Yesterday I had to put down a beautiful three-year-old cat named Chansey who was just days away from going to his forever home
Yesterday I took him to the vet for his final checkup before being adopted. Among other routine things they did a Feline Leukemia test which, despite an earlier test done at another vet's office being negative, ended up positive.
Because of Feline Leukemia
RIGHT THE FRIG HERE.
Pet cats who get feline leukemia are usually cats allowed outdoors unsupervised and then get in fights with stray/feral cats who are infected. The disease is passed through blood/saliva remember
I've said this so many times on here and every time I say it, I get people in my mentions arguing how it's CRUEL to keep a cat indoors, how they knew a cat that lived the FORTY-FIVE and went outside every day of its life
And you know what? Shut up. SHUT. UP.
Another of my cats, Martha, who died of advanced lung cancer caused by Feline Leukemia, was five years old. She was formerly feral before a rescue org took her in.
I am talking about YOUR PET CAT
Who you, I hope, love & want to keep safe & healthy
Indoor cats so rarely get Feline Leukemia
Outdoor cats--EVEN IF VACCINATED--are at a much higher risk
Think about that
And honestly? That's bullshit.
Teach your cat to accept a harness/leash
Build an outdoor "catio" type thing so the cats can hang out outdoors in a safe way
There are safe options. They exist. If you make the effort
Chansey and Martha, my poor babies, transitioned. I JUST took in a totally feral cat who is having 0 issues adjusting to life inside, who is safe now from all the harm she'd faced before.
IT CAN BE DONE.
I watched him die.
I watched him die
I watched him die
If it's not enough for me to tell you your outdoor cat can do irreparable harm to the environment
You will watch your cat die knowing this never had to happen
You will watch your cat die.
I know culturally a lot of European countries embrace the notion cats NEED to be outside. I live in Spain so I know it very well. And I know in the UK people often say they don't have predators like in the US, so their cats are fine outdoors
So I know there's resistance to keeping cats indoors that is deeply ingrained. I get it. I do.
But it's possible to change things
It's possible, it is
Anyway, I know these things.
But they don't change the fact Feline Leukemia exists