(Closed) Keeping cats in a flat – Yea or nay?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t understand this!   If people want cats as pets, then keep them in the house!   

im a strong believer of keeping your cats indoors.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@OrchidsandCandles:  I’d adopt one or two that are already used to being indoors all the time. I’ve had kittens from the same litter before and it depends on their personality. One wanted very little to go outside while the other LOVED going out to hunt- its natural for cats to hunt!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

You could keep them inside while you’re at work.  We have a cat that stays inside but we also have a screened in porch that he prefers.  It has plants and things on it.  I don’t know if your flat has a porch or not ?   We also have managed to get a collar on him and take him out for walks…. yeah just like we take the dog out.

We have the leash because unlike my nieghbors I refuse to get a cat, keep it outside, feed it and then let the world be it’s litter box (mostly our yard).

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Keep them inside at all times. They’ll be happier (assuming they’re fixed), safer, and your vet bills will be cheaper 🙂

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

In my hometown in the suburbs people very rarely let their cats outside unless supervised.  In FI’s hometown which is a little more rural, people do let their cats outside… and they have a LOT of stray cats running around as a result.  I can’t say whether one or the other is better for the cat, but if you do end up getting cats and allowing them out, just please be sure to neuter or spay them!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@OrchidsandCandles:  I can’t tell you how new it is, but I think it depends on the area and the attitude you have toward your animals. I grew up with 3 cats who came and went whenever they wanted. They would bring half-dead mice and birds into the house, they got hurt outside, and one died outside. I think people take this route if they consider their neighborhood very safe, think cats are wild animals who’ll be happiest when they’re hunting, or don’t nearly have heart attacks at the idea of their kitty dying from getting hit by a car or picked up by a coyote. 

On the other hand my cats are like my babies, I can’t deal with the thought of anything happening to them, and they are truly perfectly happy being indoor cats. Plus I don’t want them dragging in everything they might catch (this includes prey, fleas, and diseases). 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

In England, it is MUCH more common for cats to be let outside than it is in the US, so you may get some loud responses here lol.

 

I have 2 cats, and we lived in a small apartment quite comfortably. They stayed inside all the time w/ me and were quite content 🙂

 

We recently moved to a townhouse with 3 times more space, and they don’t know what to think 😉

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it depends on where you live.  I’ve had 2 cats for over ten years.  When I got the first one I lived in the country, like over 500 acres of land on a dirt road so I let my cat out.  It was safe, he wouldn’t get lost or hit by a car.  I then moved to an apartment in the city.  He got out accidentally once and got lost for TWO days!  It was terrible.  Luckily he was found safe and sound but after that he was inside b/c it was just safer for him.  Cats can be happy being inside or inside/outside.  If you keep them inside you just have to make sure they have activities and have places to run, play, hide… cats like to have access to windows to look out and high places as well.  Some like dark, cave like areas and others like to be high up overlooking things.  I have one “cave dweller” and one “high area”.  So we have stuff set up for both of them so they can remain active and healthy.

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