Should You Let Your Cat Go Outside?

Happy Friday everyone!  I found this article from interesting and wanted to share it with you all.  Many cat parents that I know feel bad about not letting their cats outside, I’m not one of them, but many do.

Another reason why I don’t let Maggie outside, which is not listed in this article, is that our cats can cause injuries and/or death to other wildlife.  I use bird feeders to draw birds and squirrels to our property to keep Maggie stimulated while keeping my feathered friends safe.

I hope you enjoy this article.  You can find lots of great animal related information at

Should You Let Your Cat Go Outside?

25 April, 2017

Are you a guilty cat owner who thinks your indoor cat really wants to go outside?  For most of us, our indoor cats are pretty happy to just look outside or rest on a window perch and watch the birds outdoors.  But, sometimes, our cats get the itch to go outside and there are many reasons why you should try to avoid it.

Below are some of the many reasons why you should not let your cat go outside:

Outdoor cats are more prone to infections, fleas and tick

Outdoor cats are more prone to infectious diseases because of encounters with wildlife and other outdoor pets.  If your cat must be outside, make sure she is fully vaccinated and spayed, or neutered. And all it takes is one flea or tick that jumps on your cat while outside to start an entire infestation on your cat and even your home.

Your outdoor cat can easily get hit by a car (if you live in the city)

An outdoor cat darting across the street is a perfect target for a moving vehicle and cats that are hit by cars rarely survive.  Cats don’t know how to behave around cars.

Your dog can get in a fight with another cat, dog or be attacked by a coyote

We may think of our cats as predators who are capable of taking care of themselves. Unfortunately, cats are commonly attacked by loose dogs, coyotes, and raccoons. Injuries or bites from wild animals and stray dog attacks are very serious and often fatal.

There are many toxins and poison that your cat could ingest

When you let your cat outside, your kitty can easily come into contact with toxins, such as fertilizer, bug spray or any other poison when outdoors.  It is such an adventure for them, you don’t know what they literally lick up.

Your cat could get scared and climb up a tree

Trees can be a source of some danger for cats who climb to a place where they are afraid or unable to climb down. In some cases, they may be up in a tree for days until they become so severely dehydrated and weak that they fall and suffer severe, serious or fatal injuries.

Your cat can run away and not come back

If your let your cat outdoors, there is no guarantee that he or she can find her way back home.

Most of our indoor cats are declawed

If your cat does not have claws, you really should not let your cat outside.  Your kitty has absolutely no defense in any sort of attack.

If you decide to let you cat out, please make sure that you, at least, do the following:

Make sure to provide your cat with a harness or a collar that includes an identification tag.  Your cat must be fully vaccinated and are spayed or neutered.  Attach a bell to their collar to alert people they are around and consider teaching your cat to walk on a leash.

If your cat is itching to go outside, see our other article on How to Keep Your Indoor Cat Entertained



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And Down It Went

You consider yourself a good pet parent, right?  You feed your fur babies well, make sure they’re safe, and even schedule yourself around what they need.  So, when you miss something, even something small, that hurts them, you can’t help but blame yourself.

If you know what I’m talking about, then you’ll understand how I’m feeling right now.

Maggie (8)

I’m always so vigilant about not leaving things out that Maggie could get into.  I keep knives off the counter, plants up where she can’t get to them.  You get what I mean.

So, yesterday’s events caught me completely by surprise.

Long story, short…I left a rubber band on the counter.  It’s not something I would ordinarily do, even though I would never have believed Maggie would care about it anyway.  My friend asked me what she was chewing on.  As soon as she knew I was paying attention and before I could react…yep, she swallowed it.


My adorable little Muffin…who never does anything wrong…who likes to jump in the clothes dryer while I’m folding laundry…who plays in the sheets while I’m making the bed…swallowed that darn rubber band.

Now, keep in mind, even though I consider myself a really good pet parent, I had no idea what to do.  I was actually expecting Maggie to vomit it up, but that didn’t happen.  Then I assumed she’d just poop it out.

Thankfully, I have, without question, the world’s greatest vet.  I emailed her on a Saturday night to find out if I should be concerned and she responded very quickly.  My options were to take her to the emergency animal hospital to induce vomiting or wait it out and see if she passes it.  The problem with waiting is that it could become an obstruction.  It may take a week or so and I’d have to watch her closely.  If she stops eating and starts vomiting then it became an obstruction.

Well, I’m waiting.  I didn’t want to traumatize her unnecessarily. Looking back now I wish I had taken her in to induce vomiting, but it’s too late now.

So, why am I telling you this?

I’m writing this post and telling you about my mistakes in an effort to help someone else to not make them too.  We often assume that our pets will just poop out whatever they swallow, but that’s not guaranteed.  We try to save money by taking the “wait and see” approach.  The problem with that is if it does become an obstruction, not only will it be a dangerous and traumatic experience for our babies, but it will be a whole lot more expensive to handle.

I guess the moral of this story would be to keep small objects out of your pet’s reach.  Even if they’ve never done anything like that before, like Maggie, they can surprise you one day.  We have to be as vigilant with our pets as we would with a human toddler.  Because, if you think about it, no matter how old they are, aren’t they just toddlers with fur and four legs?

Let’s keep our babies safe!

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All Lives Do Matter

I was going to write about a different topic this month, but in light of recent events, not just here in America, but around the world, I decided to share my personal views about – ALL LIVES DO MATTER.

We come together when a human life is taken too soon and needlessly, as we should. Standing for what is right and wanting justice for the victims is an appropriate reaction for our fellow man. I, too, stand for justice and punishment for the perpetrator(s), regardless of who they are. My heart breaks, watching the news, as loved ones mourn the loss of a friend or family member.

But for me…it doesn’t end there.025

To me, and I hope, other animal lovers around the world, animal lives matter too. Yet, animals are being abused, tortured, neglected, and killed under our very noses every day. They are used to entertain and it’s rarely considered what it takes to get an elephant to balance on a drum or a tiger to jump through a flaming hoop. It’s sad when we see a news report that an orca died at a sea aquarium, yet few give a second thought that the beautiful whale should not have been captive in the first place. Thousands of dogs are left outside through the hottest summers and coldest winters, spending their entire lives at the end of a chain, which is consider normal to many. And factory farm animals are treated so horrifically that it’s too painful to watch the videos and look at the pictures proving the abuse going on behind closed doors.  And let’s not forget horse racing, dog racing, bullfighting, cockfighting, dog fighting.  The list goes on.150

In most cases, we feel as helpless to put an end to animal cruelty as we are to stop the violent murders of innocent people. But nothing will change in silence.

If you can’t afford to donate money, sign petitions; and if you are unable to get involved in activism, at very least, make a decision not to support the very behaviors that continue to perpetuate the cruelty.  Actions really do speak louder than words!

Chance’s Dream Animal Rescue is only able to “help keep pet families together” with the support of animal lovers like you.  Your donations are appreciated!

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Animal lovers…what are you grateful for?



Can you believe we’re getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving already? Another year has flown by. I have so much to be grateful for, but I’d like to focus on my pets, past and present, for this blog. I’ve had the privilege to be a pet mom for over 25 years now and wouldn’t change a minute of it. Other than having them live forever, of course.



Photo of black dog with white neck.


If you’ve read the stories on the Chance’s Dream website you already know the struggles and challenges experienced with each one. Jake was taken way too soon at 3 1/2 years old by leukemia; Tasha struggled over the years with numerous afflictions, but lost her battle with breast cancer 2 months before her 13th birthday; and Chance succumbed to liver disease three weeks before her 15th birthday. I am so blessed to still have Maggie, who will be turning 16 this February. While we are working to keep her quality of life strong, she is not without her challenges. I joke with our vet, that I’m so learned about animal care, that I could go work for her. I’ve also been blessed to have a vet who is aware of holistic alternatives. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as holistically aware when Jake was alive as I was for Tasha and Chance and now for Maggie.  Our most recent loss came much too soon.  My sweet little Ginger Snap had an ovarian tumor that was just too risky to remove considering her size and age.  And, although she was with me for such a short time, Ginger Snap will be a forever reminder of why I do what I do through Chance’s Dream. No pet should lose their home and family just for being sick or injured and she was no exception.

Ginger Snap

Ginger Snap

Each pet taught me so much about myself and my capacity to love, care for, and sacrifice for another living being. Interacting with their different personalities has been so much fun as well.

I am also grateful for the ability to help wanted pets receive needed veterinary care for curable injuries and illnesses. I know from personal experience how straining it can be to face unexpected vet care while struggling to pay your bills.

A few thoughts for a safe & happy holiday:

1. We’re all told not to feed our pets people food. And as tempting as it is, keep the turkey sneaks to a minimum. Fido and Fluffy will feel better in the long run and you won’t have to worry about the aftermath of an upset stomach on your carpet. Keep pet treats handy so they won’t feel left out of the celebration.

2. Be aware of decoration placement so your pets won’t get hurt chewing on an electrical cord or end up with an obstruction from swallowing something that should be out of their reach.

3. Express gratitude to your pets for their unconditional love and loyalty.  They are there for us through the good times and bad, even when we’re not so lovable.  Who else is so quick to forgive us and by our sides any time of the day or night?

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!Chance_lori

We appreciate your support!  Without your generous donations we couldn’t provide the care that keeps pet families together.

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No Tricks or Treats for Your Pets

Pics 10-2015 321Halloween is just around the corner so let’s all plan ahead to keep our pets safe.  Trick or treaters will be knocking on our doors seeking out more candy than anyone should ever eat.  Before the festivities get started, let’s keep a few safety precautions in mind so everyone, including our four-legged members of the family, can enjoy the holiday safely.

  1. Keep your pets safely in another room or put up a baby gate to keep them from escaping through an open door.  While you’re admiring the adorable and scary costumes, a scared or curious pet can sneak passed you without you even noticing.  Gauge your pets behavior.  We may not realize that our pets are responding negatively to constant door bells ringing and happy squeals from strangers at the door.  Halloween isn’t a good time for your pet to be wandering around the neighborhood.  They may end up involved in an accident or in the hands of a mean-spirited individual who may harm them.
  2. Our pets are curious little critters especially when they get a whiff of goodies in the air.  Make sure that bowl of candy is out of your pet’s reach.  Chocolate and other candy are extremely toxic to dogs and cats.  Xylitol, an artificial sweetener in candy isn’t the only danger.  Hard candy and candy wrappers can get lodged in their throats causing them to choke or can cause an obstruction.  Also, kids love to stash candy in their rooms.  Make sure they  stash the candy in a safe place where your pet’s keen sense of smell won’t be able to  get to it.
  3. If you choose to decorate your home, consider where best to display your Halloween decorations and candles, and be especially aware of extension cords.  Keep them out of your pet’s reach so they can’t be eaten or knocked over, which can lead to choking, electrical shock, or even fire.
  4. Be prepared with the location and number to a 24-hour emergency clinic if your vet is not available after hours.  And if your pet has consumed a toxic substance, immediately contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Halloween!

Chance’s Dream Animal Rescue is only able to “help keep pet families together” with the support of animal lovers like you.  Your donations are appreciated!

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Do Not Leave Your Dog in the Car

Lare of the Bear (66)Although we are more than halfway through summer, we still have plenty of hot days ahead of us.  Many pet parents do not understand or believe that the temperature inside of a car can increase by 20 degrees within 30 minutes.  Cracking a window or parking in the shade has very little impact in keeping your dog safe.  Overheating can kill your dog!

If you come across a car with a pet that is panting heavily follow these step to help save a life.

  • If there’s time, take down the license plate number and have the store page the owner.  Hopefully, you will reach the person and get the pet out of the car in time.
  • If the pet is obviously in distress call 911 to get immediate assistance.
  • If there is not time to wait for a police officer, get someone to witness the pet’s distress before breaking into the vehicle to rescue the animal.

It’s up to us to be a voice for the voiceless.  Please don’t walk away assuming the animal will be fine.

Chance’s Dream Animal Rescue is only able to “help keep pet families together” with the support of animal lovers like you.  Your donations are appreciated!


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Make Your Pet A Smoke-Free Zone

For better or worse I recognize that people have a right to make whatever decisions they want that affect themselves and their health – smoking included.  If a person wants to harm himself…have at it.  However, I do not believe that they have a right to affect the well-being of others, especially the ones with no voice, such as children and pets.  We see television commercials pretty frequently trying to persuade smokers to make kids a smoke-free zone, but what about your pets?  They are equally susceptible to the dangers of secondhand smoke as humans.  It makes me crazy when I see someone smoking while driving with the window barely cracked and a dog in the back seat.  Those poor animals are forced to breath smoke filled air and suffer the consequences they are subjected to.

Argue all you’d like, but the effects of secondhand smoke are well researched and documented.  According to an article I read from WebMD, “Tobacco smoke has more than 4,000 chemical compounds, at least 250 are known to cause disease.  Secondhand smoke makes you more likely to get lung cancer and many other types of cancer. It’s also bad for your heart.  Every year in the U.S., secondhand smoke causes about 34,000 deaths from heart disease and 7,300 deaths from lung cancer, the CDC says.  Smoke makes your blood stickier, raises your “bad” LDL cholesterol, and damages the lining of your blood vessels. Eventually, these changes can make you more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.” 

Every year exposure to secondhand smoke causes thousands of lung cancer and heart disease deaths among nonsmokers, according to the California Environmental Protection Agency.  And it is linked to respiratory infections, chronic cough, ear infections and severe asthma attacks in children.

So is it really difficult to connect the effects secondhand smoke has on humans to pets?  “There have been a number of scientific papers recently that have reported the significant health threat secondhand smoke poses to pets,” stated veterinarian Carolynn MacAllister. “Secondhand smoke has been associated with oral cancer and lymphoma in cats, lung and nasal cancer in dogs, as well as lung cancer in birds.”

Let’s protect our pets from secondhand smoke and give those precious members of the family the safe, healthy life they deserve.

Make Your Pet A Smoke-Free Zone!

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