I was adopted into the indoor/outdoor life
Recently, we found a stray cat-napping on our window sill. I talked to all the neighbors and he had apparently been hanging around for a few months. I started feeding him, trying to earn his trust and get him to the vet. When I took him to the vet, he was fully vaccinated, microchipped (just in case animal control nabbed him as a stray), de-parasited, and neutered.
I have only had indoor cats and live in a big enough town to be wary of letting a cat outside. Everyone kept assuring me that once the testosterone left his system, he would wander less and happily stay in. Not a chance!
If he is in for more than a day (like when recuperating from his surgery), he pees on the carpet, bites, and howls. I finally got so sick of him acting like a crazed thing, I let him back outside. I worried, paced, and blamed myself for being an awful person (I never had an outside cat).
Of course, by dusk, he was back home asking to be fed. He had obviously developed a taste for the comfy life! As long as he is outside for a few hours a day, he is a nice kitty and loves snuggling at night.
He has already been injured (scratched cornea which required antibiotic drops for 10 days). So, I obtained pet insurance for him to help deal with the bumps and bruises of outside life.
If I kept him inside, I would be miserable and he would be too. His life is happy and I am friends with a happy, well-behaved cat who chooses to share part of his life with me. I have protected him as much as I can.
The alternative to our arrangement would be that he would have to stay completely outdoors or I would have to find someone who could deal with a cat that pees and bites when left indoors. This is the most humane option for us.
Maine Coons are the Best Outdoor Cats
My cat was born in the wild, not a feral released cat but the product of a mating in the wild. I was able to tame her because she was still a kitten. Since then she has been a barn cat living with snow, wind, raccoons bears, etc.
She lives in the mountains near a major highway. She should be dead, but she is not even close.
She is now 5 yrs old. I've seen her kill bats, full grown rabbits, and any moth that gets close :)
I grew up with indoor cats, and i can say that she is far more happy, stimulated, appreciative of attention and food even more than any indoor cat....
I will never have an indoor cat again, but..
The author is correct in saying that all situations are different and INDOOR CATS are much safer in GENERAL.
If you do want an outdoor cat and have the roaming territory they need, get a Maine Coon.