Originally Posted by white cat lover
I've known some people who do not believe in outdoor kitties to the point they'd rather see them dead....and some who would rather they live outdoors than die.
Just like some animal rights activists don't believe in companion animals and want them all dead, I guess.
Personally, I agree with the more moderate voices here. If you live in a SAFE area and have the safest accommodations possible for your kitties, and they are treated as well as is humanly possible for you and given lots of love--then sure. You are doing a GOOD thing as long as you are not letting your outdoor kitties breed. There is nothing wrong with them living outside as long as they are suited to the life, and even better if you've rescued kitties who couldn't live indoors from certain euthanasia.
I know about that--we adopted one kitty who turned out to be semi-feral (she was great with you when she was in a cage... but when she got out, all that was forgotten)--and it was in our adoption contract that we could not let her outside, not that we would've, and that we had to return her to the rescue if things didn't work out, so that's what happened. With our information about how she wasn't exactly as tame as they thought, she became a barn kitty. I am so happy that she had that chance and wasn't euthanized, and the rescue bent their rules for her sake. Jill has a good home now, and though it couldn't be with me, I'm glad she's not six feet under.
For those who think outdoors is worse than a death sentence, please remember Jill. Or the thousands of cats just like her, living the same story.