April 2011 Issue

How to Foil The Feline Houdini

Cats that dash out the door put themselves in serious danger. Here’s how to curb this bad behavior.

You’re getting ready to leave the house, and as you put on your coat, you notice your cat Goldie eyeballing you from a few feet away. You slowly open the door, hoping to get out before he makes a run for it. But just as you squeeze through the opening, Goldie darts past you in a disappearing act that would make any magician envious. For many cat owners, keeping their feline companions safely indoors represents the safest care. Cats that live indoors are not at risk of injuries from traffic or predators. An indoor cat is also less likely to be infected by fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites or life threatening viruses, and she is less likely to get lost.

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