Again, Nicole, it is all about the area you live in. You cannot assume everybody lives in a location where it is totally unsafe for cats. Your area may have a bus going too fast in your area but that does mean all busses go too fast. The bus goes max 10-20mph if not less, around the estate I originally lived on.
There are also many dangers in the home to the cat, such as chemicals, poisonous house plants, electrical wires they can chew, and so on. Unless you actually wrap them up in bubble wrap or keep them in a plastic padded bubble with air, food and water, and some form of exercise mechanism, your cat will always have that chance of being hurt or killed. Inside or out.
As I said before, people need to take note of their neighbourhood and housing situation and determine what is best for the particular cat. Every cat is different, every area is different and every house is different.
I have outside cats because thats the way my mom wants it. Sometimes they come in but they don’t stay the night. Yes they do deserve to go outside b.c cats do like it ouside but one of my cats just wants to come in all the time but I can’t let her stay long. If I grew my cats up inside they would all like it much more then out I’m sure. But I can say this even though outside is a good thing for cats but there are many dangers I have a bus route here too & the bus even hit a cat!!!! So it doesn’t matter where you are if your cats are outside alone & they wonder off there is a good chance that nature or something man-made will kill your cat. So I can say 100% your cat is safer inside then out no doubt. I see it with my own eyes all the time.
@Nicole, that may be your area, but that is not all. It is down to each person to figure out how safe their area is. When I lived at my dad’s there were many cats and very few cars – of which probably only one was a frequent speeder. It wasn’t actually that easy to speed since it was a bus route so you’d have to go slow due to the bus. Also, as it was generally a cat person’s neighbourhood, worrying about cruel people was very low.
I did live in two different flats last year though, and both times I kept the mogs in since it was a dangerous area – druggies, murderers, etc. Also one of the flats was on a main road. My cats hated being cooped up and one did get out and I waited for hours during the early morning hours to get him back in. I love my mogs dearly and would never dream of putting them in harms way, but I am well aware that when it is safe to do so, cats should have outside access or when possible, an outdoor run. Cats are naturally outside hunters. We can quell their hunting successes but we can’t take away their want for being outside.
@chenli the busy roads part I think you have wrong. I live on a back road and not many cars drive on this road but they do speed & I have to say that these cats pop out onto to the road and cars do not pay any attention and hit them killing them. I can think of three cats in the past couple months that got hit, not to mention the wild animals they hit. But I know it’s hard to have inside animals but there is plenty more dangers outside. I just wish I could do something about these cars telling them to slow down does not help.
A cat should only be kept indoors if the carer lives near a busy road, the cat has health problems, on a strict diet, in an area with larger wild animals and so on. In the UK we do not really have the larger wildlife to worry about unless in the countryside. I used to live on a semi quiet road. My cats had reflective flea collars with many bells on. They would miaow to go outside. Unless there is a real threat to the cats welfare, it is cruel to keep them cooped up. Especially if you have a small place. The threat to wildlife is easily quelled with bells and other collar add ons or special collars that emit a warning sound to wildlife.