2 Outdoor Cats.
My youngest cat caught a mouse in the house
I currently have two cats, one is about 17 and the other only 2 years old. I've found that letting them in and out when they please makes them the happiest.
Of course my older cat doesn't go out as much as the younger. They both enjoy laying out in the sun on the deck.
The younger cat likes to stay out all night, rather than during the day. I've found out that if he's inside at night, he will meow over and over until he is let out. He's a very good hunter. He catches bunnies, birds and even chipmunks. He enjoys the outside life vs inside.
When he does come inside it's to sleep, eat or to be petted. I've actually seen him go to the bathroom outside numerous times as well. I'm hoping my two cats live for many more years!
Outdoor Cat Story.
For the first time, I experienced the indoor v outdoor cat controversy, when I recently took my furry roamer to the groomer. As I was explaining that, although cats groom themselves, "Lucky" goes outside and
...at that point the groomer shrieked: " You let him go outside!"
I swear she jerked her hands away from the cat as if he had suddenly burst into flames. "Well has he been to the vet and been inoculated against PARASITES?" Yes, I replied, all shots and the feline leukemia virus to boot. "But what about PARASITES!?" she squealed.
Listen, lady, WHAT parasites? Heart worm is caused by mosquitoes, so any decent mosquito, tick and flea guard works for that. Other than that WTF are you talking about? Dogs go outside all the time, so why are you acting like my cat has some egregious communicable disease? Ring worm is common in ALL cats, indoor and outdoor, although they rarely suffer from it. (Ringworm fungus likes to live in the hair shafts) and ALL cats should be thoroughly vaccinated and protected from fleas.
Also, the "medical" and " statistical" view that indoor cats live longer and have less medical problems is divided. Some vets have told me outdoor cats have fewer diseases and fewer behavior problems.
Whatever your choice is should be based on the personality of your cat and the area in which you live. My Lucky LOVES the outdoors, and is miserable when kept inside for more than a day or two.
I know it may shorten his life span, and I know he may not come home one day. But it's his life, and I rather he spend it shorter, but happier if that's what it comes to. ( Oh, and by the way, he's a bada$$ with dogs)