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.
Outdoor Cat Bella
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.
Tragedy of an outdoor cat
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.