Post # 1
SERIOUS RANT WARNING!
Why would you own a cat and then leave it outside all day or night to run around a neighborhood and get into everyone else’s stuff? If I wanted a cat, I would get one. The fact that I don’t have one means that I probably don’t want one crapping in my flower beds, leaving dead birds on my doorstep, getting fur all over my lawn furniture or having loud sex under my deck at 3 am.
Why don’t people who own cats leave them inside with all the rest of the domesticated animals??
Post # 3
Oh I thought this was going to be a post about the carelessness of people who leave their cats out where they can get run over by cars, picked up and tortured by children or sickos (or sicko children) poisoned by various items, or torn apart by another animal.
Post # 5
I have to say I thought the same as Oneeleven. However I think keeping a cat indoor is cruel, and goes totally against it’s nature. However, I believe it is responsible to keep cats indoors over night as this is when the majority of accidents occur with cats.
I live in an area with alot of cats and they are no nuisance at all. I think as long as they are neutered they are of little bother.
Post # 6
My fiance used to live above someone who had an outdoor cat. The owner never let the cat inside, even though he was friendly little guy. He used to trot down the street when he heard my fiance’s car and wait at the stairs for him. It always seemed like the poor thing just wanted some attention. 🙁
When my fiance finally gave that apartent up, we always wondered what would happen to that cute cat. The idea of someone grabbing him or a hawk snatching him (there was a hawk in the area) was something we worried about. We have A LOT of feral cats here, so that was always a danger as well.
I understand that some people feel that the best way for a cat to be full “expressed” as a cat is to let them stalk and hunt. I don’t have much experience with cats, but I have met plenty of household cats that are able to do that, too.
Post # 7
@Jeannine @ Small Chic: i totally agree that it’s so sad when people have cats that are never allowed in. Terrible-like why bother having a cat then? We had an unusually cold winter -17 odd temperatures, and I’d see cats locked out at night freezing. Even in that weather it made my blood boil!
Not many poeple have house cats in the Uk, perhaps thats where my opinions have come from, but I’ve been in the house of a housecat and that thing was frustrated and desperate to escape, despite being very well looked after.
We have two beautifully looked after cats, totally pampered. They come and go as they please in the day, then before it gets at all dark, they’re locked in. I think it’s the best balance on vet’s advice.
Post # 8
I have no problems with indoor/outdoor cats, I feel like you can scare them away by saying boo! If you feed them or give them attention I see why they would come back, but you can buy sprays to keep them away.
I think similar things can be said about dogs. Why would you have one and keep him outside in your fenced back yard. I don’t need to hear him backing at every single car right next to my window! So annoying.
Post # 9
I think there’s problems with feral cats in some areas . . . that might be what you are experiencing. I’ve never had a problem with this. A few years ago, in Atlantic City, I literally saw 20-50 feral cats hanging around under and around the boardwalk at night. I love animals, but it freaked me out.
Post # 10
@EleanorRigby: The feral cat colony in Atlantic City is pretty famous – most have been spayed/neutered and are then ‘tagged’ (an ear is clipped) so that they can tell which need to be. There’s a big group of volunteers that care for them.
My parents had an awful problem with stray and feral cats in their neighborhood and finally called a group to take care of them (trap & spay/neuter, release). The ones that were released back into the neighborhood they still feed in their barn, but it was really bad at one point with kittens every few months.
I live in the city and my cats are strictly indoor cats and I couldn’t have them any other way, the traffic is atrocious, they wouldn’t make it a day outdoors. They have never gone to the door and are only slightly interested when we open the windows. They are very healthy, happy, just great house cats.
Post # 11
I think cats should be outdoor sometimes, they really do have that wild instinct, but definitely not all the time. What’s the point then?!?! My big problem with outdoor cats is that they are a HUGE predator of songbirds, many species of which are endangered, and that can be a real problem. If they wear bells that helps though.
Post # 12
Honestly, I think it’s outright dangerous to have cats outdoors unless you live somewhere like a rural area where there’s less of a risk that they’ll be hit by a vehicle, messed with by kids/strange people, contract illnesses/diseases or ingest various poisons that drip from cars, etc. I grew up with indoor/outdoor cats and almost all of them met gruesome, painful ends by means of car accidents or contracting terrible diseases (kitty lukemia is not pleasant).
In contrast, my current kitty is going on 6 and quite healthy according to our vet. She’s indoors only and plenty happy – we exercise her with toys and she spends her days lounging in the sun or sitting in the windows.We also take care of what we feed her to ensure she doesn’t gain weight.
I read that the average lifespan of an indoor cat is 12-14 years, while outdoor cats are only 3-4 years… I’d say that’s a pretty good reason to keep kitty inside as any 🙂
Some pretty interesting info on the debate here: http://www.petplace.com/cats/the-great-debate-indoor-versus-outdoor-cats/page1.aspx
Post # 13
My neighbor growing up had all sorts of outdoor cats. I loved having them come visit us all the time.
Post # 14
That’s interesting. I’m actually gew up in that area and didn’t know that. I’m glad they are cared for.
Post # 15
I couldn’t leave my poor kitties outside at night or during the day. They are inside cats and we have a 6 foot high fence in our backyard and they are only allowed “yard time” when DH or I is in the yard to keep an eye on them, I love them too much to take a risk of something happening to them!
On your side, we have a few cats in our neighbor hood that do their business in our lawn, it’s annoying because our cats don’t do that so what makes my neighbors think I want to clean up their cats crap?
Post # 16
I dont understand people who keep their cats outside even a little bit. It has been shown that cats that spend time outdoors (even indoor/outdoor cats) have a much shorter lifespan than those who stay inside all the time. They are more prone to getting hit by a car, getting attacked by an animal, getting a disease, etc.
I would never, ever let my cats roam around outside. We take our cats outside (while holding them) every so often but they arent allowed out of our arms.