Outdoors and loving it!

by Gordon W
(Vancouver, B.C.)



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...

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Cats and vacuum cleaners
by: G. Whalley

Hi Larry and Anonymous...

My how I'm enjoying this website!!

It was really great receiving your feedbacks and it's absolutely true about Sampson and the vacuum cleaner! Perhaps it's because when he was very, very young, he was brought to an apartment directly across from mine as soon as he was able to leave his mother - an apartment where he was subject to a fan running almost 24/7 in just a two room suite. I guess he became used to the noise of a machine in his immediate surroundings -or maybe he just wants to make sure I do a good job!!

Cheers,
Gordy W

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Runs from the cleaner.
by: Anonymous

Well sir, my cat does not like the cleaner at all! As soon as she hears me get it out - - the tubes clank - - she is off to one of her hiding places, usually under the bed unless it is that room I am cleaning.

Also she runs off if there are horses hoofs clomping on the TV set, go figure.

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Magnificent cat
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi Gordon,

Samson is a fine looking cat. Nice to know that he enjoys his time out of the house, I can see that he enjoys time outside with his buddies too :0)

You are quite right that not everyone lives somewhere that they can let their cats out. Lots of things to take into consideration.

Samson really is exceptional if he follows your vacuum cleaner! I bet there are not many cats that do that. I too will be interested to see if their are any other visitors who's cats don't run from the vac.

Magnificent photographs, magnificent cat with a great story, thanks for sharing with us.

Larry (Editor)


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Safe outdoor cat

by Emma
(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.

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bonfire night
by: Emma

thanks he's a bit nervous at the moment because of bonfire night and has been staying in a lot at night but going out in the day he always does that when its cold but hes doing better than last year when he hid under a bed for a few hours but right now he's sleeping on my bed watching x-factor.

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Lucky - a great black cat.
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi Emma,

Oh yes, what a good looking fellow and fine example of a black cat Lucky is. Excellent photos too.

Yes I expect that he does complain when you have to keep him in, he probably wonders why you are depriving him of his prowling around time.

I'm glad that he is able to enjoy the relative safety of your quiet cul-de-sac.

Lucky is a great cat you must think the world of him.

Thank you so much for sharing his story and photographs with us.

Larry (Editor)

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Not all cats are alike.

by Jeanne
(Minnesota)

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.

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gone.
by: Anonymous


I kept my cat inside at all times, I could tell he would love to see what it is like outside but at the same time I know he was very happy with his life.

I was so happy too. He was a super smart cat, always wanted to jump into my arms and purr. He did not like when someone visited, he hissed and spat so much I had to shut him in the back room.

He was such a friend, can you imagine how I felt when he escaped. I searched and searched, I still miss him now. I will not have another cat.

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happy inside
by: Anonymous

I had many cats most just moggy cats all of them kept indoors and they were happy.

I have never heard of special cat breeds that like to stay inside.

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It's natural.
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi Jeanne,

I'm sorry to read that one of your cats was taken by a coyote.

It is my belief that all cats, given a choice, would sample the outside. It's natural that they would want to do so. Perhaps some cats would be less interested in life outside than others.

But I also believe that most cats can be happy indoors, especially if they have never known anything else. The do need a bit of company and some exercise but can lead a contented life inside.

Not saying it is wrong to let a cat out, just that it is so much safer inside.

Thank you very much for sharing your story with us.

Larry (Editor)

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