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06-01-2014 02:17 PM
jocoyn Our indoor/outdoor cats have lived to be 18-19 years with nothing but the necessary spay/neuter and rabies vaccinations. I have seen more sickly indoor cats in my own experience. We were up front with the shelter where we adopted and they selected based on that.

Every night I go through Jangles with a flea comb inspecting for fleas and ticks and injury. She is a "working cat".
06-01-2014 01:39 PM
scarfish definitely to each their own. i always like to recommend starting to keep an outdoor cat in. besides the piece of mind knowing the cat is always safe and won't be bringing in fleas or ticks you don't have to bother letting them in and out whenever they cry at the door. i didn't think our fatty would ever be the same but like i said after a week she was as happy as ever. i think it was good decision on our part. i can't tell you how many times i heard cats fighting outside at night and i was worrying if it was our cat or not.
06-01-2014 01:19 PM
llombardo
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you could just keep the cat inside. every study shows on average indoor cats live longer healthier lives. our cat was an outside cat for years when we stopped letting her out. took about a week of her crying by the door to get over it. now it's like she never was an outdoor cat and we don't have to worry about sicknesses, injuries and all the nasty things they can get into outside.
Shelters here won't even adopt a cat out if it will be outdoors. I have lots of ferals in the area and they come up dead daily..poison, coyotes, and people shooting them I got a real nice secure tunnel to put outside so my one cat could enjoy it , he meowed the whole time until I let back in. Before I got him he used to escape all the time and was outside quite often, he prefers being inside. I think it's to dangerous for cats to be outside to, but that is a personal opinion and to each its own.
06-01-2014 12:57 PM
scarfish you could just keep the cat inside. every study shows on average indoor cats live longer healthier lives. our cat was an outside cat for years when we stopped letting her out. took about a week of her crying by the door to get over it. now it's like she never was an outdoor cat and we don't have to worry about sicknesses, injuries and all the nasty things they can get into outside.
06-01-2014 12:44 PM
Chip18 Yeah I have one of those psycho cats also he killed a baby bunny the other day! Did not know it was in the yard! Six foot enclosed fence, he kills lizards mice and birds.

Brings them to the back door to show off!
06-01-2014 12:32 PM
jocoyn CDC - Diseases directly transmitted by rodents - Rodents
06-01-2014 12:29 PM
jocoyn LOL you got the name thing .....Beau + Jangles = Bojangles.

Oh, she is presenting outside. Beau is outside during the day for heat acclimatization. As much as she wants to hunt at night, we normally bring her in at night and send her out during the day. Chipmunks are diurnal ...........She is a goooood kitty. When we got her at the shelter we said we wanted an inside/outside cat. She is great. A real loving cat but a serious hunter.

I just know rodents can carry lepto. Cats are pretty immune but not dogs as much.....And, of course, various parasites.
06-01-2014 11:04 AM
sehrgutcsg So, you have a problem with your Shutzhund Kitty Cat. I see no problem, close off the doggy door so she presents the kills outside. You have a working cat, feed her well, love her, when this activity ceases than you have a worry on your hands.

Go Jangles !

06-01-2014 10:59 AM
llombardo Aren't shrews poisonous on their own? I thought I read that they are toxic somewhere or maybe someone told me that?
06-01-2014 10:44 AM
jocoyn Yep. Well Beau mouthed it a bit, then did actually did NOT eat it. I am just fine with that! Honestly she is really doing her job and we have to make sure we monitor her coming inside. She likes to play with her food like most cats.

The chipmunks are a REAL problem for us so I am very happy with her performance.
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