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October 23, 2016
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Here kitty kitty

The average life expectancy for indoor cats is 12 years, and it’s not unusual for some to live to the ripe old cat age of 20. On the other hand, outdoor cats live on average less than five years. Among the many threats to outdoor cats are cars; poisons like pesticides, spoiled food and engine additives; and exposure to infectious diseases and parasites. Many cats get lost and end up in shelters. They transmit diseases such as feline leukemia, rabies and salmonella to native wildlife and humans. If not spayed or neutered, they reproduce, which further contributes to the problem.

So enjoy your safe and healthy cat indoors, curled up in your lap, purring contently while you listen to the birds chirping uneaten outside your window. It’s a happier scenario all around.