Petscene: A cat owner in a dog county |

Petscene: A cat owner in a dog county

ELISABETH JORDANSpecial to the Daily
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There are many challenges that cat owners face in the High Country that they wouldnt normally face living in a city. Listed below are some common questions asked by cat owners.

Other than supermarkets and department stores like Wal-Mart and Target, you can obtain cat supplies at local pet shops. Some are The Barnyard and Elk Mountain Trading Company in Frisco and Paws & Claws Pet Supply in Breckenridge.If we dont have what you want in stock, well be happy to order it for you. We have lots of catalogues you can look through, said Cynthia Wolfe of The Barnyard in Frisco. Cat supplies can be ordered online also at

There are some very talented vets in Summit County that are very good with cats, said Bill of The Barnyard.Although there isnt a cats only veterinary clinic in Summit County, The Frisco Animal Hospital, Buffalo Mountain Animal Hospital, Alpine Veterinary Practice and The Breckenridge Animal Clinic all treat cats.

No. The biggest challenge to cat owners in Summit County is the wildlife outside, warns Donna Taylor of the Summit County Animal Shelter in Frisco and Sharon Alcalay of The Dog Den in Dillon.The risk of coyotes attacking your cat is too great to ignore. There are too many stories of cats allowed outside that never return home. It is best to keep cats inside to avoid their interaction with coyotes, foxes, raccoons and dogs. Statistically, indoor cats live longer than cats permitted outside, too, because they have a lower risk of contracting diseases from other animals.

The rental situation is very difficult in Summit County for pet owners, Taylor said.Because there arent enough pet-friendly landlords, many cat owners who move to the county for work must relinquish their cats to the shelter because they cant find a place that will accept cats. For this reason, Taylor keeps a list of pet-friendly landlords. If you need to find a pet-friendly rental, contact Taylor at the shelter at (970) 668-3230. Additionally, landlords can contact her to be added to this list.

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