Outdoors and loving it!
by Gordon W
Sampson is now just over five years old and has been able to go in and out since about 7 months old.
I believe that he is a much happier, more lively cat as a direct result of his interactions with other outdoor cats, the elements,etc. He's inside up to 75% of the time anyway! Sure there's risks involved and I moved to a garden apt. in a detached house just over two years ago so that he'd have a minimum of traffic, less exposure to undesirable people, etc.
It's true not everyone can attain a setup like this and for them, perhaps inside only is the right choice. I also think the cat's personality should also be taken into account, if possible.
Sampson is an exceptional cat, he's always loved racing about, climbing, and jumping and will actually follow me and my vacuum cleaner about as I go from room to room despite its noise! I have never known either a dog or a cat which would do this and I'd like to know if any of you readers have such a pet!!
I'd like to mention that I know a lady who has had cats her entire life. She has always let them out at least once a day (unless they are unwell) and they have all lived long lives...fifteen plus years...
Safe outdoor cat
(Long Eaton, derbyshire, UK)
We have a cat called lucky who we've had since he was a kitten and now he is 5 years old and has lived outdoors for his whole life.
We live on a quiet cul-de-sac with hardly any traffic.hes shy around people he doesn't know so when he's outside he just runs away.hes been microchiped had injections worming tablets etc and there aren't any wild animals where we live so there?s no danger of him being attacked.
There are a few busy roads around us but he doesn't go near them he only goes half way down our street, and the neighbours who used to live next door had a cat who lived to 19 and some people across the street still have a really old cat not sure how old she is and there are plenty of other cats down our street.
He has a cat flap that works on his microchip so goes in and out when he feels like it. He does bring some mice home but he eats the whole thing even though he gets fed twice a day.
He has gorgeous soft fur and is constantly cleans himself he looks and is very healthy and regularly goes to the vet for checkups. He is a very well behaved cat as well he never scratched the furniture, very docile never hurt us on purpose and learned to use the litter tray, which he doesn't anymore as he goes outside.
He's always happy to see us and spends most of the day sleeping in my room and night time roaming about I couldn't dream of keeping him in.
When we have to keep him in to go to the vet he complains all night so we have to lock him downstairs.
I never worry about him and he always happy so I never will worry about him and I hope he will enjoy going outside for a long time to come.
Not all cats are alike.
The entire two cats that we have owned have cried to be outdoors. We let them out. One has been taken by a coyote. However, there are breeds that really do prefer to be inside only. So, it really depends on the breed and maybe even the cat itself.
My heart feels that they should be allowed to be outside. Protect them as best you can, and if they get taken....well, mourn their death and know that they've had a wonderful life.