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.