Many cat owners let their cat outdoors to roam freely. But outside is a very dangerous place! Just like dogs, cats need supervision to be protected from traffic, other cats and animals, toxins and poisons, and the many diseases and parasites they can catch, not to mention getting lost.
Diseases affecting outdoor cats include feline leukemia, FIV and distemper, among many others. Parasites include fleas, ticks, earmites and intestinal worms. Many toxins, such as antifreeze and rat poison, taste good to cats, and they can be poisoned if they simply drink from a puddle. Add the threats of stray dogs, raccoons, coyotes and cars, and the outdoors are a recipe for kitty disaster!
Letting your cats roam can also contribute to the cat overpopulation problem, either by straying and getting lost, or, if they’re not sterilized, through breeding. There are an estimated 1.2 to 4 million homeless cats in this country, and we collectively need to stop creating more of them.