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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Are white cats more at risk outdoors? At night they sure stand out. I worry about other cats and coyotes altho so far I have been able to keep him in at night.
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My boyfriend's mom found a white cat living outside her house. He was always beat up, but he also didn't have any front claws. (In Indiana, where we are from, it isn't against the law to declaw animals, although it should be.) So I am guessing it was a little bit of both.

She couldn't bring him in because they already had five cats, but three of them went with my boyfriend's sister, so now little white kitty (Charlie) is living inside safe and sound.

I would say all cats have a chance of being hurt. Sorry I couldn't help.

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All white cats are often deaf, mostly if they have blue eyes I believe. Cats that have heterochromia (2 diff. Colored eyes) can also be deaf on the blue-eyed side. The gene that causes white fur and blue eyes also carries deafness.

Obviously depending on where you live all cats are at some degree if risk, but unless she's deaf or partially deaf, she's probably no worse off than any other feral or stray.

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I would say that white cats are more at risk outdoors from predators, because their color stands out against all vegetation, except snow.

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I agree with catloverami. There's a reason black cats are more common than other colors...


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I don't think the cat is deaf or even hard of hearing because he comes when I call him from the outdoors and he is not even in my yard. He has green eyes. I do worry about predators. We don't have them often and they have only been spotted late at night like 2AM and so far I have the cats in by 8PM all night. He does seem clumsier than the mama cat. I always had indoor/outdoor cats while I lived here and they all lived to a ripe old age of 15 and 16 years old. I just haven't had cats for 12 years and wasn't planning on it.
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My boyfriend's mom found a white cat living outside her house. He was always beat up, but he also didn't have any front claws. (In Indiana, where we are from, it isn't against the law to declaw animals, although it should be.) So I am guessing it was a little bit of both.

She couldn't bring him in because they already had five cats, but three of them went with my boyfriend's sister, so now little white kitty (Charlie) is living inside safe and sound.

I would say all cats have a chance of being hurt. Sorry I couldn't help.
Please give your boyfriend's Mom a big thank you for being so kind to 'little white cat'. It's hard on a cat being outside They can survive, but not without claws.

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White cats are extremely sensitive to the sun and often get skin cancer if they spend a lot of time outside without sunscreen. The ears and areas of thinner fur are the biggest problem areas.



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Ditto doodlebug--but it's not only white cats--it's any cat w/ white ears or nose. I have a black and white cat, Erik, w/ precancerous ears (actinic keratosis). He is no longer living outside but he will probably eventually develop cancer.
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