Thursday, December 27, 2012

And He Keeps Them Pearly White

A brief public-service announcement:

If you live in Los Angeles, please think about making your indoor-outdoor cats indoors only. I've heard no fewer than eleven stories of cats being killed in their front yards in the last month, in houses from Pacific Palisades to Pasadena.

[Actually, I heard of a coyote trying to grab a morbidly obsese chihuahua as well, but couldn't lift him over the fence. I can't decide whether that's a "Protect your pets" story, a "Don't let your dog get nearly immobile from fat" story or a "On second thought, a chihuahua shaped like a planet might die from a heart attack but at least won't be hauled over the picket fence" story. So I'm leaving it out.]

The coyotes were here first, and they are getting braver with each passing year. I've seen them running down the sidewalk in Hancock Park, a neighborhood locals know is nowhere near uninhabited parkland. They're eating our trash as snacks; let's not make their job easier by leaving their entree waiting.


Blogger sarah said...

Is it even possible to keep a cat exclusively indoors? Mine jumped out of any open window, dashed out through any open doorwary even if it was only open for a second, and sometimes seemed to even shift through solid walls to get outdoors. Luckily, we don't have coyotes.

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Robin Raven said...

That's so sad all the way around. I'll pass this link on to my LA friends; many have or foster cats. Thanks for the warning.

1:54 AM  
Blogger StevenIre said...

The wolf is at the door in more ways than one. Paris had its Courtaud. Barstow shall see it’s cats safe someday.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plus, keeping your cats inside will protect birds and small mammals.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Leta said...

My cat, Pekoe (he's orange, I drink a lot of tea...), is a former stray who is so delighted to get fed every day that he is happy to be an indoor only cat. Pekoe being indoor-only also means that my birding boyfriend regards him as a charming pet rather than a mass murderer of small wildlife. :-)

Indoor cats also don't have to lose arguments with cars.

9:32 AM  

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