ok i have a similar queation to the dogs outside how about the people that keep their cats outside. isn't that pretty much the same thing as a dog. i mean cats are smaller, less hair. so is it ok to keep cats out?
Cats always seem to do better outside, because they are say,,, more crafty? Is that the right word? Dogs can be kind of stupid in certain situations but a cat will find a solution. For example, if a dog is left outside in an enclosed backyard and its water dish runs out, it will just wait for you to fill it up. A cat will jump out of the yard and find water. That can be a problem though. If you let your cat stay outside, its bound to leave the yard. Other people will come across it and want to pick it up because they may think the cat is homeless. It's pretty much a gamble. Also, if you leave your cat outside with no way of coming inside, it is more likely to explore the neighbourhood. A cat provided with a doggy door or let in at certain times will come in when it pleases or adjust to your schedule. I hope I helped. My bottom line? I wouldn't force that cat to live outside. I would provide a doggy door or allow the cat in at a certain time so he gets used to it. Heart CP
On animal planet once, they said that peoples housecats are respnsible for the deaths of literally billions of small animals every year. Birds, squirrels, chipmunks, etc.
Cats are not like dogs. Dogs are social creatures that have a highly developed pack system and social structure. With the exception of Lions, nearly every wild cat in existence lives solitary instead of social groups, unless it's mating season. They have very veyr high survival instincts on their own away from humans. The big reason not to let your cat outside is that it is MUCH more dangerous. It's not like you put them in the backyard and they stay. Many cats roam for miles, are gone for days at a time, come back bloody and beaten up from being roughed up by feral cats. I think cats belong inside too, but they will not suffer psychologically the way many dogs will left outside alone.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 11/20/2005 10:56:42 AM*** Reason: add
I think that a cat is as good as inside as out. There is really no difference if the cat is inside or outside, besides that it's warmer inside, comfy couches, and a guarantee of food during the day. But if your cat is used to being inside, then inside is inside, but if your cat's an outside cat, then outside is outside, you see?
I have a couple of cats that come inside. I also have lots of ferals and some a little nicer that stay outside. One of the nicer ones roams a lot. I know exactly where she goes though. She goes down our dirt road and visits with another feral cat colony. There is also a county dumpster across the road. One day I drove by and she was at the dumpster playing with the prisoners that were cleaning it. It was so sweet. All the big, "bad" men standing around passing the kitty scarf around. Anyway about the feral cat colony. Every now and then someone will dump a nice cat out at the colony. My cat brings the new cat home with her. One time I was out walking and I heard something meowing from an over grown field. It was her and a kitten. I guess she knows where it's safe and is trying to help her fellow felines, but it's really starting to get crowded around the house. lol She knows I'll take in as many as she can find.
I think the big difference is that no one leaves their cats tied up to a tree outside 24/7 or puts their cats in an enclosed pen outside all day and night. Most of the cats that live outside have some form of shelter and left to their own devices can take care of themselves fairly well. They can hunt prey such as mice and birds to eat if they are hungry. Dogs on the other hand rely on humans to provide their necessities in life. Personally I don't think any cat should be an outside cat. I have three that have always been indoor cats (except for a few short lived escapes). One is 16 yrs old, and all are healthy. Would they love to be outside cats? Absolutely...but as long as I pay the vet bills they have to follow my rules :)
my personal view is cats have a limited life span when outside...desease, accident and other critters kill them off before they are 5 if outside...and they can live at least twice if not 3 times that long healthy when inside...i had had outside cats over my long life time...but i doubt if i will ever again...i lost 2 when I moved here in my rural area over 10 years ago...they tore at my screen door untiul they made a hole and kept getting out...one day they never came back..one my Siamese named Simon...and my beloved black one named Chelsea...years later i found bones in the forest gully near by...no way of telling how they died...could have been varments...could have been cruel kids practicing their aim for hunting...ill never no,,,but if inside i might still have them...thats my take...thanks for the opportunity to share my 2 cents
Its just as harmful for a cat to live outside is it would be for some dogs. Personnally I think its even more dangerous. At least the dog would usually be confined to a yard, and not many can escape or be confronted by other dogs or wild animals. Cats are light and agile, so they can scale a fence and roam the neighbourhood. A loose cat can get killed by a car, stolen, cat fights-FIV, FIP (diseases) Abcesses,Parasites and poisend just off the top of my head. The Temperature outside could also be dangerous, what do cats do sometimes just to keep warm, right, they crawl up under cars, and we know the rest of that one. I keep my cats indoors, I have tons of toys, cat trees and I monitor their food intake so they don't become obese.