- Had saved a one week old kitten from the estate. one sunday afternoon let it out to play and other neighbor hood cats carried it away
- —Guest Tina
Some Images Never Go Away
- My cat, Harley, was hit by a car and killed on July 6th. We had just moved to a subdivision and had purchased a fence made especially for cats. However, my little Harley was an escape artist and he found a way out. My other 4 cats were content to stay on our deck and on the grass but Harley thought the grass looked greener on the other side. My neighbor knocked on my door and asked if I had a cat. My heart dropped into my stomach and I knew something terrible had happened. Another neighbor had moved Harley from where he had been hit and layed him on the side of the road. I was the one to pick up his little broken and bleeding body and bring him home. It is a memory I will never forget for the rest of my life. While I agree that many cats really like being indoors, I also think that we are more intelligent and we owe the cats in our lives the opportunity to live in a safe environment. There are numerous ways to entertain indoor cats, it just takes a little effort and time.
- —Guest yxstu
- I have two acres on a relatively quiet street. I started letting one cat out because he was simply happier out there - a problem child not comfortable with other cats indoors and showing it in very destructive ways. He seemed to thrive out there; his weight was controlled and he got stronger and more beautiful - and he was hit by a car and killed instantly. That made me rethink the issue. I kept in mind how happy and beautiful he had been and now let my other cats out when I'm home. With them also, being able to run and play so much more actively has helped keep their weight in check and made them strong and very happy. This isn't an easy decision. I do live in fear of something happening to my little friends, but feel they are happier with that bit of freedom. I make sure they are wormed periodically, have protection against fleas and ticks, and see a vet regularly. With luck they will continue to be happy for very long lives.
- —Guest Mom to many
In or out depends on . . .
- Whether your cat stays in or goes out is usually decided by the cat. We have five cats, live in the country where we have lost them to the local wildlife. The last to die was bitten by the copperhead he brought home and dropped in the kitchen. Another was seen in the clutches of an eagle. Cats come and go. Of our current cats, one likes to stay inside and two like to be outside a bit, while two are definitely outside cats that would rather die than be confined. All came to us as trays and we love them and care for them, but we allow them to choose too. This can't be done in a deep city apartment, can it? Unless your cat is like those New York hotel cats who have the run of the place and are free to wander everywhere--everywhere but outside that is. Being confined to a house and let out only in custody is a bit like jail isn't it? I couldn't take jail, could you? I suppose if there were no other choices . . . What's your cat charged with? Did she get Life without parol?
- —Guest John
- My wife and I have two cats. One is a big 22-pound Ragdoll named Kalhua, and our little 3.5 pound dilute tortie kitten, Emma. Both have been kept indoors since they were born, and are very happy that way. Sometimes we would stand by the opened front door to see if they wanted to go outside, and Kalhua showed no interest, and Emma simply started outside without taking one step in that direction. One day, when I was 21, I pulled into my driveway at home to find 3 boys about 13 years old chasing my elderly cat who had somehow gotten out. One of them had a garbage bag in his hand, and they all had stupid, menacing looks on their faces. Those looks soon turned to fear when they turned around and saw me coming at them. I didn't hurt the little punks, but they were convinced I was going to. I've been firmly on the "Indoor-only" side of this debate since. It really helps if you raise them inside from the time they are kittens.
- —Guest Ryan
Indoors for my BFFs (Best Furry Friends)
- After my 9-yr-old daughter & I watched helplessly from about 20ft away as a hawk swooped down, grabbed & soared away with our sweet boy Midnight, I swore never to put our pets at risk that way again. Unless they are trained from infancy by their mothers to learn the risks, the dangers, the enemies on the ground, in the water and in the air, they will never be prepared to go outdoors and survive. We can't teach them these skills, nor can they learn them on their own quickly enough to survive. They'll immediately be preyed upon by animals that move with well-honed skills in lightning fast strikes. Those who say they let their cats decide on whether to go outdoors can't seriously believe their pets are capable of considering the dangers and weighing their ability or lack thereof to fight off an attacker, and then reaching a logical decision. PUH-LEEZ! Letting them out is like tossing your infant or toddler into a pool & saying, "Have fun! Swim, Honey."
- After growing up with indoor/outdoor cats and watching them one by one not come home due to being coyote food, as an adult I will only ever have indoor cats. My cats will never go outside unless they are securely crated. I would not be able to live with myself if something happened to one of my babies. I believe that if you provide a stimulating indoor environment the cats have no need or want to go outside. My kitties have tons of toys and hiding spots, we have 3 cat trees and we do several interactive play sessions a day as well as clicker training. Both of my babies are very content inside.
- —Guest Lauren
Been there, but never again.
- I had an indoor/outdoor cat, Mario Lopez though predominantly outdoor cat. He had been in a fight/attacked before and almost died but we continued to let him roam the great outdoors during the days after he had healed. When he was three Mario just suddenly stopped coming home. I think the not knowing is what makes it the hardest. Feeling so helpless about the outcome of our beloved family member made it really hard to get over. The next time i got a cat i decided i would never let a cat of mine just roam freely unsupervised. I cannot go through the "missing Cat" scenario again. It is just too hard emotionally.
Learned your lessons
- 1 year old Mitsy got hit at 10am on Memorial Day in 2002. My 2nd 1-year old,Treble, got hit at 9:30pm a week before Memorial Day May 20 2010. We tried very hard to keep them in but they begged and begged to go out or escaped. They loved outdoor, climbing trees and chasing after squirrels. but they never kill any creatures. When I read the outdoor cats have an average life span of 3-7 years while the indoor cats 15-20 years, and that they don't need special physical exercise outdoorto prolong their lifespan as long as we feed them healthy. I read about training baby kittens using leash while outside. I wished I had read the article before Treble was killed. In both cases, we took our injured kittens to vets (ER), nope, Mitsy died of lungs collapse and Treble, had to put down due to clots in his heart which was paralyzing him. We were heart broken for they did everything with us. My resolution is Got them in pairs and keep them indoors. Out with leash only Construct backyard cat enclosur
- —Guest Hannah
on the fence
- Well our family cat was indoor/outdoor, although as she got older (she was 19 when she died) she rarley chose to go outside. Now my partner and i would like a cat/kitten but we live near a main road, so i think it would be safer to have an indoor cat, with some supervised outside experiences in the garden. Im not sure how the cat shelter will feel so well keep trying, but i think cats are much like humans, and any one rule isnt going to fit all cats, it all depends on the cat, but also your house/location/lifestyle.
- —Guest kirsty
Allowing your indoor cats outside
- Cat enclosures are an excellent solution if you have an indoor cat. It will allow you to control how far the cat can traverse your yard and allow your feline friend to enjoy the outdoors.
Declawed demands indoor-only
- Brave Newman had been declawed by his first family before we adopted him. There is a four-lane road 30 feet east of our house. Either would have been reason enough to keep him indoors-only
- We have two cats. One isn't technically ours, she walked in one day when we had the back door open and decided to live here. We know who she belongs to and they don't seem to mind. she comes and goes as she pleases, but spends most of the time in our back garden it seems. Our other cat is about 8 months old now, and refuses to go out during the day! The first time we let him out at night, we got worried when he didn't come back before daylight, but he seems to have learnt and comes back hourly throughout the night. He has a reflective collar, and as we live out in the countryside, I think this is perfectly acceptable. We got the younger one at only 4 weeks due to abandonment of the mother, and the owner not being able to look after all the kittens single handedly, so he has a litter tray and is well trained to use it. The older one was house trained before she decided to live here, so it would have been cruel to stop her going out.
- —Guest Emi
Cats decided in the end to go outside
- I had two cats who lived to be ages 19 and 17 who were Mother and son relationship...and died a few months apart. I tried to keep the first cat (female) in, and did so for 2 years...when I let her have 1 litter, I could not keep her from going out no matter what...she had to train her kittens to mouse! What a mess...BUT, when I saw how happy her son (the one kitten I kept) was outdoors...he was a longhair who loved to roll around on the sidewalk. Seeing the simple pleasure he experienced, I could not deny him or her, and it made litter box duty much easier. I knew it was more likely they could get injured, and they brought ticks into the house, but they had long lives! I now have to beautiful kittens. I'm trying to decide, but I believe a cat should attain maturity before going outdoors, and that the cat should show a strong desire to go out. From then on, microchip, pray, insure them, and accept the additional risk for the greater reward for considering kitty's needs.
- —Guest Tracy S
yes to indoor cats
- I agree about keeping our little friends indoors. our six cats have not been out in over 20 years. they are very happy.
- —Guest rreger