While some people let their cats roam freely outside, be careful. Outside can represent all kinds of dangers from dogs and cars to malicious humans and diseases. The latest study by the University of Maryland concludes that cats can be safer by staying indoors.

Researchers found that there was a 61% probability that cats would face a raccoon, which is the prolific spreader of rabies. Cats also had a 56% probability of meeting a possum, which can also spread rabies. So keep your cat inside for its own safety. Your cat may not like it, so make sure you make your home a fun and safe place for your cat to live.

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