.

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