|Originally posted by Sweets
Can I ask a personal question...why indoor/outdoor?? He's safer as an indoor only cat. If he's brought up as a strictly indoor cat, he won't miss it. None of my cats have ever been outdoors, not even on a leash. They look outside, but when the door opens they have no wish to go thru. My MC lived to the age of 14. My S/O's cat is 18.
Sure! But be warned, it's something I feel strongly on.
Because I don't agree with strictly indoor cats, never have. It's not natural and I do firmly believe that cats are happier outside. To me, it's like keeping a horse in a stable forever or having a dog and never walking it. I live in the UK where it's generally frowned upon to keep cats locked indoors (shelters won't usually adopt out if you say you'll keep a cat strictly indoors) and I live in a very very safe area (approved by the RSPCA) Not to mention that several maine coon websites I've seen have not reccomended these cats as an indoor breed. I've had cats for 15 years, always indoor/outdoor and all of them have lived to at least 14. I've never had any of them hit by cars, or anything else that indoor cat people insist will happen. There just isn't any risks here. No roads, no feral or stray dogs, nothing like that. I have a fenced in yard and no cats I've ever owned have ever gone further than 100 feet from my house! My cats are always neutered and vaccinated before they're let out.
I let him out today for the third time, strictly supervised at this point while he gets used to garden, and he was in his element. Anyone who saw him clawing at the trees, digging and just being a cat would agree that he was loving it and that thats what a cat should be doing. After all, maine coons were BRED to be outside, everything about them is tailored to an outside lifestyle, everything. To buy one and confine it to a house is like buying a high energy dog breed like a collie and never letting it run or go out.
I can understand if you live right on top of a main road, or in an area with bears or feral dogs. But I don't. And if I did, I wouldn't have a cat.
Hmmm.....I came to this board and was assured that I wouldn't be vitimised or pressured for having indoor/outdoor cats. I hope this reigns true. I don't feel the need to ask indoor cat owners why they keep their cats in so I don't really see why I should have to explain why I let mine out. Not being funny or anything, but it does bug me on occasion that people who don't even know my area or my cats tell me they're safer and happier indoors. I don't believe that. I consider it cruel to lock them indoors. If you want to keep your cats in then thats your decision of course, but I see no reason around my area. If I couldn't allow my cats their freedom where I live, I'd probably not have a cat.