I now live on a main street and it would be too dangerous for a cat to live here and have access to outside. Do you think it is fair to keep a cat in a;ll the time (except for walks in a harness and leash)? I would get a rescue kitten if i did get one as an adult cat may have lived outside and feel trapped. What do you think?
I have always had indoor only cats. If you get them as a baby and never let them outside, they don't want to go out there at all. Right now, I have persians and they really can't go out because of their long hair and temperments. But any cat will adapt to living indoors if they never go out. You just have to make sure you have things for them to climb and scratch and a place to look out the window and watch birds and bugs. Even an adult rescue cat can be kept inside. The shelter usually tells you the cat's preference and previous lifestyle if they know it. But be careful with open doors. They still try to go out the door just because it's a new place to explore. Mine would always run back in. Too scary! And I wouldn't necessarily walk them outside. It just lets them know what's out there and makes them want to be out. Plus you will never have flea, tick or mite worries if they are never exposed.
Tasty, I have five cats that never leave my house except to go to the vets. They are happy and since they have never been outside they don't even want to go out. They do love to sit in the screen windows and smell the air.
Actually, that was a very interesting tibit on cultural differences for me as well. If you look at the ASPCA website for the same info on cat care it discourages allowing your cat outdoors and lists the diseases, parasites and accidents they can get into. The two sites are very similar but the US site has some interesting differences. It wouldn't have occurred to me that something that simple could be viewed so differently outside the USA. But when is comes down to it, a cat is a cat. They adapt to the lifestyle that you provide and can be very content indoors.