Cats are perfectly fine outside, right? Because my cats only come inside the garage or barn at night, the rest of the day they are no where in sight or in a tree. Oak sits in his Oak and Jazz and Cherry are usually in the forests outside my lot. Is that ok?
my cats do not roam. too many dangers in letting cats roam. they are strictly indoors. and i dont have to worry about them being injured or killed by other cats. people, dogs, cars, poison, wild animals, etc, etc. they are both well adjusted cats. my daughter had the screen out of her window one day and phatboy went out. when i opened the front door to go after him, he raced by my feet to get back inside. he hasnt tried it again. i think he actually prefers the indoor life.
Thanks jgermansh, but in my nieghborhood those aren't the problems, they are cougars and foxes. The only problem is they are almost inpossible to get inside the lot or the house. Cats are so much harder than dos to train. And Dusty, it would seriosly break my cats' hearts to keep them in the house.
***Edited By: KittyKatLover on 4/21/2006 7:20:32 PM*** Reason: add
We don't have cats, but if we did, they would be inside. Our neighbors on both sides of us have BOTH lost their cats to coyotes. Other things like them getting hit by a car or anything else would scare me too much to let them roam free outside!
Not to mention the mean people who may not like the looks of your animal, so they poison or shoot them for fun. Not everyone is an animal lover. And not everyone is a sweetheart. Alot of people have a dark side that unfortunately alot of defenseless animals are forced to experience.
I will tell you one thing, if you have an outdoor pet and find your animal on the brink of death outside your door...it would be helpful to know what they had gotten into when you rush them to the vets. Otherwise it is a guessing game. And with time running out, I don't think you want to play a guessing game trying to save your beloved pets life.
***Edited By: pope1982 on 4/21/2006 7:50:29 PM*** Reason: ...
The life span of a cat is cut consiterably short when they are allowed to go outside. The average life span of an outdoor cat is 3-4 years, compared to 15 years or more. Our Missy was a stray and she had her kittens in our garage. When they were old enough to go to new homes we had her spayed and she has never gone outside again. She tried at first, but now she is content to sit in an open window and watch the world go by. We love her to much to put her in danger.
there are so many dangers out there for cats that are outside. i prefer to keep mine inside where they are not exposed to anything that can harm them. occasionally my female will scoot out a door if given an oppurtunity. she loves the outdoors. she also will only come to me, no one else. the first few times she ecaped on us and i was able to get her back in the house i would give her a few treats. now when she gets out all i have to do is call her name and shake her treat can and she comes running from whereever she is. i swear she has an awesome recall. wish i could train the dogs to come as well as this cat comes.
as a person who use to believe that the whole indoor/outdoor cat thing was stupid trust me when I tell you to keep ur cat indoors. I used to let my cat Melo out and he would come back maybe an hour or two later. I always thought since he wouldn't let other touch him that he would be fine plus he only hung around the house and the yard. Well one day he went missing and let me tell you, when you lose an animal that you love you realize no matter how much they want to get out(he use to jump out of windows) its so much better to keep them in. Now I don't let Neiji(my dog) out of my sight! Hope this helps.
At our old house the cats used to go outside. They stayed very close though and I always kept an eye on them. The first time we let them outside there was snow on the ground, so they'd be scared to come right back in. They always stayed close after that.
Now with the new house, the cats have their own room and a doggy door leading outside to a pen with a top on it. They have a lil doggy house, food and water bowl, and mulch out there. They like to hang out in the sun and they are safe. I wouldn't let them out freely again after seeing my cousins cat get hit by a car.
I think this is a personal decision, and it depends on where you live.
Growing up we had two cats that would go outside during the day and come in at night. They were very well taken care of and loved. One lived to be 18 and the other was 19 1/2 when she passed away last year.
But we lived in the country on a farm. I would never let my cat outside now as I live in the city. I think you can do what you are comfortable with. I however, want to build a little "porch" outside for my kitty... we all have spring fever!!!
We have 9 cats and they are all indoor/outdoor... Most of their time is spent outside on our 3 acres wondering and hunting in the fields and woods. Yes there are plenty of dangers and ways to loose your animals for good but i don't think its worth them having a long boring life spent desparately trying to get outside EVERY single time someone opens the door to leave or come home. Our oldest cat is now 13 and doesn't go outside to much anymore but has survived to a ripe old age even though he spent much of his life roaming. All our others cats are between 1-5 yrs and we've never lost one or had one die due to anything outside, or at all for that matter.
Let the cat roam here? No way! We have prairie dogs nearby. And although the colonies nearest us do not currently carry plague, others not far off do. Yes, you read right -- BUBONIC PLAGUE. Indoor/outdoor cats can carry plague into the home. Yes, it can be treated with antibiotics, but the treatment is not a sure thing. You may not have plague to worry about in your area, but there could be some other bacteria or viral infection you could be letting your cat get into -- and welcoming into your home. Think about it.
***Edited By: NoDogYet on 4/22/2006 12:21:03 PM*** Reason: x
I guess it is a matter of circumstance. We live in the country, have acreage, outbuilding, etc. People see our house as the 'drop off central' for cats. Now, I do have 2 indoor cats....one is a cat I got by choice...a himilayan, the other a rescue that we brought in to be a companion for our Himi. The rest of the cats that we have are strictly outdoor cats. These are cats that those 'oh so kind pet owners' found it in them to drop here for us. Most come sickly and full of parasites, eye infections, etc. We do take them to the vet, get them healthy, etc. But I would never have the room to bring every drop off in my house to live. They are always right out on our property, playing in the kennels with the dogs, following the horse around, etc. They are fed just like a house pet, good quality dry food, can food daily as well, go to the vets when needed, and occasionally given to other homes when a good home inquires about one. Our strays fair fine with the building boxes with bedding, etc. It would just never be feasible to bring them all in our home when they show up......so I am on both sides of the fence with this issue I guess.
I have a orange cat named ugg, weve had him for 4-5 years now, when we got him from my aunt he was a outside cat, but we didnt want him to roam so we didnt let him out. Then after a year he really started crying and wanting to go out and we let him out and he would play in the dirt and lay on the porch but would always be in site. One day i heard a horid nose coming from some cats and i went out and this black stray cat had ugg pinned on the ground and i was scared thinking he had rabies or something so i had a broom trying to get him off my cat and screaming at the top of my lungs. Needless to say ugg was pretty messed up he could barly walk and had cuts all over him. So i took him right in to the vet and she didnt know if he was going to make it. Oh my husband cried and cried- this cat is his best friend. But after a few days ugg was doing alot better and he got to come home. We have never ever let him out again. We have moved since that house we were in and we never seen that black cat again but i never seen it before that . Ugg will go out side with us and sit on the porch and roll around in the sun but were right there and we bring him right back in. I would never let him out to roam. And when he was attacked it was right in our front yard right off the front porch . so it wasnt like ugg was some where he shouldnt of been. He was fixed at the time so i dont know why this big black stray cat came to attack ugg. ANd when he came home it was like he wouldnt look at me, my husband said it was he was embarsed that his mommy had to come out and save him. I think he was happy his mommy came out and saved him. So its a bad idea to have your cats out side even for a little bit and even if they are in the yard, i was lucky i heard what was going on and ran out to see what was going on and to beat the black cat off my cat or he wuoldnt be here today!
***Edited By: tapettyjohn on 4/22/2006 1:16:09 PM*** Reason: sp
I've had cats all my life and most of them were inside cats. We have all foundlings now and our oldes is 12 yrs she has allways gone in and out at her demand we move across the country and kept her in for 6months to get her accustom to her new home. We finnally had to set her out as she became so ill and depressed for want of the outside. she very seldom leaves our porch and only to go to the bathroom or intimidate the 4 other adopted cats we have that are only in when the weather is to hot, to cold or bad storms. We have 20 acres for them to play on and they always come home for food and love. I did lose a cat last year and have to say I was very upset but I would have really been upset to have one die because she lost what was important to her, Her freedom. It is a choice the animal should make you cant keep them in if they really want to be out. If you really want to keep them under survailance try leting them out on a halter and leash.
I agree it depends where you live. If I were out on a farm or something, mine would be outside and loving it. (come in and out as they please of course!) The third cat though has always stayed inside and never wanted to go out.She DOES like the pen though.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 4/22/2006 7:42:38 PM*** Reason: add