Cat owners: Indoor or outdoor or both?
Posted 21 August 2009 - 09:12 AM
Posted 21 August 2009 - 10:45 AM
Today my parents have 4 cats... all indoor cats and all fixed. They felt bad what happened to the first cat.
Myself I have 2 indoor cats (both fixed). The first cat we adopted from the SPCA and she use to be an indoor/outdoor cat with her previous owners. She would try to escape sometimes, but was never successful. Now she doesn't care about outside, she's quite content being inside. Both are quite happy to me as being indoor cats.
I would never forgive myself if I let them out and they were killed. Besides them being safe and secure, it will greatly cut the chances of them becoming ill and insures a longer life. Also you don't want to tick people off... I have heard of people complain about cats in their garbage, using the sandbox/garden as the littler box. I have also heard from an owner about a cat being poisoned.
Plus here it's against by-law to have any pet roam at large. If they are caught by animal control you have to pay over $100 everytime to get your pet released.
Posted 21 August 2009 - 11:04 AM
Posted 21 August 2009 - 11:07 AM
Can't wait to see pics of your new kitty
Posted 21 August 2009 - 11:35 AM
The kittens are just born, so it will be 6-8 weeks I guess which is the norm. They are really cute though! They are a really fluffy gray colour!
Posted 21 August 2009 - 12:11 PM
My indoor/outdoor cat lived to be 16. She always came home every night without fail because she knew where the food and comfort was! However she was killed by our neighbours' dog one morning when he went out without a leash and for that reason I vowed never to have an outdoor cat again.
If you really want them to experience the outdoors you can always just bring them out with you on a leash so they can't go far. If you get them trained young they may look forward to the leash walks or time outside.. heh.
My 2 indoor babies now enjoy going out on the porch but we are in a city and the noises are too much for them sometimes. Also we are on the fourth floor so they like being high and looking around but they only stay out on the porch if it gets too hot in the condo.
Good luck and can't wait to see pics of your new fur baby!!!
Posted 23 August 2009 - 02:13 AM
Our second cat though has become an escape artist. So to fix the problem we are enclosing our front porch and they have a kitty door. So they will be "outside" but not able to escape. The lady I got our cat from did the same thing. She had a window in her garage that was open and then a pen outside made from chicken wire and cat climbing posts so the cats can go outside but not run free. It's what helped make our idea. Plus it puts the litter boxes outside and not in the house!
Posted 01 September 2009 - 01:44 PM
Posted 01 September 2009 - 02:19 PM
Posted 01 September 2009 - 04:37 PM
Now I have an indoor cat only - and I feel bad because I know she wants to go outside, but it is a lot safer. And she has a lot of allergies so it is better to keep her inside.
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