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Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)10:21 UTC+1 No.1662677 Report

If a domestic cat gets lost or runs away, is it able to survive on its own outside?
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Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)12:04 UTC+1 No.1662694 Report

Bump
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Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)12:09 UTC+1 No.1662695 Report

There are a lot of factors involved.
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Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)12:29 UTC+1 No.1662698 Report

Depends. How old is it, has it ever been outside before, is it declawed, do you live near high traffic or large predators, etc. Cats fair better than dogs when it comes to looking after themselves though since they hunt birds and rodents instinctively. Dogs usually rely on scraps they find off the street. While a cat is less likely to starve to death, that won't stop it getting hit by cars or eaten by predators. If the cat's declawed it really has no chance of escaping anything chasing it
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Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)12:42 UTC+1 No.1662701 Report

Declawing cats is not legal here. So I assume it has its claws. And I don't believe there are many predators around here. Dogs, foxes maybe... If they even are predators. So a car or humans would be the only threat.

I'm just asking because I saw a paper with a missing cat on it and was wondering if it could survive. On the picture the cat looked big enough to be fully grown so i assume it is 3+. Was kind of sad.

Thank you.
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Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)15:37 UTC+1 No.1662738 Report

Yeah, depending on the conditions.

Which is part of the reason why they're a horrible pest species, and should be shot at sight when outdoors.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)03:05 UTC+1 No.1663027 Report

>>1662677

Define "survive".

The reality is frankly, no. If for example, a domestic cat can't get proper amounts of taurine within 24 hours, it will probably die. Even if it's somehow able to sustain on meager outdoor diets, it will only live a couple of years max. It will likely pick up parasites, develop feline leukemia, or feline HIV.
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Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)01:03 UTC+1 No.1663605 Report

Was going to post a thread for this but instead I'll post it here

There's an errant cat outside that constantly meows at all hours of the day and night. Since I keep my windows open I get to hear her all the time.

I'm thinking that cat has either been abandoned in this area(very common this time of year in this city) or she's in heat and wants to attract the male strays that are around here.

This is very annoying and I've even been thinking of using pepper spray around my windows and balcony to keep them away but that is pretty cruel, so I'll try lemon scented spray first.

I like cats and I'm not about to get the city involved so they'll kill it(grown black cat so less likely to be adopted), but I need to deal with this problem.
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Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)08:31 UTC+1 No.1663843 Report

>>1663605
When I was a kid, my mom used orange peels to train out cat not to claw our furniture or jump on anything fragile. So I would recommend trying this to keep it away.

Would be nice if you could find an owner for it though.
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Anonymous 06/27/14(Fri)22:31 UTC+1 No.1664167 Report

>>1663843
It would be nice, but I'm not going to try and befriend a stray and then find an owner. I might end up stuck with it.

Citrus peels are a great idea and won't be too offensive to them smell wise, thanks for the tip.
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