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It's Probably Not a Good Idea to Let Your DC House Cat Outside - Source Washingtonian

Posted on Jul 18,2019
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BY DEBRA BRUNO

WASHINGTON, DC. - It’s the time of year when many city house cats wage war against their captivity. Maybe yours takes airborne swipes at the front doorknob, trying to unlatch that sweet portal to freedom. Or perhaps your cat plots in the corner, waiting for the perfect chance to slip out as you step onto the porch.

What are they running from? Us, partly. Cats “love being stimulated mentally and emotionally,” says Ellen Carozza, a veterinary technician at NOVA Cat Clinic. “So when their home life is not enriched, of course the outdoor environment looks so much more inviting.”

I learned the hard way just how terrible an idea it can be to let the cat out—and my chubby, sedentary Olive isn’t even the escape-artist type. She didn’t sneak out. I let her into our upper Northwest yard one evening last spring, thinking it would be a nice treat before bedtime. Olive was outside only a few minutes when I heard the hissing. On my back steps, the biggest raccoon I’d ever seen was straddling her. I screamed, the raccoon turned, and Olive used her attacker’s momentary distraction to twist free and vault into the house.

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