Note from Steve Kaye about Keep Your Cat Safe
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I’m lucky. Because I’m an indoor cat.
Some of my friends aren’t so lucky. They’re outdoor cats.
They have bad problems.
They get hurt. They get sick. They get lost.
They have problems that shouldn’t happen to a dog.
Here’s how to keep your cat safe.
Problem #1 Cars
This happens so fast.
A cat is walking along. Minding its business.
Suddenly a car appears.
Cars go too fast.
No animal can run that fast. Not even a cat.
Some drivers make the car go faster when they see a cat.
You can help if you’re the passenger.
Growl, really loud.
Make the driver slow down.
How to Keep Your Cat Safe
1) Keep your cat inside – Why: Your cat will live longer
2) Drive carefully – Why: You’ll live longer; You’ll save money on gas; Your passengers will like you.
Problem #2 Fleas
Fleas live outside.
Until a cat walks past them.
Then the fleas come inside on the cat.
Fleas are bad. They bite. They cause worms.
Both cause visits to the vet. Or shots. Or yucky medicines.
Cats hate shots more than fleas.
You may not like spending money.
You may not like having fleas in your home.
1) Keep your cat inside – Why: Your cat won’t get fleas; You won’t get fleas. Because fleas like people, too.
Problem #3 Chemicals
Some people put chemicals on their lawns.
Fertilizers. Weed killers. Bug killers.
When a cat steps on the chemicals, they stick to the cat’s paws.
When the cat cleans its fur, the cat eats the chemicals.
Then the cat gets a stomach ache.
Then someone has to clean up a mess.
Or maybe the cat gets really sick. Then, maybe a vet can save the cat.
There’s another problem.
Some people poison mice.
When a cat eats a poisoned mouse, the cat dies.
1) Keep your cat inside – Why: Your cat won’t get sick; You won’t get sick.
2) Don’t put chemicals on your lawn – Why: You won’t make other cats sick; You’ll save money.
3) Use traps instead of poisons – Why: You’ll protect all critters (cats, birds, and even dogs)
Problem #4 Other Animals
It looks like a dog.
But it’s a coyote.
Coyotes are bad. Because they kill cats.
Then there are real dogs. And other cats. And even owls. Or hawks.
Did you know that an owl can carry a small cat?
Sure, cats run fast.
But these critters are faster.
1) Keep your cat inside – Why: Your cat won’t get hurt.
2) Keep your dog inside – Why: Other cats won’t get hurt; Your dog won’t get hurt.
Problem #5 People
Most people are nice.
Especially people who have cats.
But some people don’t like cats.
They throw rocks at cats. They shoot cats. They set traps for cats.
Then the cat doesn’t come home.
Keep your cat inside – Why: Your cat won’t disappear. Your cat won’t get hurt.
Three More Reasons to Keep Your Cat Inside
1) Indoor cats live three to ten times longer than outdoor cats.
2) Cats kill more than a billion birds each year.
3) Cats are one of the few predators that can catch a hummingbird.
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