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Letters: Tanya Nespor – Night-time lock-down

| December 29, 2011


I would like to express my sympathy to the people who have written in about how their pets have been injured by people who should not even be considered part of the human race. I love animals and the thought that there are people out there who could kick/shoot etc any defenseless animal makes me sick to my stomach.

I have owned numerous cats since childhood. The last two I have had, Angel and Benson, both met their ends from being outside. Benson was run over by a car, and Angel was maimed by a dog. Neither made it.

It’s a few years on and I now have two new additions to the family, Ninja and Monster, and have made the decision that they will be indoor cats only. I’ve read articles on the pros and cons, and truly believe that they are both going to be around for many many years because of my decision. Not only will they live longer, but they won’t be exposed to parasites or diseases from contact with strays/neighbourhood cats. Statistics say that the average outdoor cat has a life-span of 3 years. This is not enough for me, and if there is anything I can do to increase their time with me, I’m willing to do that.

I realise that this is a tough decision to make if your animals are used to spending time outside – and most people who have outdoor cats would feel quite bad about keeping them indoors all the time – but perhaps a lot of the heartache expressed in these letters could have been avoided if a night-time rule was implemented. After 8 o clock, all the windows and doors are shut, so that kitties cant get out, and a sand-box is left somewhere out of the way for them to use till morning. This way, the chances of something awful happening in the wee hours will be avoided. It may take them a bit of time to get used to, but it’s in their best interests. Of course the best way to make the transition from being allowed out at night to not, is to take the opportunity of having them indoors and play with them until they are exhausted and ready for a snack and bed!

Category: Feline Resources

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