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Old 09-05-2012, 07:26 AM
 
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Wondering whether animal control in College Park actively pursues loose cats in neighborhoods? Our cats were indoor/outdoor where we came from, but the animal control only came around if someone trapped a cat, so they were safe. I am curious if it's the same here or if we run the risk of them being caught.
They are pretty sad to be indoors, I think they have a bit of kitty depression.
Thanks!
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:39 AM
 
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Personally, I'd recommend that you keep them indoors. Too many risks to let them out -- getting hit by cars, attacked by other animals, finding something poisonous, or getting picked up by animal control or someone else.

Put a cat tree by a window and hang a bird feeder outside. That will keep them entertained for quite a while!
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:42 AM
 
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They are already indoor/outdoor... I know the risks associated with letting them out, but no amount of bird-watching will replace the real deal.
I'm really just curious about whether or not College Park's animal control actually goes around looking for animals.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:32 PM
 
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Are you familiar with the term "feral cats"? Lots of them start out as someone's indoor/outdoor cats.
I don't like the feral ones as they destroy all wildlife in an area but someone's pet running around does keep rodent population in check.
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:40 AM
 
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I see cats out and about in my neighborhood. I haven't noticed furtive glances, disguises or other signs of being hunted. Seriously, though, Animal Control's website says they are mostly funded by donations. I'd ask some neighbors and make sure the kitties are collared and chipped. My guess is that DC-area metros have their hands full with human control.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:51 AM
 
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Thanks, jBPisgah, that's exactly what I needed to know!
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:02 PM
 
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Thanks, jBPisgah, that's exactly what I needed to know!
Hmmm...I don't what to overstate what I know, since my cat is inside and I've only lived here three weeks. My impression of CP tells me no problemo, and I do see cats out and about. I would talk to your neighbors to be sure.
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