Do any of you cat owners use a cat run to avoid your cat going walkabout and killing wildlife (or getting hurt itself)? I presently don't have a cat but for my next one I have, I am going to build a large cat run on the side of the house so the cat has access to the house and the cat run only - day and night (unless I am in the yard and let it out for a while). I would like to know if anyone has any stories about whether their cat had any problems being confined just to this area etc. Thanks Photos: http://www.stevehornsc.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/carolyn/TheRuns.htm I especially like the cat run at the very bottom of this page: http://www.cat-world.com.au/cat-worldenclosures.htm
I have never heard of that before. Our cat is an indoor cat. He never goes outside. We have bobcats and mountain lions where I live, I wouldn't want to chance it. Plus when I was younger, the neighbor's cat was always in our yard, driving us nuts. So wouldn't want to do that to anyone else. lol. I think instead of buying a whole setup to keep your cat outside, you should just keep him indoors. Indoor cats live longer and can't get hurt as much and if you have him neutered and declawed, you shouldn't have any problems as far as spraying or clawing things.
i can just see myself now, walking around the neighborhood asking for people to sign a piece of paper stating they give me permission to build an addition on my house for my cats. i am sure the only enclosure that i am going to see built is the one they will be building for me, in the loony hospital. its a nice idea . if i had the funds i think i would just enclose my deck so the whole family could enjoy it. my cats are primarily indoors. occasionally scully will sneak out, especially when the dh leaves a window open. i don't worry about her. she seems to have a good repore with the neighborhood cats. they usually come and cry outside our windows as if they are asking her to come out and play. and when i call her she comes running right back in the house, better then the dogs do.
Really? You've never heard of a cut run? I've never seen one here but I have definitely heard of them. Where I live, we have a lot of native wildlife, birds, butterflies, lizards etc that I wouldn't want my cat to kill. I noticed a big drop in wildlife around my house when the neighbours moved in with a cat. Even though he wasn't in our yard, the wildlife was still scared away. And we have a tame pet Rainbow Lorikeet (bird) which could be a problem if we had a 100% indoors cat. Isn't it a bit cruel to just keep them inside 24-7? So Huntersmom, your cats never ever get to go outside and have a run on the grass? Basically with a cat run they can choose inside or outside.
I've never heard of a cat run. I live in the city, though, where the houses are close together and the yards are pretty small, too. It's a nice idea if you've got the money and the room! =0) **Kris, Abby, Ace & Summer Ace: http://www.dogster.com/?41494 Abby: http://www.dogster.com/?50370 Summer: http://www.dogster.com/?7041
oh okay! Now I get what you're saying. lol. I thought you meant like a dog run...for your cat. Where he would have to stay outside all the time. I thought that was mean. lol. Then totally, I would do that if I had the money. The reason I don't let my cat out is because of the wildlife. I don't think it's cruel to have him indoors. If I let him out, he might run off and I would never see him again. Or he could get hit by a car. If that happened I would feel so irresponsible. Same with if he got hurt by another cat or another animal. I don't really think cats need to play in the grass to be happy. We have cat towers and tons of cat toys. Plus, since I am a stay at home mom, he is around people all day. He gets to play with our dog (he hates other cats but loves dogs) and I never have to worry about him getting cold or wet. My in-laws have a farm and they never let the cats in. They always have colds and such because cats are very prone to colds. They can get the same colds as humans. They don't have as strong of immune systems as dogs. So I just think indoor cats are safer. But if I had something like you're saying, where he could come in and out I would do it. But I would never just let my cat roam around outside.
a good idea but i'm with scout. only it will be my bf adding a padded room for me onto the back, instead of taking up a collection for the looney-toons inn! my cat stays inside. the closest she gets to outside is sitting in a window sill in front of the screen. she has no claws so she only goes out if i have her in a harness and leash. yes i'm a dork. i dont care. and there are plenty of spiders and crickests int he basement for her to kill. she brings us at least a cricket a day. what a sweetie...
eskie, that's funny about the bugs. I remember when my hubby got our cat, I wasn't too keen on the idea at first, and then he said, "Cat's are great at killing spiders" and that's all I needed to hear. lol