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Outdoor Cat Safety

Martha Stewart Living Television

If your cat loves to wander around outside, you need to consider not only your pet's safety, but also the well-being of other wildlife. Unless you have a fenced-in area in which the cat can play, it might wander away and get lost, attacked by another animal, or injured by a car. And according to the National Audubon Society, roaming house cats pose one of the biggest threats to many of our native songbirds and small rodents such as deer mice, which are an essential part of the diets of hawks, owls, and other birds of prey.

One option is to leave your cat indoors, which is a foolproof safety measure against outdoor hazards. But if your cat loves to cavort outside, consider buying a harness, which you can attach to a leash. Harnesses are available at most pet stores and should fit snugly enough so they won't come loose, but not so tight that they make cats uncomfortable. Before sending your cat outside in a harness, allow your pet to become accustomed to wearing it by putting it on your pet for a few minutes over the course of several days. Another choice is the Kittywalk outdoor cat run, which is made from sturdy fishnet woven to a metal hoop-shaped wicket. The Kittywalk cat run can be easily staked into the ground and will provide a safe, secure place for your cat to relax in the fresh air.

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