Our two kittens have gotten pretty big now at 10 months. Since we sometimes
have mice, we have encouraged their natural hunting instincts and they are both
terror on the mole and mouse population. Yesterday Spirit ran into the house
and proudly showed us the 3" garter snake he had caught. The snake was returned
to the woods and since it was an unusal warm February day, the snake was very
doscile having just thawed out. He brought it back today and it was worse for the wear.
Last year we found a copperhead in our yard and I am not eager for our cats to think snakes
are fun toys. I am hoping that when they encounter more agressive snakes, their instinct
will ward them off. I'm wondering if I should be conserned and what others have experienced
with cats and snakes.
Dave
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Oops, that should have read the 3' garter snake ...

Dave
keep the cats indoors, their instinct most likely wont kick in when it comes to venomous snakes and the cats are destroying more wildlife then just moles and mice. read the indoor outdoor article here to see what can happen to outdoor cats
http://littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=indoorsoroutdoors
keep the cats indoors, their instinct most likely wont kick in when it comes to venomous snakes and the cats are destroying more wildlife then just moles and mice. read the indoor outdoor article here to see what can happen to outdoor cats http://littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=indoorsoroutdoors

It would be interesting to see such a detailed list of all the dangers an indoor cat is at risk from as well. All the numerous chemicals, electricity cables/sockets etc, cookers, boiling water, poisonous house plants, doors to get shut in, people to stand on them, objects to fall on them, children to injure them, people to not feed or water them or even abuse them, pets to attack them, rooms to get locked in, washing machines, tumble driers, fridges, freezers, ovens, heaters etc.

Not to mention the fact that someone could break into your house and make your indoor kitty an outside one instantly without your knowledge or even set fire to your house with your cat trapped inside.

You are not able to keep an eye on ANY pet for 100% of the time whether it is out or in.
BOTH HAVE HUGE RISKS!
Oops, that should have read the 3' garter snake ... Dave

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You are not able to keep an eye on ANY pet for 100% of the timewhether it is out or in.

BOTH HAVE HUGE RISKS! >>
I think the biggest single risk for outdoor cats is still cars. But in spite of risk, I do not want to deprive them of the joy of climbing trees or chasing chipmonks. Every cat I have had before had a healthy respect for snakes and I was just wondering if anyone had any thoughts on this. The posionous ones are rare, so I hope that encounters with more agressive garter snakes will make them more cautious.

Dave
whether it is out or in. BOTH HAVE HUGE RISKS! >> I think the biggest single risk for outdoor cats ... posionous ones are rare, so I hope that encounters with more agressive garter snakes will make them more cautious. Dave

That wasn't a dig at you, sorry if you thought it was. Just a bit fed up of reading about how bad the outdoors is, as if the indoors has no risks at all!
Living in England we do not have much worry with snakes. I must say I had always thought that cats like most animals had an inbuilt fear of them. I would imagine that your cat would learn to keep away if it met a wide awake snake in the warmer weather and that it was just lucky and proud to have found a docile one! Glad I dont live where you do, I'd go mad if my cat brought home a snake!!

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A reponsible pet keeper will ensure that there are no risks indoors. Im keeping my cats indoors because i dont want them hit by cars, ripped apart by wild dogs and domesticated dogs, poisoned by horrible people, shot with guns by drunk idiots or kids with bb guns, venomated by venomous snakes, and ya know what i enjoy watchin birds at the bird feeders and squirrels runnin aroun in the yard playin and i dont want to see em murdered by cats. I also want my cats to have a long happy lifespan wich is something they wont have if kept outdoors where they can get diseases from other cats and from the things i listed above.
A reponsible pet keeper will ensure that there are no risks indoors. Im keeping my cats indoors because i dont ... wont have if kept outdoors where they can get diseases from other cats and from the things i listed above.

It is IMPOSSIBLE to remove ALL risks, even indoors. All a responsible owner can do is try their best. I fully UNDERSTAND why people in certain areas keep their cats in, it would be extremely irresponsible to let the majority of cats out into an extremely busy city.

However, these newsgroups are read by people all over the world. In many countries like England it is very safe to let cats out(as long as you dont live in the centre of a big city), There are no risks from diseases or wild animals etc. and lifespan is in no way reduced.
It would be interesting to see such a detailed list ... or in. BOTH HAVE HUGE RISKS! Badger Badger Badger

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