Does indoor mean unhappy?
by Samantha Mitchell
(Charlotte, North Carolina)
I have an indoor cat, and I really love him. All I want is for him to be happy. The problem is, he's declawed --and, aside from that, we live near plenty of roads. I'm afraid something will happen to him if I ever let him out.
He's three years old, and as far as I can tell, he's not unhappy living indoors. I watch him for any signs of depression, anxiety, etc., but he seems to act like any outdoor cat I've seen. He gets in playful moods and sleepy, cuddly moods, and I alternately play/cuddle with him.
He doesn't seem unstable or miserable. I would think that, if a cat were extremely depressed, they'd become lethargic and stop eating or something, which my cat has never done. He's lively and affectionate.
He does get restless sometimes, and bounces around the house looking for things to play with. Whenever I can, I play with him, but I don't always have time to. Usually I set aside time for an hour-long play session at least once or twice a week, and throughout the week I often let him play with water dripping from the sink, or something. I interact with him every day, so he doesn't just sit in a room all the time.
I'm constantly wracked with guilt for making him an indoor cat, but he doesn't seem to be as upset about it as I am. As the situation is, I think being indoors is best for him, but I could be wrong.
Has anyone had both an indoor and outdoor cat, and did you notice any differences between their overall moods (aside from the obvious fact that indoor cats will need to be played with more than outdoor cats)? And does it make a big difference to the cat's safety outdoors if they don't have their front claws?
Part of me thinks that if he doesn't know anything more than being indoors, he won't miss being outdoors -- like people who have always been deaf wouldn't be constantly miserable because they miss hearing. I could let him out, and risk him being killed or injured by a car or by his inability to defend himself from other animals (because he doesn't have front claws). What I want to know is, is it worth it?
Struggling with New Kittie
We just took in a cat that has been used to being an outdoor/indoor cat from a relative who could not provide continuous care.
As many of the other readers have shared, she is very affectionate and well behaved inside but definitely longs to get her energy out in the outdoors.
I have been struggling with the thought of falling in love with this beauty only to lose her or have her hurt when I am not right there to watch out for her. I agree that tags and a flea collar are a must and am insisting on these before allowing her out for unsupervised periods of time.
It has only been a few days, but she has won me over! Thank you for a well balanced presentation of helpful information.
My life line of outdoor cats.
Hi i am a person who gone through almost 50 cats in my life so i know what i am talking about.
The story starts with my cats always being outdoors unsupervised and just living normal lives. i never thought cats were ever kept indoors and i would thought it was cruel. i would see cats always on the window looking at the outside world and it always puzzled me why my cats never did that. But all that changed when i have to foster two beautiful cats a boy and girl indoor cats.
That's when it hit me and i realized the cats that have been indoors are the ones who are dieing to feel the free world. They were cleaner then my cats because they don't go outside and they were in a way stuffed toys. They relied on me all the time and followed me (in my case very irritating) and did nothing other than to think of food.
I had to always keep the kitchen door locked so they don't get out and so my other cats can come in to feed and sleep. But the place i wanted to go to in the story was that the indoor cats were very aggressive, unpredictable, non social and bored to death. while my cats were always happy to see me and tired after exploring around and sleep with me or in most cases next to me because i prefer it. my outdoors cats in my case go and play or hang around my neighbors cats (which are all spayed females and males so they don't fight at all).
They wont treat like a cat but they will treat you like you are a dominate cat our a parent. My last boy that i have with me loves to play outside or shall i say roam around and play with all the neighborhood cats which they all like him they don't tended to like each others. He is so social and doesn't kill at all because i trained him not to play around the aviary or chase the chooks.
Every time he comes in the house which is about several times i don't feel like my pet is inside again i fell like a friend who doesn't even have to come to see me comes in and rolls around with excitement and joy to see unlike an indoor which properly is thinking here's that guy again. I truly would never make my cats indoor cats.
One other thing is if your cat didn't grow up playing outside with you other cats and has been a indoor cat try to take it very slowly if you intended them to learn the outdoors. its like teaching an elderly a new language that they never heard of before. Make sure they see the the doctor every 2-3 moths for a check up.
Indoor cats are tired of seeing us as we are of them, outdoor cats are pleasured to see us as we are to see them. My boy runs to me when i come home and rolls around and wants me to pick him up, its is true what they say a friend(outdoor cat) is always enjoyable then your sibling(indoor cat). One more information Outdoor cats are well behaved then indoors.
Please read this.
(california, los angelas, USA)
First my cat Oreo is an indoor cat and we have a wonderful relationship he sleeps with me goes on vacation with me waits by the door for me when i come home and many other things that makes our relationship great. He is 7 years old i have had him since he was 5 months old.
On the other hand my neighbors cat Clarence is an outdoor cat only he is deaf which happened 2 years ago. He is also seven years old, and when their kids try to go up and pet him and he runs away from them cause he is scared of humans, does not eat cat food, and has a very bad relationship. i think keeping your cat indoors is a much safer and happier way to keep your cat