Originally Posted by Fats McGee
In Southern California you're a FOOL if you let your cat outside. Period. Even in "developed" areas, there are coyotes everywhere. Even hawks will come and swoop up a small cat. They may not be able carry it far, but they sure as heck snap it's neck. Bye Bye kitty.
The old apt. complex I used to live at was right across the street from a land preserve and you could hear the coyotes at night and occasionally you could hear them ripping apart cats. You would also walk on the trails in the day and see collars from dead kitties.
I work at an animal shelter and I can't tell you how many "lost cat" posters we get and they don't get found. Hundreds. Probably a hundred every two months.
We get in quite a few dog attack victims too.
It should just be illegal here to do it. You're sentencing your cat to death if you live in SoCal and let your cat out unattended, even in the day.
I live in Southern California too and I definitely favor keeping cats inside with only supervised access to the outside and not letting them free-roam. I live in a condo with 2 indoor cats who only go on the balcony when I'm home to watch them.
Right now I'm really upset because my Dad's wife has recently taken on a cat from a neighbor who really only fed him once per day, didn't leave out much water and didn't really take care of him. The cat is living in their back yard and is being fed really well. My dad does not want the cat in the house. They already have a resident cat who is indoor/outdoor so this new cat is living as an exclusively outside cat, excuses I hear are that the 2 cats don't get along, the new cat eats the other cat's food. They live in a big 4 bedroom house, this can surely be worked out but the fact is, my dad has never been an animal person and never will be, it's his wife who likes cats. I have not seen this cat yet because I haven't visited but I've heard this cat is very sweet, I'm afraid it's going to break my heart if something happens to him especially after I get to know the cat and start interacting with him. It's bringing back some bad memories of my childhood and teen years when I was an idiot. Back then I was living at my dad's house and there was a neighbor who had a cat and was moving to Hawaii and my dad agreed we could keep the cat under one condition, that it be an exclusively outside cat. My mistake was agreeing to take the cat, I should have told my dad "no." The cat scratched on our kitchen sliding glass door every day begging to be let in the house. I felt guilty every day. I had no control over how the cat was to be cared for. I was not allowed to take the cat to the vet to be spayed and neutered, not allowed to take the cat to the vet for it's drooling problem. All I could do was feed the cat and interact with the cat outside until one day the cat was ran over by a car in front of a 7-11 store. I have guilty feelings to this day, tried so hard to put it behind me, now I'm in my 30s and finally educated about responsible pet ownership, have my own place, have had my cats for 3 years now, safe, loved indoor cats in my home. But I'm very upset now because at my dad's house I see history repeating itself and I have no say in the matter. I am after all just a daughter whose opinion doesn't count. The elder people have total control and it makes no difference to them how I feel about this. I do not mean to say anything bad about my dad. He is my father and I love him but he is not an animal person, never has been, never will and therefore he doesn't know any better and he lacks sensitivity when it comes to pet/ animal issues. In these matters he is ignorant. He seems to like the new cat but he certainly doesn't understand what's involved in protecting, properly caring for and truly loving the cat as a family member. My dad does not view animals this way and I don't think his wife takes it nearly as seriously as it should be either. Had to get this off my chest, if I voice my concern about this in my family it's minor and unimportant, my concerns will be ignored. And when I come to visit I will be forced to shoe the cat outside when I go inside and outside of the house. I'm not going to be happy about this one bit, unless my Dad's wife can change things under her influence and let the cat in the house more. After all she made a difference having her other cat who is indoor/outdoor. My dad used to forbid having any animals in his house.