Texas Junior Naturalists

Texas Junior Naturalists
An online resource for students of nature and the outdoors.

Cats Inside!

photo of a gray and white, juvenile, domestic house catDo you know where your cat is?

Did you know that the average life expectancy of an outdoor cat is 4 years, and that indoor cats can live to be 16 or older?

Each year thousands of outdoor cats are killed by cars or die from disease. Besides being at far greater risk of disease and injury than indoor cats, outdoor cats also have a major impact on native wildlife. Unlike most wild animals, even well-fed cats hunt and kill millions of songbirds, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals each year.

A feral cat trapped during a BioBlitz survey and taken to The Humane Society where it was neutered and adopted out.Some free-roaming cats are feral. That means they are wild, either abandoned or born wild, and have no owner. Feral cats are a big problem because they are not cared for and can carry disease to your cat and reproduce more wild cats that often can't be tamed even if they are captured.

We like cats, but the best place for pet cats is inside where they will be safe and healthy and live long happy lives. Also, that will allow the neighborhood wildlife to lead safer, healthier lives too.

Show you care about your pet and your environment by bringing kitty inside and find out how easy it is to make a difference in your world.

Things you can do to make kitty more at home inside:

For more information on ways to make your feline’s life more fun, pick up a copy of Ingrid Newkirk’s book 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You (Simon and Schuster, 1998).

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