Outdoor Kitty

Cats should be outside! My first 2 cats I owned, I declawed them and kept them inside. I felt guilty for their quality of life.

My current cat is an outdoor/indoor cat. He loves it outside, especially in the summer. He is the best cat I have ever owned, the most affectionate.

Unfortunately, there have been some problems. When we lived in a busier area, he was hit by a car and survived. He also fought with a raccoon. He has survived but has some scars.He loves to hunt,so I have received many presents.

Now that we have more land, it is less busy and he is safer. I swear he looks both ways now before he crosses the street.

Despite the dangers, I can't imagine keeping him confined. He loves the outdoors too much. I can't help but think I could never live in captivity. I would rather live 10 years outside then 18 years inside. Why wouldn't feel the same way?

I completely understand why people keep their cats inside, out of love. However, I think cats should be outdoors and precautions can be provided if owners are worried.

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100% AGREE
by: Anonymous

i think sameway and becouse of that today i had an argu with my cat veteriner.he told me cats can not be out and in at same time because they are dangerouse for human in this way ,also for themsalves.well i am not so much agree with him .1-peopel bring deaseses from outside also everywwehe around us is full of microbes and parasits ,so we shouldnot go out also spescialy our kids!2-living this way maybe help with natural vaccinating.we will be in contact with some bacteries and other things little by little so help our body to learn to fight better.but the most important thing is do we have right to jail a free animal and donot let him to be with it;s own kind freinds just because we love him and want him to live longer.we don;t underestand their langouage and behaviores very well,so how we know they like this way living .would we have good fealling if some alians try to keep us with themselves.!!!!my cat learned so many things that i tell him like come and have goodies ans he come fast or do you want to go out and he goes to door to show me he is in agreement with me or donot go to the door to show he donot want to go out .well maybe we think we are the most intelligent creature but my cat learned from me and still i can not underestand what he want when he say meaw!!!!!!!!!!

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Cats would say they want to go outside.
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi,

Thank you very much for your views on the indoors or outdoors for cats debate.

Yes, I agree that if they were able to answer, cats would say they want to go outside, of course they would.

But whether they should be allowed out is a different question, a question that, I'd say, there is no right or wrong answer.

Even a "less busy" area has its dangers. My daughter-in-law's cat lived for most of it's life in the city. They moved out to the country and the poor cat lost it's life to a vehicle.

Yes, there are precautions that you can take to give an indoor cat a taste of the outside, such as outdoor enclosures or walking with a leash and harness.

Larry (Editor)

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Outdoor Cat Bella

by Emma
(Austin, Texas)

My cat found my family and I. She was a stray and one Sunday morning, my mom told me to come down stairs and there was a cat on our outdoor couch.

She was not at all scared of my mom and I. She just rubbed her face on my pants. Since my mom " gets sniffles" around cats so Bella couldn't be an indoor cat. She lives nicely in her outdoor environment. Although she does come and go and jump the fence. But we love her.

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allergies drugs
by: Anonymous

Can't you get drugs to control the allergies to cats? Seems a too bad to make the cat stay outside if you can get treatment. Just thinking.

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Try her inside?
by: Geoff Denzil

I have the same thing as your mom, well I did have. Could not be in the same room as a cat, no way!

A beautiful, really beautiful long hair cat (we think she is part ragdoll breed) started hanging around our yard. It was obvious that she was very hungry and neglected. There was no way that I could have had her in the house so we fed her and cleaned her up a bit.

That was it, she made our yard her home and I was happy that she did so. We called her Kat-Kat. All was fine until one winter's day it was so cold that I just could not leave her outside in the little house we built for her. I had to let her in.

At first I suffered, but after only a short while I found that Kat-Kat being in the house had less and less effect on me! Now she comes inside as she pleases and I can pick her up and everything.

Don't know if just trying to have your cat in the house will work for your mom but you never know.

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Happy in her outdoor environment.
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi Emma,

It's a shame that your mom is allergic to cats and that Bella can't come indoors. But I bet that Bella is happy with her new family and glad that she is happy in her outdoor environment.

Thank you very much for sharing her story with us.

Larry (Editor)

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Tragedy of an outdoor cat

by Mary
(Pineville)

I had two cats who were unfortunately declawed that lived outdoors. They were very happy basking in the sun chased mice and whatnot.

Then my mom's father died and we became very busy during this time. Our older cat a black tuxedo cat who's name was Rupert disappeared we thought nothing of it we assumed he had run of to die in peace.

But then next summer our other cat Angel disappeared in the night we searched for her for three days but found nothing. Later we discovered they were eaten by great horned owls I often wonder if they could have saved themselves if they had claws.

That is the reason I am very much against declawing and prefer an indoor cat.

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safest inside.
by: Zoltan

I am sorry also for your loss, but if it is any comfort to you I very much doubt that claws would have made any difference.

The great horned owl is also known as the cat owl as well as other names. I know how much cats love to be outdoors but there are many reasons, other than horned owls, for keeping them inside the home.

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Claws are very important.
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi Mary,

I'm sorry to read of the tragic loss of your cats.

I don't know if they would have been able to fight off great horned owls if they had their claws, but I do know that a cat's claws are very important for their defense.

That is only one of the reasons that I too am very much against declawing.

Thank you very much for sharing your story with us.

Larry (Editor)

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