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post #31 of 45
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Originally Posted by urbantigers
Mine are indoors only and always have been. It's relatively unusual for cats in the UK to be kept indoors and frowned upon by many (some rescue shelters will not rehome a cat to an indoor home) but is becoming more popular, especially amongst pure bred cats. I live in a ground floor apartment and when I got them I did consider fitting a cat flap to one of the windows to allow them to go out but as I live near a busy road I decided to see how they got on as indoor cats. They've been fine and are perfectly content but I stil get a few raised eyebrows when I say I keep them indoors.
Why is it that some shelters (in UK) refuse to rehome a cat to an indoor home ?
BTW,all my cats & kittens are all kept indoors. The streets of KL,M'sia are just to mean to allow these kitties out
post #32 of 45
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Originally Posted by Sims2fan
My cats are indoors right now but when I get married in August I will be moving to a house with a garden. At this point I am going to get this http://www.freedom-fence.co.uk/pet-c...ment/index.php so they can enjoy the garden and not get out on the open road either.
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post #33 of 45
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Originally Posted by beatnix
Why is it that some shelters (in UK) refuse to rehome a cat to an indoor home ?
There is still a prevalent attitude here that cats should be allowed the freedom to go outside and be independent, and that it's not right to keep them indoors. Many people are starting to think that an enclosed garden is a safer compromise but there's still a lot of people who think it's just not right to keep a cat indoors all the time. A lot of shelters here do home checks before rehoming a cat/kitten and will not let you rehome a cat if you live on a busy road and some are not keen on you keeping them totally indoors unless they're unwell or disabled (FIV +ve, blind, 3-legged etc). A lot of it depends on the individual home checker. To be fair, there aren't as many dangers here to cats (eg wildlife) as in the US, the main danger being roads. It's slowly becoming more acceptable - my vets think it's good that I keep my cats in and the breeder who sold me a kitten recently recommended he was an indoor cat. A lot of people think I'm being cruel though by not allowing mine to go outside, and even more think it's just plain odd!
post #34 of 45
My kitties are indoor only as well. My landlords have a big dog (very lovely and playful) but I am not sure what would happen if he was able to get to my kitties! They are leash trained and I take them out every now and again. More when the weather is really nice and sunny. I would hate for them to get NO fresh air!

Stanley is pretty fond of going out. Nervous at first and then he realizes there are just so many things to see! Sadie is really nervous outside, all the noises scare her. So I take her out only for a little while, I am hoping to get her used to the noises so that she too can enjoy her time outside.

Both my cats are quite happy to be inside and sit in the window to enjoy the outdoors that way. Since they play a lot together they definitely get the needed exercise!
post #35 of 45
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Originally Posted by urbantigers
There is still a prevalent attitude here that cats should be allowed the freedom to go outside and be independent, and that it's not right to keep them indoors. Many people are starting to think that an enclosed garden is a safer compromise but there's still a lot of people who think it's just not right to keep a cat indoors all the time. A lot of shelters here do home checks before rehoming a cat/kitten and will not let you rehome a cat if you live on a busy road and some are not keen on you keeping them totally indoors unless they're unwell or disabled (FIV +ve, blind, 3-legged etc). A lot of it depends on the individual home checker. To be fair, there aren't as many dangers here to cats (eg wildlife) as in the US, the main danger being roads. It's slowly becoming more acceptable - my vets think it's good that I keep my cats in and the breeder who sold me a kitten recently recommended he was an indoor cat. A lot of people think I'm being cruel though by not allowing mine to go outside, and even more think it's just plain odd!
Hey! Thanks for the info.
IMHO, an enclosed outdoor cat walk seems like a better idea and a safer alternative as opposed to letting the cat out. I'm all for indoors as the streets here are busy too. Mad drivers don't help either
post #36 of 45
My 3 cats are completely indoor pets. I have very strong feelings about allowing cats to be outdoors, even for short periods of time, even under supervised conditions. Mine are more than happy indoors, and I feel good knowing that they are 100% safe, 100% of the time.

I know it's a personal thing. I guess I'm just an over-protective momma.
post #37 of 45
Indoor. only.
post #38 of 45
All of my kitties are strictly indoors.They are all rescues and i would never want anything to happen to them outside if they were to get loose...too many potential problems that could hurt my girls. They get flea treatment year round though just in case my dog tracks anything inside the house. During the spring/summer, i put them on their harness leash and let them walk in the garden for a few minutes to get some fresh air. They have their own little catnip garden lol....they love it.
post #39 of 45
I think it depends on the cat and the location.

Patches and Princes are indoor/outdoor. Patches will claw her way out. She was born feral. I don't really worry about her. She actually looks both ways before crosisng the street, and she handles other dogs and cats well. To trap Patches indoors, or even in an outdoor cage, would be inhumane. She's 17 and still brings home mice from the school yard across the street. I also don't worry about anyone stealing her since no one else can pick her up. She also seems to understand where her home is, even though she was feral once. There was one time we thought she ran away; turned out she spent 3 days sleeping in the attic and eating dry food late at night. She also once spent 2 days under the house, and 2 days inside an old car (found her in it before we sold it, thankfully).

Princess, on the other hand, would love to live in a studio apartment. She has to be thrown outdoors, and when she's there she refuses to leave our yard and spends most of the time in the garage. Even the sidewalk is much too scary for her.

Puppy would like to be outdoor, but he's indoor only because of his declaw. While he was still a unhomed kitty, he would wander outside, but he never checks for cars, dogs, or other cats. Even if he wasn't declawed, I wouldn't let him out without supervision; he just gets too distracted. When we get a house, we'll probably set up an outdoor cage for him so that he can't get out and other cats can't get in. For now, he goes outdoors on a leash.
post #40 of 45
All six of my cats are indoor only (though we've been taking Zinnia, who's 10 weeks, out on a harness and leash).
post #41 of 45
Mine are both indoors. The younger one didnt like it outside, the dogs scared her when she was younger at about the same time i opened the front door and she went running straight into a snow pile which by chance was a blizzard. She came back in pretty fast and the dogs licked her clean. She hasnt been out since.
the older one, if you can get her upstairs she may go out along the front porch and than back in.
post #42 of 45
Mine are indoor/outdoor - Ginger lived on the streets for 3 years, adn it is too ingrained in him, I have tried to keep him in. Molly is the only one of mine that worries me as she is hte only wanderer and sits on the wall!! So not looking forward to the summer with her too much!! It is safe where I live though, or things would be differnt. As urbantigers says, it is rare to see indoor only cats, I dont know of any round here, except my fosters, and some rescues wont home if they are going to be indoor only, and some wont home if you dont have a catflap.
post #43 of 45
Definitely indoors! Too many monsters outside!
post #44 of 45
My first four cats were originally indoor only, then i started letting them out on my screened in patio. Then I moved and didnt have the patio anymore. They were so destructive and poop and peed out of the litter boxes. I got a dog door for my dogs and i couldnt keep the cats from going out so they became indoor/outdoor. It was very peacful and everyone got along.

Now i decided to keep them in and my sweet Isabelle is growling and hissing at her old friends, but they are staying inside!
post #45 of 45
Etain was a stray for about the first 6 months of her life, when she first started hanging around my place she would come and go as she pleased, and I would just leave extra food and water on the patio, about a week later I saw one of her litter mates covered in huge, open, festering wounds, it was skitish and ran away when I got too close. Next time Etain came home, she stayed inside for good and she seemed happy to do so. It wasn't long before she stopped taking interest in getting outside, and now she's downright terrified of going out. She's very happy to lay in her window and chirp at the birds all day. I don't know Midir's history as I got him from a rescue. He likes to greet me at the door and he likes to look out the window, but if you try to take him outside, or even into a new room where he hasn't been before, he cries something awful and is desperate to go back inside where its familiar. Cats are territorial and once they get used to the house being their territory, they'll be fine with that. Give them a sunny window and they'll be happy to sleep there, belly up, content in the knowledge that nothing can hurt them. I also find that hanging a bird feeder outside their favorite window provides hours of entertainment. But I would not do this if the window is near a door that gets opened a lot. Even though mine are afraid to go outside, I don't tempt fate, you never know when a bird or squirell will have them riled up enough to charge outside, and I'm always careful when opening and closing doors, you just never know. I've seen what can happen to an indoor cat when they get out and are attacked by other animals, I won't have it happen to one of my babies.

I know attitudes regarding whether cats should live indoors or out vary by country and even by region. I know that since I moved to the midwest I am constantly surprised that so many people allow their cats to roam freely, even in town, near busy highways. That "cats can take care of themselves" mentality definitely prevails here, and it breaks my heart every time I see them (I would take in the whole neighborhood if I could). Out east, it was very common for cats to be kept indoors unless they were barn cats that lived on a farm. I have a relative in australia who used to let their cats roam freely out in the bush, they did fine fending for themselves for several years, but then one summer they lost both their cats to wild animals. To me, its just not worth the risk.
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