My First Blog Post… Indoor/Outdoor Cats

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@Rachel631:  Thanks for sharing. I didn’t read the whole thing. I have two cats, strictly indoors. We let them out in the yard under supervision only. We adopted the second cat at age 1, and his behavior has changed dramatically. He was wild and nervous. He got stressed easily, but we didn’t let him outside. We give them a lot of love and attention, and he is a changed cat. I believe cats can get adjusted, and I would rather protect my cats a million times then have them suffer or have a tragic accident alone.  

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@Rachel631:  An enclosed garden/yard is my dream. My husband and I would like to provide that to our cats that way they can go out and come in as they please but only if they are enclosed. The only few times one of my cats got out of the fence becaue he was too quick to run was completely lost in the street. He didn’t go too far luckly, and my heart was getting out of my chest at the thought that something bad would happen to him.

As a little background, we found him wondering in the street when he was very little (2 months old) and he has zero knowledge of outdoors even less how to survive. I think it’s all about adjustment and the environment one can provide. I think my cats are healthy and happy and that’s all I can ask for. I understand that each cat might have different personalities and needs and that must be respected. I try my best to treat them both the same, and I do know what they like and dislike. Hope your cat returns. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

haha i love the part where you say UK houses are rabbit hutches!

 

I often see on the Bee US bees encouraging cats to be kept indoors. It boggles my mind. After reading your blog i can understand why they would choose to do so. Its amazing the differences here than in the US. 

 

I have a cat, and have always had cats since i was very small. They have all been outdoor cats.

 

My current cat was encouraged to be an outdoor cat from a very young age after all his jabs but never showed much of an interest. 

 

He is now 3 and stays to the confinements of our back garden by choice. He will occassionally roam around the front of the house but will not leave our property. This is great!

 

He is unlikely to get run over and go astray. 

 

ETA: Im so sorry you are still yet to find your missing cat 🙁 you are a trooper for the way you are going about finding her. 

 

 

 

Post # 9
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1965 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Rachel631:  I agree. I have never had a cat which roams more than a few houses and bearing in mine our land is a much smaller area its not very far at all. 

Although i did have a cat once that used to always follow me to school but even that wasnt very far really. He always found his way back home. 

Cats arent as stupid as people think. 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Great first blog! I loved reading the differences! I didn’t read the entire blog but did you mention snakes in the US? Those are a HUGE threat to animals outdoors in the US. And you’re spot on about the coyotes. My MIL lost her cat to one, and my aunt in law lost two of hers to coyotes! My mom’s dog got in a fight with one, while my mom watched in horror! Thankfully her dog survived it. My sister in law lost one cat by a vehicle and almost lost her second to a snake. Thankfully it wasn’t a viper! So infection meds worked fine for her kitty. I wish I was exaggerating  but I’m not. I have Facebook friends post coyote, bob cat, and bear pictures WEEKLY! I bet it’s really nice having the option without having to fear so much though. 🙂 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

UK cat owner with exclusively indoor cats here! I loved your blog, i thought the advice was very helpful. We had a long hard think before we decided our cats would be indoor only, and we came to the decision purely because of the particular area we live in. The road we live on is dangerous, and every week there is a new poster of missing pets on the lamp posts. We also live directly on a bus route, which was a deciding factor, and it has been reported frequently that there are pet snatchers in our area. If we lived somewhere quieter we probably would have let them roam, but as it is we have two fully-grown but small cats and a house that is by far big enough to give them space to roam. They also spend a lot of time play fighting with one another (never aggressively) so they get a lot of exercise that way. I have had cats all my life, and these are my first indoor only cats. I have noticed that these cats are also much friendlier and softer tempered than my previous cats. None of my cats have ever been unfriendly or feral, but I have never even heard these two hiss and have never been scratched, even when I accidentally stood on one’s tail. They love being picked up and handled, even the big Tom, and the female likes to ride around the house on my shoukders lol. I always wondered if being kept indoors had given them a sweeter temperament.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

How funny! I guess it’s all subjective to the cat really. These two are also from the same litter, whereas before i had never had more than one cat at any time, so I dont know if that could explain the difference in temperament. I hope your little Pika’ returns 🙁 As you seem well aware though, cats are survivors. I’m sure wherever she is, she is looking after herself. My FI had a cat called Dodger who went missing for over a month. His mum sat him down to explain to him that sometimes when cats are old or sick they go off somewhere to die. Two days after that conversation, Dodger walked back in the door with a (still piping hot) sausage that he had clearly stolen from someone’s house lol 

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