Think that outdoor cat is lost? Think again! Here are nine reasons why it's best to leave that cat outside instead of taking it to a shelter.
1. Less than 2%
This is the national average for cats who are reunited with their owners after coming to a shelter. A cat's best chance at being found by its family is to stay close to home.
2. Non-traditional homes
Not all cats need or want a traditional home. Some outdoor cats have several caretakers who provide food, water, and shelter, often calling more than one house "home."
3. Health and happiness
Cats who are adjusted to living outdoors do not thrive in the shelter, especially when placed into kennels. This causes them extreme stress which leads to illness and can prolong any chance at adoption.
Forcing a cat from its outdoor habitat into a shelter setting can lead to unwanted behavior, including biting and scratching. This puts cats in the shelter at risk.
5. Kitten overload
Underage, orphaned kittens flood our community shelters by the thousands every year. Returning healthy adult cats to their homes leaves room for babies in need.
6. Spay and neuter
After sterilization surgery, cats can no longer reproduce! This helps control the cat population and prevents unwanted litters. The vaccinations will also prevent the spread of disease.
7. Community benefits
Studies show that a sterilized cat in your neighborhood is a deterrent to other cats. Cats who are spayed or neutered are also less likely to spray, fight, roam, and reproduce.
8. Support wildlife
Studies show that outdoor cats with caretakers who provide food are less likely to disturb wildlife, while also keeping other cats away and stopping the birth cycle of more felines.