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If You Wouldn’t Lock Your Kid Outside…

Written by PETA | May 5, 2011

Our feline friends might think they’re as tough as Catwoman, but Gotham is full of perils for 15-pound balls of fur. Cats face countless dangers outdoors including cars, other animals, deadly contagious diseases, and cruel people who make The Joker look like Bozo the clown.   

PETA routinely gets calls from people whose “outdoor” cats have been poisoned, shot, or tortured to death. In Florida, authorities found lost dogs and cats housed in a warehouse used by dogfighters. In South Dakota, a fur trader was caught selling the skins of cats he had trapped. In Washington, D.C., a cat who went out for her daily stroll returned home covered in hot grease burns.

So what do you do when your cat sits at the door and meows at you as if to say, “I think I’d like to go for a stroll”? Why not tag along?

PETA staffer Chris “Vegan Fury” Holbein takes his morning constitutional with cat Brow Brow and dog Maggie.

There’s no time like Be Kind to Animals Week to give cat-walking a try. Many cats will walk on a harness with an extendable leash after a few days of getting used to it. If that makes Mr. Bigglesworth feel too much like Benji, perhaps he would prefer being chauffeured in a Kittywalk stroller.   

You can also make the great indoors more alluring by providing lots of interactive toys and scratching posts and playing games with your cat. For more ideas, peruse 250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You by PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk.  

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Chris H says:

    Important tip from the dashing guy in the photo: Be sure to keep a super-vigilant eye out for dogs off leash. Brow Brow (legal name Mattie) got charged by a dog the other day; she was terrified and it could have been disastrous if this dog hadn’t been very sweet and if I hadn’t been able to scoop up Brow Brow. -Chris “Vegan Fury” Holbein

  • Carrie says:

    Neat! I take my doggies for walks several times a day. I think cats deserve the same stimulation AND protection!

  • Lisa says:

    It seems to me if your a cat dont live in the USA lol seriously i wouldnt even want to attempt to take my 12 cats for a walk, america do’snt seem a safe place for any animal let alone a cat.

  • Jay says:

    Lisa, it takes courage to be a part of all this. One of the hardest things about animal rights is to read another story, to watch another image. In the past week, I saw video from a dairy farm showing lowlifes striking baby calves with pick-axes(!) in the head. At Huffington Post, a story telling of a couple, who repeatedly shot a seven week old Jack Russell puppy, and then skinned him, to make a belt. (Seems the woman was angry at the ex-girlfriend that gave her the puppy) The other Post story told of two men that decapitated their pit bull with a chainsaw. WTF???!!!! Animal rights isn’t easy, it’s infuriating. I’m thankful to you for sharing your comments. The great sea of people are generally apathetic dimwits, and not worthy of fearing. Others like you, are out here Lisa, I do hope that gives you even the smallest degree of peace.

  • MourningPuss says:

    We buried our beloved cat just today, after somebody shot her. I wish we could trace that person down, but we have no clues. People watch your cats! Sadly we must constrain our cat’s freedom in order to protect them. I wish it wasn’t so. :/

  • Lisa says:

    WOW!!!! Seriously, people have gone to the extreme of taking other peoples pet – can you say sick, demented, disgusting, vile, evil humans?!! I don’t know about any one else out there but humans make me !@#$%^&* sick anymore & I am ashamed to be part of a human race that has become this !@#$%^&* evil. Plain & simple … I hate them! I never used to be like this until the more I see, hear & read about the evil !@#$%^&* humans are doing to animals. Personally, the same !@#$%^&* should be done to those humans that have done the abuse to ANY innocent animal OR human! IT IS ONLY FAIR & they sooooo deserve it. Why not, they made the choice to abuse &/or take a life of an innocent animal (or human)then they deserve no respect & the same in return! We can’t keep turning the other cheek, slapping them on the hand & telling them to stop it, they don’t deserve it. My cats stay inside, they’re happy, healthy & SAFE from the evil !@#$%^&* crap that’s out there. Heck you know when I go out walking or running … my head is a swivel. I trust no one, not anymore, you can’t, even when driving. It’s a very scary, scary world out there & I hate that I feel this way, I hate that I am afraid of humans, I hate that I don’t feel safe … any were. I would never, ever do anything to harm any INNOCENT animal (or human), I wasn’t brought up that way.

  • Mina Jade says:

    How very true! And thank you for the tips!

  • Nina says:

    Isn’t that a bit exaggerated? Don’t you think a close to nature life is best for them? I try to imagine having my morning walk with my three cats and my dog… What a mess! My cats sometimes come with me, when I walk but on their own free will, everything else I consider a severe restriction to their right to be free!

  • kathy says:

    That’s so cute. My neighbor’s cat naps, plays and lounges in our yard. It makes me quite stressed that she’s out and about but they won’t change.

  • MA Moore says:

    Great article!