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Cats get mostly negative press. It has been written that outdoor cats inflict damage to native wildlife, eat birds and spread rabies. Cats shouldn't be blamed for their owners' indiscretions. Virginia is a rabies epidemic state, and there are a population of animals that are reservoirs for the virus. The health department publishes a rabies compendium and mandates vaccination requirements for all cats (regardless of access to the outside). Vaccinations are to be kept current and animal-care facilities are instructed to not handle unvaccinated cats. Outdoor cats have many additional requirements. In addition to the standard parasite treatment, there are other vaccinations needed to prevent upper respiratory and GI viruses, as well as feline leukemia.
Indoor cats are safe from coyotes, raccoons, foxes and dogs, being hit by a car, simply disappearing or being exposed to poisonous insecticides, antifreeze and other chemicals. Make sure all cats wear an identification