Originally Posted by elizwithcat
As for cat being less intelligent than a 3 year old child, I got it from my cat book. Maybe you should let the author know how narrow minded you think she is.
if cats couldnt survive outside then there would be no feral cats.
Personally, i am un-decided as to whether to keep my cats inside/outside or indoor only. at the moment i still live at home so cannot keep my cats indoor only. my parents nor my family agree with it and the doors, windows etc are left open the whole time. until i leave (home) the cats are going to have to remain indoor/outdoor.
my compromise to this is that the cats stay inside at night and have a 10.30 pm curfew and have trained them to come when they are called.
I have also made indoors as stimulating and fun as possible to give them no reason to go outisde and we have very high fences so they tend to stay in our garden or next door's garden (which they allow) because its overgrown and jungle like.
my cats love being outside in small doses and i think the soloution unless i can move somewhere with lots of land and few people for me will be to restrict them to a garden only.
I think however its an individual choice and no-one can condem your choice unless they actually visit your house, meet your cats and see for themselves the circumstances.