Are your cats Indoor, Outdoor, or Both?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Campine Lover, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. Campine Lover

    Campine Lover Songster

    Mar 7, 2010
    Moss Beach, CA
    Personally, I think that it isn't fair to have cats indoors all the time because cats love to go outside. With some cases, it is differant. (blind, deaf, declawed) The same with outdoor cats. If you are going to have a cat, at least let it come inside once in awhile. My cats come in and out of the house as they please, hunting and basking around in the sun outside as they were meant to be. Some people like dogs better because they think cats are boring, those cats are bored because they are inside all the time, with no other choice. Would you rather be locked in a house your whole life, or live life to the fullest? I think the answer is clear. Please don't get mad if you keep your cat indoors, some have your reasons, but just be aware that cats were meant to live how they please. They should at least have a choice. If your scared they'll get lost, microchip and collar them. They won't run away never to be seen again as long as you care for them. They might be so happy, they'll leave you with the "present" of a dead mouse. It is a honor to recieve one. [​IMG]
  2. I have 3 cats and I live in the country - they are micro-chipped and spayed/neutered and are indoor/outdoor. They come in and out as they please - and most of the time they spend more time outside than in.

    I agree cats are much happier inside and outside - with the option - just like us and dogs.
  3. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Indoor only. I love songbirds.
  4. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    both if they want to be.
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    All 7 of my cats are totally indoors. I would never ever have an outside cat. Its too dangerous for them(i care too much about my cats to let them get run over by a car or eaten by a fox..)..
    AND.. also, i find it rude to let my pets wander all over the neighborhood on other peoples property. Maybe my neighbors dont want my cat in their yard?

    I once had a neighbor that had outside cats.. they were always in my yard and in my garbage..
    Her cats ended up missing... (i.e. trapped and taken to the shelter..)
    I find it very, very rude to let YOUR pets wander in MY yard..
    If you want a cat so bad...please take care of it yourself..and dont make it a burden on others.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2010
  6. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Quote:Exactly what Redhen said...
  7. friskebluegills

    friskebluegills Chirping

    Jul 17, 2010
    We got our daughter a cat from the humane society for her birthday. He stayed indoors all the time right away, because we had never had cats before and were afraid that he would run away or get hit. One day we decided to let him outside and he stayed by the house [​IMG] now he's outside during the summer and comes in in the winter. That is what he wants to do. We still feed him his cat food everyday, but he loves to go out hunting. Thanks to him being outside though, we now have a pregnant female stray that stays around the house all the time. I guess it was probably more my husband feeding her Stripes canned cat food that probably keeps her around [​IMG] I don't know what we are going to do with her this winter though. She has definantly decided that this is her home. We are going to put her in our outside screened in porch when she has the kittens and then give them away at about 8 weeks. As far as she goes we will be getting her spayed right away also. I just personally don't know how she would do in the house and honestly I don't want another one in the house. We already have 2 large dogs, Stripes, and sometimes chicks in the basement.
  8. Campine Lover

    Campine Lover Songster

    Mar 7, 2010
    Moss Beach, CA
    There IS a special fencing that you put on the tops of your fencing so they can't jump over the fence. Works on chickens, too. [​IMG] And you can put bells on your cats collars to give any birds/prey a chance.
  9. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Mine are indoor only. They're terrified of the great outdoors and wouldn't set a paw outside if you let the door open all day.

    My neighbors have 5 mangy irritating outdoor cats that just LOVE to pee all over my property, poop in the kids' sandbox, drink from the pool, hunt songbirds, lie in wait under my birdfeeders, kill my baby chicks, fight in the middle of the night and spread fleas everywhere. I wish they'd keep their stupid cats HOME!
  10. ma66ie

    ma66ie In the Brooder

    Jul 2, 2010
    I have 5 cats... well, let me rephrase that, I am owned by 5 cats. Three of them are indoor/ outdoor. and 2 are strays that live and eat here for free and they stay outside where they have shelter and access to clean water and food all the time.

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