Video: 8 Good Reasons Cats Shouldn’t Go Outdoors Without You

For Immediate Release:
October 29, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Just in time for National Cat Day (October 29), PETA has released a new video that lists the top reasons to keep cats indoors so that they’re safe from the many life-threatening hazards that they could face outdoors.

These reasons include protecting birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and other wildlife; preventing cats from getting trapped in car engines or run over; and protecting them from deadly diseases, infections, poisons, parasites, and intentional cruelty.

“While an indoor cat will usually live about 12 to 20 years, cats left to fend for themselves outdoors have a life expectancy of only one to five years,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “This National Cat Day—and every day—PETA urges everyone to protect their cats from accidents and abuse by keeping them indoors unless they’re under your protective eye.”

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way,” and more information about keeping housecats happy, are available on PETA’s blog.

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