is this your cat?
it never ceases to amaze me the number of people who let their cats out, not to mention dogs too, and then are shocked when they discover that sylvester or fifi are recent roadkill, or worse, have completely vanished. what did u expect? i mean come on….really! seriously!! pups and kits don’t have the ability to take safety measures, or counter safety measures if a car is bearing down on them at even just 30 miles per hour! their automatic response is going to be RUN! unless it’s night and they freeze with that caught in the headlights deer pose. either way, they are going to wind up dead, simply put. and your oh so called “friendly” neighbors may not be nearly as friendly as u think they are! not to mention the racoons at night that will not hesitate to make kitty dinner…or coyotes. just because u don’t see them, doesn’t mean they aren’t out there, and a tango with a skunk can be just as deadly!! quit kidding yourself! it’s only a matter of time before the odds, which are stacked up against ur free running pup or kit, wins!
i had to learn this lesson the hard way too, via the loss of my kitty Febe on May 1st, of 2010.
that day i came home to discover Febe gone. completely vanished. over the next two days, i took my dog Avé out with me, who’s good at finding things, and we canvased the entire area, including the park next store and surrounding businesses. i also put up flyers EVERYWHERE. no one had seen her, and the last person who had seen her, was a suspicious neighbor across the street who had seen her earlier that day around noon. my kitty had simply vanished! she was friendly to those who came thru the neighborhood, and my suspicions grew that that neighbor across the street had decided to “relocate” her. miss crankybutt is the nicest thing i can say about that neighbor. she will literally go outside when my dogs are out to get them to bark and to taunt them into possibly coming in her yard, so that she can then complain about them being in her yard! old lady……get a life!! grrrrr!!
my other neighbor directly across the street almost got a confession out of the old bat when speaking with her last fall!! everyone liked Febe. She greeted the school kids when they were on their way home from school, she greated neighbors as they went to get their mail at the mailboxes, and visited the closest neighbors while they were out doing yardwork. no one had a complaint or mean thing to say about her.
i now know that Febe’s friendlyness was her downfall, and is partly what made her such an easy target for “relocation”. this is another reason not to let ur cat outdoors. u can never NEVER EVER trust anyone who may seem friendly to kitty!! it may seem like u can, but you just can’t! i learned the hard way!!
it took me a very long time to deal with the loss of Febe. living with me, i knew all sides to Febe. she could be very grouchy and bite when unhappy, and could be very moody as well, but she was my beautiful girl and it didn’t matter. i loved her! she slept with me at night, and i knew i was hers too! so when she disappeared on me never to return, it was completely devastating! i would pass by the local shelters to see if she’d been turned in as a stray; or scan the local ads of found kitties to see if it was her. it still gets to me this day, and the not knowing of what really happend to her at times literally drove me crazy.
it was a very hard lesson to learn. no matter the kitty, just say no! don’t let them out! if kitty starts bouncing off the walls, help them find other ways to channel their energy. play with them! help wear them out!! or if all else fails, use a harness collar and put them on a long line so they can explore outdoors in your yard. keep a close eye on them tho, as the leed could lead to problems as well.
if your excuse is that kitty will find a way to get out, or go nutz if they aren’t let out, sorry…i don’t buy it. use a squirt bottle of water to keep kitty at bay from the front door so that dashing out soon becomes an undesireable action on their part. trust me it works!! eventually, kitty will accept the new rules of being inside only, and will settle in with acceptance. if only i had done this with Febe and not given into her demands to go out. if only i had trouble shooted the situation with my other kitty, and figured out a better solution than LETTING FEBE OUT!! she would still be with me.
and so i wish that the person who had inquired about a kitten recently who’s 10 year old kitty was recently ran over, wouldn’t it be so much better to still have that kitty living inside with a longer lifespan than to have to deal with her final moments of pain and suffering? that is IF you had even been there when the accident occurred?
it’s quite simple. DON’T let ur kitty out!! DON’T let ur dog run astray!! STOP! before it’s too late!