The indoor/outdoor cat debate.
I just wanted to thank you for your page devoted to the indoor/outdoor cat debate. It was refreshing to find a "voice" that echoed my viewpoint. Max Loved The Outdoors.
I'm weary of the self-righteous attitude of "indoor only" cat owners who view me as irresponsible and unloving because I allow my cats out in our quiet neighborhood. They are out during the day only, they set up a territory close to the house and are updated on shots. Really, they are in and out all day long.
I say, if you could give your cat a few minutes of reasoning and verbal ability and inform him of the risks then ask him if he'd still rather not go outside... My $ would be on most cats opting to assume the risk to gain a better quality of life! Humans make that decision every time the climb into a car, swim on the beach, walk in a crowded parking lot, go skiing, fly in a plane, etc.
Why do we take that choice away from cats simply because we're bigger than they are and they don't have the ability to voice their desires?
Anyone who thinks the stimulation of the outdoors can be replicated indoors has never laid in the grass with a cat and experienced the sights, smells and sounds through the "eyes" of their pet.
I've owned indoor/outdoor cats for over 30 years.....none have died from the any of the risks associated w/ going outdoors. One lived to be 18! I did lose my beloved Max at age 12 to fibrosarcoma though......cancer caused by the state mandated rabies vaccine!