Originally Posted by roobear
I've had cats all my life, never pedigrees just bog standard moggies but i love them. I'd never even thought of cats not going outside until i met my boyfriend whose parents are ex-breeders of pedigrees and show cats and i was told their cats didn't go out, i was really surprised but after explaining i understand why, what with the demand for pedigrees as trophy cats, cat theft and what not. Do your cats go out or not and if not what are your reasons?
I would never dream of letting my cats outside. There are so many dangers - traffic, dogs, wild animals in some places, other cats who might fight and/or have diseases like FIV, even mean people who kidnap/torture/kill cats (yes, there are sickos out there who do that sort of thing). My Simba has been an indoor cat all his life and never shows any interest in going out. Murray, on the other hand, was a stray, so he knows the outdoor life, and when I first let him start living with me he would cry sometimes in the night wanting to go out, but he got out of the habit relatively quickly. He's gotten past me out the door a couple times, but he either quickly ran back inside or I was able to grab him and bring him back in.
It's documented that indoor-only cats live a lot longer on average than cats with "outdoor privileges," probably because of all the dangers I listed above...