Safe and Happy Inside
(Grass Valley, CA)
Lots of entertainment will keep your indoor cat mentally stimulated.
I have an all-indoor cat, and for me, that's the only way I would ever have a cat. There are just far too many dangers outside UNLESS you have a cat-safe yard or area that a cat con not escape from.
There are many systems being made now that give cats a safe way to get outside for some fresh air and some exercise. Unfortunately, all of them are fairly expensive, and so not an option for everyone. I really like the enclosed catwalks that can be set up in just about any size and design, and have seen some really impressive set-ups, but these are the most expensive of all of the systems I have found.
Though I would always keep any cat indoors, in my case, I have more to worry about than the already numerous dangers out there. Unfortunately, my cat Wooster is a Pica kitty. Pica is a condition found in cats, dogs, and even people. It is a condition that makes them have a compulsion to eat "non-food" items, which can cause serious health problems, and are often fatal. Because of this, if Wooster were to go outside, he would be filled with rocks, sticks, and who knows what else in no time at all. Inside I can create an environment that is safe, and keep the Pica behavior from being a problem. I play with him often and give him a lot of attention, and he is a very healthy and very happy kitty. Even without the Pica, I would never risk having a cat outside. I know quite a few other indoor only cats, and none of them seem to have any problems as a result of it.
I could just never let a cat outside with all the risks there are, especially in this day and age. Traffic, wild animals, disease, and teenagers... There are so many ways for a cat to be hurt or killed. As long as a cat has things to do and gets plenty of attention, they will do just fine indoors...
...and they will be safe.