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Originally Posted by Jen
That is so odd that it works that way in other countries. Here, at least in my local shelters (all of them) you have to sign a contract that says you will never let the cat be an outdoor cat, that you will always keep it indoors. There are too many dangers and disease and horrible people out there. I wouldn't take the risk either way.
Keeping a cat indoors only is an American-Canadian cultural thing. In the UK, Australia, NZ, and probably many other places, it's not only unheard of but also considered cruel to keep a cat locked up indoors all the time.

I'm not saying I think it's fine to indiscriminately allow a cat out 24/7, nor do I really think a cat is really better off never being allowed outdoors. But it does go to show that what we assume is universal truth is really just a cultural quirk - whether you are from an indoor-only culture or an outdoor-access-always culture.