Originally Posted by AshleyJade
The other day, I got into a discussion with a gentleman, who said that I should take my cats back to the shelter so that they could have a propper home. I was confused, as I thought I gave them a good home. Food, water, warm beds, and lots of love and attention. What more do cats need? Well, he said that cats are, by nature, wild animals, and deserve to go outside, and that if you can't provide for them to go outside, that it's cruel and unusal punnishment, and that I should take my cats back to the shelter, because I am torturing them.
I live in a suburb of Washington DC, about a stone's throw away from the interstate and a street that has horrible traffic. I cant imagine letting my cats go outside with the possibility that they might get hit by a car.
So am I being a bad cat mom? I've never really known anyone that has had cats before, but I always thought that if there were lots of cars around, that it's best to keep them indoors. Or is this guy just retarded?
I have had in-and-out cats all my life. My first cat lived into her late teens. Since I have been an adult, most cats lived less than 5 years. Sammy was found in a ditch...either hit by a car or ate poison at a nearby farm. Tiger Lily died giving birth to "one last litter"...I had my other two barn cats spayed, but since Tiger Lily was such a great Momma cat, and had such lovely babies...I planned to let her have one more litter. The two kittens who had already been born died, too. I lost my last two barn cats last summer...they just disappeared, as outside cats often do. Scout was about 6 or 7. Angel was probably 8 years old.
So yeah, if your cat needs excitement, cars, fleas, and dogs, by all means send it out to play.
Festus is my first inside only cat. She will be two in April. Garfield is also inside only. And Jasmine was born outside, but was rescued at 5 weeks old. They will all spend the rest of their (hopefully long) lives inside.
Garfield escaped into the garage once. I was afraid he would get outside, so ran to close the outside garage door. I turned to see him running in circles in front of the closed screen door into the kitchen. As soon as I opened it, he "escaped" back inside. He was terrified by his 10 seconds almost outside. I do have a barn cat, Will, my avatar boy. He sat through the entire performance staring at Gar as if to say, "Hey, sissy-boy, are you lost?" LOL!
Yes, I still have outside cats. WIll was born outside, and adopted us. I struggle with the idea of bringing him inside, but he is truly happy outside. Also outside is Josie, adopted from my rescue agency, because she would not stop peeing inside, so wasn't adoptable as a house cat. And 1 to 3 feral outside cats, who I rarely see, but do feed.
Keep your kitty inside. The "gentleman" is entitled to his opinion. But in most areas of the US, he would not be allowed to adopt from a shelter or foster agency, because they require inside only!