My cat is an indoor cat, but in good weather I will let her go outside. I have a special enclosed space in the yard to let her run around and play. I make sure to keep an eye out for her and then let her back in. As long as people watch their cats when they are outside and make sure they are in a safe place, it is okay. It is only dangerous to let them out unsupervised or in bad weather. Just like humans, cats can’t stay indoors all their lives. All God’s creatures need fresh air and sunshine!
1. Yes, that all can happen. But it can also happen to people, yet we go outside when we don’t need to. When you only listen to PETA’s news about incidents of outdoor cats being attacked, it may seem like many, but millions of cats are outside and live fine. We shouldn’t be choosing for the cat whether it wants to go outside or not. Animal rights also includes their choice.
2. I’d rather have my cat eat bird’s, etc. than buy cat food that was made from factory farms. No, I’m not going to spend tons of money on special organic meat or unnatural vegan cat food. The closer to nature the better in most instances.
1. This world is no longer the world that these cats are meant to be in.
This is now a human world and cats don’t know what’s best for them in this world.
If we let these cats roam free outside, they may be run over by a car, poisoned by antifreeze, sliced open by a piece of scrap metal, lit on fire by a group of kids, abducted and tortured in a lab, shot by a pellet gun… the list goes on and on.
The best thing we can do is keep them indoors (or in a safe outdoor enclosure) with proper space, amenities and entertainment.
2. Just because nature is cruel, that doesn’t mean we should allow entirely preventable unnecessary pain, suffering & death.
If it is my dog’s natural desire to roam outside and kill the neighbor’s cats and small children, should I allow him to do that?
Our feline companions already have all of the food they need indoors and we shouldn’t be letting them loose outdoors to cause the unnecessary pain, suffering & death of other animals.
Woah, as powerful as a message that is, it’s just so cute! I want her book ah. I never let my Jude out though, I’m to scared HE’LL get killed. My uncle does have a cat that kills a lot of lizards though…
I have 7 cats, 6 of them have never been outside in their lives. However, if I keep my oldest male cat from going outside for more than a few days, he starts to go crazy. My cats are my babies, and I would be devastated if anything happened to any of them, but I’m also not going to make Bowser miserable by denying him his natural instincts. So as long as he continues to want to go out, I will let him.
Both of our cats are indoor cats, who go outside during the day if they want to. My older cat doesn’t go far and will normally just stays on the porch. The younger one is more adventurous. I see her go across the street or in our nextdoor neighbor’s yard. In the summer, it is impossible to keep her inside. She can open our front sliding screen door or she races us out the side door. In fact, if we do manage to keep her from going outside she gets angry and attacks our other cat or scratches the door/wall, carpet, and furniture. We always make sure that they are in before it gets dark out though.
Cats who are let outdoors without supervision are vulnerable to the dangers of cars, other animals, cruel people, and diseases. (In addition to a dramatically lowered life expectancy, there is an increased risk of disease.) Feline leukemia, feline AIDS (FIV), feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), toxoplasmosis, distemper, heartworm, and rabies can be difficult to detect and, in the case of FIP and distemper, impossible to test for. They are also highly contagious and can easily be passed on to other companion animals.
Many people consider free-roaming cats to be pests. They do not want cats to urinate, defecate, dig, eat plants, or kill birds on their property. Across the country, free-roaming cats are shot, poisoned, and stolen by angry neighbors. They are also mutilated, drowned, beaten, set on fire, used in ritual sacrifice, stolen by “bunchers” for experiments, or used by dogfighters as “bait.”
The good news is that cats can live happy lives indoors, and they can be given opportunities to explore the outdoors under supervision.
We live in the country and both of our cats are indoor/outdoor cats they don’t have a cat door or anything but meow or scratch at the door when they want to come in or go out or just run in and out if one of us are opening the door for ourselves. They are both hunters Snickers who is our older cat I don’t think really ever hunts anymore as she is old and would rather be lazy and she also has a breathing problem when she gets overwhelmed. George on the other hand is still young and loves hunting. I think honestly most of the things he catches he brings back to the house a lot of times they die quickly with some sort of broken back or spinal cord etc. and other times they are barely even hurt and just run away after he drops them on the step. Every so often there is an animal that is barely living and you don’t know what the best thing to do for it is (let the cat finish killing it, have a human kill it quickly, let die slowly in some sort of painful peace etc) It is also hard to tell if they are just pretty shocked or in a lot of pain. My cats do eat certain parts of the animals they catch or they will fully eat other species (baby bunnies are their favorite to eat). At this point my cats would kill me if I didn’t let them outside. Really the best option for animal rights activists is to not have cats (they are eating dead animals if they go outside or not!) which is what I plan on doing after I’m out on my own.
The only reason I wouldn’t let cats outside are if they had been previously declawed or if you live in the city.
You could also always try to play with your cats with cat toys even if they go outside that way they get some of their hunting instinct out and are just more tired and likely to sleep. This is also why I think I see just about all the animals my cats bring back because most of the time my cats prefer to just sleep inside most of the time.
i have had many cats and raised some of them from day one feeding them with a bottle every two hours!
my position on this issue is that if your cat has never been out side or you live in an area where they can get hit on a hwy, don’t let them out they will be scared and they won’t be use to it. if on the other hand you have a cat that is feral and is scared of being inside give them shelter out side and make it more comfortable for them.
I do have a cat and I have had her for 17 years,I found her in a dumpster when she was a kitten and took her home with me.She always finds a way to get out by herself everyday but she always comes back home. I don’t know if I shold find a way to stop her or just let her continue going out she stays in my yard and the farthest shes gone is to the neighbors,shes done this since she was around 1 so I’m not sure if stopping her is a good idea.