A few simple precautions can protect your beloved home cat from falling off the balcony, getting injured or lost on the streets.
Cats can be so misunderstood. Some claim that cats would rather be alone and independent or wander outside than being safe in a home, but this is so wrong. Most cats love to be part of a family, be around people, play with toys, get cuddled and petted. They are curious to explore new things or chase anything moving or flying, activities that put them at risk of getting hurt or getting lost.
They are just like babies or kids who don’t know the risks and they are always in danger. Wouldn’t you protect your kid from falling off the balcony or from traffic when out on the street? Why not protect your cat too?
If your cat could speak, he or she would say:
Please human, keep me safe!
You made my world brighter the minute you made me a member of your loving family and gave me a home, where I can be clean, well-fed and safe away from the streets. But I feel worried these days as I hear a lot of incidents with missing cats.
My dear human, I don’t want to be one of those missing cats. I can imagine how they must be feeling, alone and afraid in the unfriendly outside world. If there is something I can do, anything, please let me know and I will try to understand. I will do my best and try to keep myself safe, but the truth is that I am A CAT, with feline genes, which means I love to run, jump high or climb, chase flies or other insects, I get really excited while watching the birds – maybe too excited to consider the possible danger of falling off the balcony and getting injured or lost. Haven’t you heard that “curiosity killed the cat”? Well, I am afraid this can be true.
Oh human, please don’t let me disappear and get hurt or even killed just because I am a little bit curious and adventurous. Please don’t think, not even for a minute, that I would love to spend my life away from you, or alone on the streets, without your kisses, cuddles and your precious care and, ok, I admit it, the plentiful food and my clean toilet! Please don’t think that I prefer wandering the streets to being in your lovely, warm home with you around. I really cherish our playtime and I don’t want to miss that.
But I am just a cat. So, please keep me safe!
Let me enjoy the fresh air and the bird-watching on the balcony or the yard, but if you love me enough, if you care for me, if you don’t want to lose me, please try to protect me from the outdoor dangers. Falling, getting hurt, getting lost, feeling frightened… All these would be so stressful for me, especially when I cannot so easily find my way back home – I am not that good in orientation, particularly when I’m scared or hurting. You know I would not survive on the streets since I am not familiar with the cars or strange noises or dogs or other felines, wilder than me, or even other humans who would be annoyed by my presence.
So human, please keep me safe! You may think it’s ok for me to walk on the railings (it is quite fun) or wander free in the yard, or get some rest by the open window – but I can be off in a second and it wouldn’t be my fault. Other cats are calling to me and flies and birds are passing by all the time tempting me to go after them.
Please take my worries seriously, to keep me by your side forever!
“Keep me safe” tips:
But if, despite all these precautions, I do get lost, PLEASE try to find me and not give up on me, ’cause I‘ll be needing you and waiting for you to come and take me back home in your loving arms. Putting posters all around the area is so vital, but so often people don’t do it. And don’t give up the search. Ever! I hear that cats rarely go far from where they got lost, so If I get lost I‘ll be somewhere around trying to find my way back. You can also spread around some of my litter or even place the litter box outside home, I can smell it and come to you. (I read somewhere that it works.)
It is vital to be dedicated and thorough in searching, making sure everyone in the neighbourhood knows, putting posters and leaflets all around, searching day and night. And NOT GIVING UP!
But by caring enough to take these basic steps to protect your cat in your home, you can prevent that dreadful consequence.