Originally Posted by Tobi
My Lily is an inside only cat, but Memphis goes outside. When I got Memphis I didn't even consider the thought of him being an indoor only cat. It's only after I joined these sites and learned more about cats that I realised the outdoors probably isn't the safest place for a cat.
As an example, even though my cats have lived happy long lives, none of them have died of natural causes. Not one. All hit by cars, and one attacked by a big dog.
Memphis still goes out (and it scares me stupid because we live at the end of a dead end street where cars SPEED down because they don't see the dead end). We tried to keep him inside, we really did. But for a cat who's spent his entire life having the choice, it's just not an option. It's not possible without closing ALL the windows, and we have no security screens for air, and even then he knocks stuff over and scratches the door and meows loudly to be let out.
Lily has been inside all her life. When I'm home with her I have all the windows and doors open. She's scared of outside!
Any cat I get in the future will be an inside only cat.
i am the same. before i joined this site i had 2 cats who chose to stay indoors but the others had always been indoor/outdoor cats.
milo was bought into the family as a friend for my rb cat janet who only ever went into the garden if i was there. he was predominantly an indoor cat. consequently milo has never shown any interest in going out.
shinobi was found in a graveyard when he was about 12 weeks and he is terribly nervous of strangers and 'the outdoors'. it would be signing his death sentence to let him out. we are in the process of designing and building an enclosure for them so they can use that if they please.
tabitha however, has always loved the outdoors. she is just like memphis in that she would hate not having the choice. it's bad enough that i insist on her staying in at night. she grumbles and moans for about half an hour each night when she first comes in. although since we lost janet, who tabby never got on with, she spends much more time indoors. for example it's a beautiful sunny day and she is upstairs asleep on my daughters bed right now!
like tobi, any future cats we get will be indoors only.