Despite the fact that the Guardians are giving Me doses of nasty tasting medications twice a day, I felt it urgent that to talk to you today about an important topic. You see, Limbo kitty Cookie has been getting into a lot of fights recently. These fights are often short, and may seem like minor squabbles to people who are really committed to the idea of cats being outside, but even minor squabbles can have very dangerous consequences.
Some people might say, “Cats will be cats…” and not give these brief skirmishes a second thought. But a close inspection of Cookie’s body shows that she is suffering damage in these fights, and no doubt dishing out some of her own as well.
So, what’s a few scratches and puncture wounds between cats, right? Well, a few scratches and puncture wounds between cats very well could mean transmission of horrible diseases like the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) or Feline Leukemia (FeLV). Even cats who have been vaccinated against these diseases are not 100% protected, so the only sure way to prevent your cat from being exposed is to keep your cat isolated from infected animals. Indoor/outdoor Limbo kitties like Cookie are constantly coming into contact with other kitties roaming free in the world. Any or all of these cats may become carriers of illness that is easily spread when they fight with one another.
It’s true that cats will be cats, and that is why cats need responsible Guardians that will protect them and keep them out of harm’s way. If they do not, there is a good chance that cats being cats will lead to cats being infected, and that will lead to those cats prematurely ceasing to be.
So Sayeth Otis