Voodoo the cat had a lucky brush with danger in the last week. Voodoo who lives in Australia fell from the balcony of his owners’ home and plummeted 34 stories down. Bushes broke his fall and his owners said they are sure the bushes must have saved his life. They found him with a hurt paw below waiting for them and rushed him to the vet.
Cats sure are agile creatures but I guess they don’t always land on their feet.
Here are some tips from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on overcoming the lure of the outdoors for cats.
- Make sure screens fit snugly and that cats cannot push them aside.
- Distract cats when you open doors by rolling a toy in another direction.
- Startle cats as they move toward open doorways to dissuade them from going out.
- If all else fails take them outside in enclosed runs designed to keep them safe and let then enjoy the fresh air.
- Staff Writer Dawn Marks