June 2010 Issue

Convert the Outdoor Cat to Indoor Pet

If you remember to put health and safety first, there are ways to make a smooth, happy transition for all.

At the riding stable where your teenage daughter takes lessons, a young barn cat had a litter of playful, adorable kittens. A few months after the kittens were adopted, however, the mother cat remained – and as the cool Autumn weather settled in, you worried about her welfare. The barn owner made it clear that he didn’t care if she hung around or not — she wasn’t much of a mouser — so you decided to scoop her up, put her in the backseat of your car and take her home. The above fantasy exists in the life of every cat lover, but the reality is that when bringing home an outdoor cat (such as a neighborhood stray or a barn cat), you need to take precautions for everyone’s health and safety. Luckily, if a new owner anticipates the adoption and potential problems — and addresses them accordingly — they can be greatly minimized.

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