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There are many good reasons for keeping cats and other companion animals indoors. Free-roaming cats are far more likely to contract contagious diseases like FIV, or fleas and ticks. Cats that are allowed outdoors also face dangers from vehicle traffic, and injuries from fights with other cats. But, in one of those “only in Florida” situations, outdoor cats in Cape Coral may also be vulnerable to being eaten by giant lizards.

Last week, the Naples News reported the death of “Largo,” a 16-year-old cat who was apparently mauled by a wild animal. The cat’s “owners” blamed the death on monitor lizards spotted in the neighborhood. (We think the negligent owners are equally responsible for the animal’s death.) The lizards, who have a mouthful of sharp teeth and can grow to be 7 feet long, are descendants of pets that were released into the wild. The City of Cape Coral traps and kills dozens of the lizards each year.

Click here to download the HSUS’ flier, “A Safe Cat is a Happy Cat.”

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