Originally Posted by Katman
I totally agree!..too many people on this site think they know everything that is best for cats?..well they dont!, without seeming distrespectful i was disscussing this very topic of whether it is better for cats to be kept in/or out? and the majority of people (many who have cats) said they could understand it if cats were living in a dangerous enviroment then you might feel safer if they were kept in, but also that they couldn't get their heads around the fact that in the USA people actually keep their pets in for no apparent reason, other than to deny them a chance to live in the "real world".
Pardon me? We keep them inside just to "deny" them, um, anything? You're obviously new around here. The cats represented on this site generally want for nothing. They are fed quality food, have more toys and positive interaction than a cat could want, and basically run the household. Any you're saying that we just want to deprive them of the "real world"? I think perhaps you may be the owner of those "Rose Tinted Glasses". The "real world" that I know in terms of outdoor cats includes the constant threat of cars, dogs, other wild animals (raccoons, foxes, skunks, coyotes, in my area), and the biggest threat being people who don't like cats.
If your part of the world doesn't have these types of threats, good for you! If the area where you live is safe for pets to roam freely, that's fabulous for your pets and your own piece of mind. There are places like that in the world. However, the vast majority of people at least in the US live in urban or suburban settings where it is NOT safe to allow pets to roam, and I personally don't appreciate the implication that I'm a cruel cat owner, or denying them something essential, by keeping them safely inside. In fact, how dare you say that I'm cruel to my cats by keeping them safely indoors!
BTW, the idea that all cats should be allowed to roam is slowly changing in the UK and Europe, and I imagine will continue to keep changing as pets are viewed as more than a piece of replaceable property and urban areas increase.