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What are the 7 levels of classification for a cat

The cat has 7 levels of classification, based upon the way it is cared for and the ability of the owner to provide this care.

Level 1: The Cat as an Unsocialized Cat

A cat in this category is a stray, or an owner who does not have the time or resources to socialize the cat. Because of this, it is best to keep the cat indoors with a litter box, food, water and a place to sleep. The cat will be very timid and fearful of people, but with proper care, it will become friendly and trusting.

Level 2: The Cat as an Indoor/Outdoor Cat

This cat is an indoor-only cat, and will be fed only by the owner. It is best if the water outside the home is not heated. The litter box should be out of sight and reach of the cat.

Level 3: The Cat as an Outdoor/Indoor Cat

This cat enjoys the outdoors, but will be fed indoors. It will be allowed to use the litter box outdoors, but never in a warm, sunny spot.

Level 4: The Cat as an Outdoor/Indoor Cat

Level 5: The Cat as an Outdoor Cat

This cat is an outdoor cat that enjoys the outdoors. It will be fed indoors and given access to the litter box, but will never be allowed to roam free.

Level 6: The Cat as an Outdoor/Indoor Cat

This cat enjoys the outdoors, but will be fed indoors. It will be allowed to use the litter box outdoors, but never in a sunny spot.

Level 7: The Cat as a Cat that is Feral

This cat is allowed to roam free, and is fed by the local wildlife. It is best to keep this cat indoors and not allow it to have access to any poisons or other harmful substances.

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