Nine common dangers
that get our felines into trouble —
plus tips to protect them.
BY SUSAN LOGAN-MCCRACKEN
THE ORIGINS OF THE FAMOUS PROVERB, “CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT,”
is debated, but its meaning is universally understood. Cats are known
for their curiosity, which is a hallmark of their intelligence.
Curiosity shows the desire and the ability to learn, but it also can get
cats into trouble. Here are nine common dangers that trip up our
feline friends, along with tips to protect them.
1 Their hormones Cats’ urge to mate compels them to do reckless things, like darting into traffic or trying to escape from their home. Spaying or neutering not only prevents
overpopulation, it also makes cats safer and happier in their homes. “They get
into fights with other cats if they haven’t been spayed or neutered,” says Sharon
Eisen, D.V.M., owner of The Complete Cat Veterinary Clinic, an all-feline exclusive
hospital in Brookfield, Connecticut. Simply getting cats fixed will make them less
likely to want to go out, she says, which leads me to my next point.
2 The outdoors All kinds of dangers lurk outdoors for cats. In her 30 years of feline practice,
Dr. Eisen has seen her share of emergencies. Many of them could have been
prevented if the cats had been kept indoors. Getting hit by a car is one of the
Of Embrace Pet Insurance’s
20,000 cat policies, these were the
most common accident-related cat
insurance claims from November
2016 through May 2017.
1. Foreign material ingestion
2. Bone fractures
3. Animal bite wounds
4. Fractured teeth
5. Broken nails
Source: Embrace Pet Insurance