Cats are meant to be outdoors
I grew up in England where nearly all cats are outdoor cats, meaning they come and go as they please.
Cats love to go outdoors and explore the jungle of their backyard, and sometimes chase things. Its in their nature. Just as humans would not like to be kept indoors all the time, neither do cats. They get bored indoors.
As for the theory that outdoor cats don't live as long - our cat Dusty lived to be 20 years old and had a happy, fulfilling life.
Where is Charcoal
My Charcoal is 2 and a half. He is a beautiful uneutered male. He has always been so reliable, coming in at night when called, and going out in the morning when it is light.
He got into a habit of coming home every other night, and then he disappeared for six nights. He came home for two days and then disappeared again, and I haven't seen him since.
I have a problem with the statement that all cats should be spayed or neutered. If so, the only available cats would be from catteries that in-breed for genetic abnormalities and call it a breed. Part of the beauty of cats is the diversity and surprise results of a litter of kittens. I am very worried abut Charcoal and cry for him every night. I took a chance on letting him lead a normal cat-life with the exception of keeping him in at night. I think he decided to set his own schedule.