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Train cats to come home at night 'to keep them safe'

Monday, 24th September 2012

Cat owners may want to think about training their pets to come in at night because most injuries occur during darkness.

Jane Lax, a blogger writing for STV, had spent time with the Moray Cats Protection. She explained that owners can start giving their pet its cat food just before dark and then shutting it in.

She wrote: "Most cats get injured or killed during darkness when there is the increased threat of road accidents, theft and also physical attacks.

"Call them in to feed them and then keep them in, and if they have been used to getting out, it will take them a while but it is better for them."

Ms Lax also highlighted the importance of neutering to safety, as cats are less likely to spay, roam and fight if they have been neutered.

Another tip for keeping cats safe is encouraging them to stay around their own home and garden by creating a cat-friendly home, she said.

In 2010, it was estimated that 26 per cent of the UK population owned one cat or more.