(Closed) Cat Owners Indoor vs. Outdoor!?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Is your cat....
    Indoor : (129 votes)
    80 %
    Outdoor : (2 votes)
    1 %
    A mix of indoor outdoor : (27 votes)
    17 %
    Other, please explain : (3 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Growing up we had an outdoor cat.  My roommate has an indoor cat (that tries to escape outdoors.)  I much preferred the outdoor cat because I just can’t stand the litter box.  Sadly, it’s probably more my roommate’s fault than the cat’s since he doesn’t clean it as often as he should and he overfills it so litter ends up all over the bathroom where the litter box is and the hallway outside of the bathroom.  Plus, if the cat gets pissed for any reason he will puke on the rug in front of the kitchen.  But I understand wanting an indoor cat over an outdoor cat because our outdoor cat was much more feral (wild) and not much of a snuggler like my roommate’s cat.  If only he was a kitten and I could teach him to use the toilet.

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I’m a big believer in indoor kitty-cats… as the outside world is a pretty awful place nowadays for “domisticated” pets.  Just too many things that can fore-shortened or end a pets life IMO… be it cars, other animals, hazards (like antifreeze) or crazy people.

    The days of free-roaming pets seems to have come to an end in most places… which is probably a good thing, for the pets, their owners, and the rest of us.

     

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Growing up, we had a cat who was outdoor/indoor. However, he died very young because of this (was hit by a car).

    All of my cats since have been strictly indoor. Though I did allow my orange tabby out into a high-fenced yard a few times.. but only while I was there to watch him.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    It would depend on where I’m living.  If its straight urban/suburbs, indoor only. If its getting a bit more rural (example: my parents house with .25 miles of woods behind it, but a main road still close by) then I would do indoor/outdoor. Also, if the cat is declawed, its indoor only.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    I always had I/O cats growing up.  

    For me, I equate it to having a dog that stays home alone all day.  They are likely well loved and get lots of attention when you’re home– but when given free reign or a play mate, I think their quality of life is much richer.  

    Post # 8
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    5428 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @MrsHoneyC:  this thread was not created to cause ruffled feathers


    My cat is an indoor one, and all past and future cats will all be indoor. Seen too many run over by vehicles outdoor ones to count.

    Post # 9
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I don’t have a cat of my own. If I did, it’d likely be raised as an indoor cat or indoor/outdoor cat. The Himalayan that my mom had awhile back was raised as an indoor cat. Same with the tortoishell one that my dad has. (Then again, Dad has lived an  apartment  in St. Louis for most of since he and my mom split. Also, he’s been in a rehab center since mid-March after he had to go to the hospital after a heart attack in connection to his diabetes. He ended up having to go back to the hospital after a “minor kidney failure” later in the month. Needless to say, someone else is taking care of the cat for now.) The two cats that my sister and HER Fiance have go back and forth between indoor and outdoor.

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee

    Indoor and only indoor. The fact that the average life span of an indoor cat is so much longer than an outdoor one thoroughly convinces me to keep them in. Also, I couldn’t deal with the medical expenses of FIV, cuts from cat fights, or injuries from other animals and oncoming cars.

    The last reason is that I love birds and house cats are a major threat to local and migrating birds.

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I have two indoor only cats. I don’t think they’re interested at all in the outdoors though because they’ve had several chances to escape and never did. 

    Where I used to live, lots of pets were stolen or killed so I got used to all of my animals being inside all the time. 

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    @Roe:  Agreed.  If a cat it declawed they MUST be indoor only.  But personally, short of a medical issue requiring it, I think this is an unnecessairy and cruel procedure. 

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i mean, i see this two ways. i have two cats both indoor & i would NEVER EVER let them outdoors because id be worried about them & worried that they’d never come back–theyve been indoors their whole life. we live in brooklyn so very urban neighborhood & lots of cars. however, on the other hand, i see street cats that seem perfectly content being outside. their lives, im sure, are almost always shorter, but i do think cats are by instinct pretty wild. so i guess if it were my pet i would feel incredibly strongly about keeping them indoor, but if i see a stray cat on the street i dont automatically think it would be better if it were indoors–i just wish it would have a loving owner!

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Strictly indoors for my 2 kitties. One is deaf, so outoors wasn’t even an option because she wouldn’t hear a car or an animal coming. Overall, neither of them has ever seemed unhappy being indoors only, and I’ve heard about terrible things happening to kitties when they roam outside. I once saw kitty road kill and cried for a half hour. I know being indoors is the safest thing for them and I’ve never heard a reason that made me even begin to reconsider my position. 

    There’s a cat that roams around our neighborhood and comes to our door a lot (i’m trying to figure out if it has a home or not) and every time I see her run across the street I dread the possibility of seeing her dead on the side of the road one day. Sorry, I know that’s very dark, but I love animals and would never take their safety lightly. 

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Our kitties are indoor only

    Post # 16
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Indoor, especially since we live in a big city.

    I volunteer at an animal shelter and we have a speech we give people about outdoor cats and the fact that their lifespan is greatly decreased.  Cats are perfectly happy indoors.  They don’t NEED to be outdoors or anything like that.

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