Advice FAQ's

Advice

I often get asked for my advice regarding the aspects of purchasing a cat or kitten. Thus I have cateorgarised the most popular queries below. If you have a specific question and can not find the advice you need here, please visit the FAQ's page or contact me.

Indoor v Outdoor

Some people are of the opinion that it is cruel to keep a cat indoors and that you are robbing them of their natural habitat and natural behaviour. Often people justify allowing their cat outdoors based on living in a safe and quiet area or away from busy roads. However cats will roam far and wide and today's concrete jungles are just too dangerous for vunerable and trusting cats.

Below are just some of the dangers posed to outdoor cats:

Parasites
The risk of infestations with fleas, ticks, intestinal worms and other parasites.

Diseases
Contact with wild animals and other cats can result in the transistion of life threatening diseases such as Feline Leukemia, Feline Immunodeficieny Virus or Feline Infectious Peritonitis. Likewise, if your cat gets into a fight with another cat and gets bitten, it could result in the spread of disease or a painful absess.

Predators
In certain areas, wild animals are potential predators to cats.

Injury or cruelty
Unfortunately not all people like cats and many cats have been known to be purposey injured by intollerant neighbours or bored juveniles.

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Poisons
Your cat may be exposured (accidentally or purposely) to toxic substances such as anti-freeze or pesticides.

Harsh weather
Weather conditions can suddenly change and your cat could experence frostbite in the winter or dehydration in the summer. Cats seeking warmth often climb into car engines where they can then sadly be mamed by fan blades.

Vehicles
An outside cat darting accross the street is a perfect target for a moving vehicle. Cats involved in road traffic accidents rarely survive and shockingly, it is not an offence to drive away after hitting a cat in the road (as it is with dogs), leaving families missing a cat and unable to grieve.

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Theft
Unscrupulous thieves will look for friendly cats who they can lure, capture and then sell on. Many cats are stolen for dog baiting and some even for laboratories where they will suffer incredible pain.

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Getting lost
Cats can easily become lost and end up shut in a buiding, stolen, taken to a rescue facility or adopted by others, resulting in loss.

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