This letter to the editor, published in the Salt Lake Tribune, offers a great summary of reasons why cats should not be allowed to roam freely. The author is a veterinarian.
Keeping your cat a good quality of life at home requires two things: 1. a secure area from which your cat cannot escape, 2. lots of things for your cat to do so that they get exercise, get social interaction and don’t get bored. Fortunately, neither of these things is hard to do.
We’ve written before about the studies, where researchers put GPS trackers on people’s cats, and then show them where their pet has travelled. Invariably, cat owners are amazed at how far their pets wander, often crossing busy streets in the process. The latest such research is from New Plymouth.
Ollie the cat was one of the lucky ones. He was found in Takapuna, Auckland after disappearing five months earlier from Botany. Somehow, this one-year-old cat had made it across the Waitemata Harbour, travelling about 30km from his home.
Cats without microchips found roaming in sensitive environments would be killed under Auckland Council’s proposed pest eradication programme.
Paddles, the famous “First Cat of New Zealand,” was killed by a car yesterday in Auckland. Paddles was a polydactyl from the SPCA, and she become a worldwide sensation on Twitter when her mum, Jacinda Ardern, became the country’s Prime Minister last month.
We hate having to repost stories like this, but if you let your cat roam, you need to be aware that there are some very vicious people out there.
A few days ago we did an interesting Oscillot installation in Millwater, north of Auckland. This brand new row house had a fence built of aluminium posts with thin synthetic horizontal slats. We attached the Oscillot dual knuckle posts to the fence posts for stability, and added treated timber behind the Oscillot paddles to close
Horrible, but this is what can happen to a roaming cat. Please consider keeping your cat safely contained on your own property. Two cats shot in northwest Auckland An Auckland woman is “terrified” to let her cats outside after one was shot in the leg – causing its limb to be amputated. Lee Attwell’s five-month-old
If you really love your cat, don’t set it free as they can and do hunt for fun, says Abigail Tucker, wildlife writer for The Smithsonian magazine.