Outdoor Cat – or – Indoor Cat

Is an outdoor cat more at risk than an indoor only cat?

Should cats be kept indoors at all times?

Or should they be allowed the freedom to roam outdoors?

The opinions of this site, Best Cat Art, can be found on this page – Outside Cats.

But we would love to hear your views on the subject.

If you share your life with a cat do you keep him or her indoors at all times or do you allow your feline to come and go as she or he pleases?

Or perhaps you only allow your cat outdoors when you are there to ensure no harm comes to him or her.

Outdoor Cat – or – Indoor Cat

Please do let us know the reasons for your decision.

  • Is your cat an outside cat because you believe that cats that are allowed out are far happier than cats kept inside?
  • Is your cat an indoor cat because of all the dangers to domestic cats in the outside world?
  • Does where you (and your cat) live make a difference to your opinion?
  • Do you believe that a cat allowed outside is a threat to wildlife, particularly wild birds?
  • Do you believe that domestic cats that are allowed out face a danger from wild animals?
  • Are you concerned about cat-napping?
  • Is your cat an outside cat because there is no company for him or her during the day?
  • Do you keep your cat indoors because you worry that he or she will get lost if allowed outside?
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The above questions are just suggestions, you certainly don't have to answer them all or any of them, it's your thoughts and opinions that count.

And whichever side of the outside cat/inside cat debate you support your views are very, very welcome.

(And if you have a photo of your cat to share that will be welcome too.)

Outdoor Cat – or – Indoor Cat, Share Your Story

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My happy indoor/outdoor pair. 
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Adopted Into the Indoor/Outdoor Life. 
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What a beautiful day! 
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Outdoors? Never Again. 
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The Peace Makers. 
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The Box Cat 
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Adopted an Indoor Cat 
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4 Outdoor Cats 
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Wildlife and outdoor cats don't mix. 
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Where's Tilly 
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Mittens last climb 
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Fidget at 2 years old 
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Indoor/Outdoor Cats and Pancakes. 
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Safe and Happy Inside 
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My cats are outdoor cats... 
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Outdoors and loving it! 
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My Cats Made The Choice For Me! 
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Does indoor mean unhappy? 
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My Cat Tyler is an Indoor Cat 
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Indoor or Outdoor, That's the Question.... 
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Zeke the Hunter! 
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Jungle Cat - Muffy, the Panther 
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Outdoor Kitty 
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Fenced in Kitties 
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Mr. Bended Whisker 
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Our Indoor/Outdoor Tonkinese Kittens 
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Sometimes, YOU Don't Get To Choose! 
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Indoors only = stressed, mentally unstable cat!!!!! 
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He's Gonna be an Outdoor Kitty 
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Outdoor Cat at Heart 
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Outdoors By Day, Indoors By night. 
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Both Sides for Bells 
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Max Loved The Outdoors. 
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The indoor/outdoor cat debate. 
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I wanted her to be an indoor cat! 
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You won't believe this one.. 
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Reluctant Indoor Cat Owner. 
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Outdoor/Indoor Cat--Still Undecided 
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More Outdoor and Indoor Cat Stories. 
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Why I prefer outdoor cats 
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