Originally Posted by AbbysMom
One thing our members need to keep in mind when replying to posts such as yours is the cultural and geographical differences. Many shelters in the UK will not adopt to anyone that states the cat will be an indoor only cat. You must provide outdoor access for the cat and they will do a home check at times. That's the bottom line. You may or may not agree with it, but that is how it is and you must be respectful of the difference in culture.
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Emphasis added. I live in a semi-rural area of Germany, and the vast majority of the area shelters will only
adopt out indoor/outdoor cats. Although I've had cats all my life, Jamie is the first "indoor-only" cat we've had, and he -- isn't. He's trained to a leash, and I take him for a 30 - 60 minute walk every day (often longer), because he attacks other cats, and can't be trusted alone outdoors. The only reason I'm not in violation of his adoption contract is that I got him from a cat rescue organization in the metropolis where I work, and that organization prefers that "big city cats" be kept indoors only.We don't live in the big city, and since he wasn't adopted from a local shelter, his outdoor access can be "regulated" as I see fit, taking his needs and behavior into consideration.
Originally Posted by mom2raven
(I am not judging). I think that the stance of the catsite (although I do not know where to find this) is to keep cats indoors.
TCS is against declawing. Although some rather vociferous posters might leave you with the impression that TCS is against allowing cats access to the great outdoors, that's not the case. Our membership is international, with rural, suburban and urban inhabitants, and country-based "norms", so any such pronouncements are personal opinions only