Pets are animals kept for pleasure and company and they can become important members of the family. As household pets, cats are dependent on human beings for care and feeding, and although cats have a reputation for being relatively independent, domestic cats require love and attention from their owners.
However, many people don't like cats and this is often as a result of previous experiences with cats roaming, spraying and fighting and the increase in the feral cat population.
Responsible Cat Ownership
Cats that are allowed outside have some degree of freedom and independence, and may enjoy hunting small animals and interacting with other cats; they get plenty of exercise and are unlikely to become bored or lonely. The outdoors, however, poses many hazards to cats, even in rural areas. An outdoor cat may be struck by a car, poisoned by common pesticides, or injured by other animals (other cats or dogs). In addition, the cat may be exposed to the fatal feline diseases that are endemic in the stray cat population.
To ensure your cat is safe it should be:
- Identified with a microchip or collar
- Desexed and immunised
- Confined to your property
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