Originally Posted by cjh27
. But here in my neighbourhood we don't have sadistic teenagers or grownups,
that is what they all say... "oh he was such a quite guy, kept to himself, this is such a surprise" and the such.
I doubt you don't have a single soul in your area that hasn't at least thought about it.
I grew up in a "good neighborhood" with "good kids" and I still heard stories of kids buring cats up to their neck and then mowing the lawn. I'm sure the community in Florida couldn't imagine that anyonen would do what was done to their cats.
I've pulled cats off the middle of the road - more times than I care to count, and in some pretty horrific conditions.
I've seen the results of animal attacks. Fox, dog, fishercat.. there are a LOT of animals out there that snack on cats, not to mention birds of prey.
I also saw a cat fall out of a tree and get a stick stuck in their eye.
Anyone who tells me that their outdoor cat doesn't face danger when they go outside is either ignorant of clueless. The dangers are there.
Yes, lots of cats go out and live long healthy lives. But a LOT of cats die before their time from one thing or another. That is why the average age of a cat that goes out is so darn young.
When I was a kid, I was free-roaming too. We went out at sun up and we didn't come home till the street lights came on. We had no cell phones, we didn't check in, can you imagine kids today doing that? no? why not? it is pretty much the same thing for the cats - although since cats lack most of that part of the brain that controls impulse and consequences for their actions, the cats have it a little worse than kids, probably like sending a five year old out unattended. They'd probably be ok, but I'm just not willing to risk it.
and there are no reasons you can't give your indoor cat a chance to catch a mouse. Go down to the pet store and get them one. Socialization? get another cat