There is no way to get around the fact that safe cats are indoor cats. Here are some convincing reasons for keeping feline pets inside the house.
Car fatalities: More cats are killed by cars each year than are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters. Now that's a lot of cats.
Parasites and communicable diseases: Outdoor cats come into contact with other cats and wildlife that can transmit fleas, ticks and ringworm, as well as serious diseases such as rabies, feline leukemia, upper respiratory infections, infectious peritonitis and feline immune deficiency virus.
Predators and dog packs: Outdoor cats are sitting ducks for owls, hawks, coyotes, dogs, bobcats and cougars. The domestic cat rarely has a chance of escaping.
Abscesses from fighting: Cats are territorial and often get into fights resulting in infected bite wounds.
Neighbor problems: Not all neighbors appreciate cats, especially if the cat uses their yard as a litter box or catches rabbits, chipmunks, lizards and birds. Disgruntled neighbors may capture the cat and take it to a shelter, dump it far away or even kill it.
Human abuse: Free roaming cats are easy targets for cat haters, disturbed youth with time on their hands, and neighbors who think a cat should be killed for trespassing on their property.
Getting lost: Some cats stray far enough from home that they don't find their way back. Others are picked up as strays or even taken in by other cat lovers.
Stolen cats: Some catnappers sell cats to research labs or use them as bait for training fighting dogs.
Please help our shelter by spaying or neutering your cats and kittens. Our shelter is currently stuffed full with many lovely cats. Here are just a few:
Spot is an 11-month-old, black and white, spayed female kitty. She is a wonderful, friendly cat who is growing up at our shelter.
She is so sweet and welcoming when new cats come into her kennel, and she puts them at ease in a new situation.
She loves it when people spend time with her, and never loses hope that she, too, will find a loving home with a special family.
Mikie is a sweet, 3-year-old, neutered male gray tabby cat with some white on his chest and feet.
The first thing you notice about him are his extra large, luminous green eyes. They are as big as his dainty paws.
Mikie is a loverboy who likes to be held and stroked. He really perks up when offered a special treat.
He is a well-balanced cat who gets along nicely with other cats.
Noah is a suave, young 10-month-old, neutered male honey brown tabby cat. He is such a handsome boy with his mackerel striping and pale green eyes.
Noah is a friendly, outgoing cat who will enjoy the security of a comfortable, caring home with a family that dotes on him.
He gets along famously with other cats and is still young enough to be able to adjust easily to new situations.
Archie is a happy, 3-year-old, neutered male orange tabby cat. He is Mr. Sunshine, in our opinion, because he has a positive, upbeat attitude toward life.
He likes to be where the action is and always is first in line if there is food or fun to be had.
Archie has great potential to become your favorite tomcat ever.
Cookie is a dear, 3-year-old, spayed female gray tabby cat. She has some white on her chest and legs for an attractive contrast.
Lover Girl lost her home due to her owner's passing away, and came to our shelter with her orange male cat friend Scout.
They are both very sad at the turn of events and hope perhaps a kind senior family may find it in their hearts to take them in and love them forever.
The Payson Humane Society animal shelter is located at 812 S. McLane Road, just south of Main Street.