Indoor Cat or Outdoor Cat

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The indoor cat or outdoor cat debate can be a touchy subject. Let's take an in-depth look at the pros and cons without having a hissy fit...

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Enjoy the journey and always remember.......Cats Rule!


Should Your Cat Go Outside?

Wondering if you should allow your cat to go outside unsupervised?

Well there are definitely some pure breeds that should never be outside cats. Hairless breeds like the Sphynx are extremely vulnerable and should always be supervised outdoors. Docile breeds like the Burmese may not be able to defend themselves.

All cats allowed outdoors are exposed to diseases and parasites that they would not otherwise encounter.

Fred Flintstone put his saber-tooth out every night, but the cat jumped right back in the window - and he was a saber-tooth!

Tinkie up a treeTinkie up a tree circa 1971

Still, most of us feel a little envy when we see our domestic companion out on some high perch, sniffing the breeze of liberty, and there is no doubt that cats love their freedom....

Growing up all we had were outdoor cats, and although we have a few tales to tell of fights and injuries (one of my cats was shot with a b.b. gun and needed a 3 hour surgery), in general they all lived long, happy lives.

When my house became very busy with multiple pets, my little tabby decided she preferred the big white house around the corner, where an older, petless couple lived. After spending the first 5 years of her life with us, she divorced us and became theirs. I would see her from time to time and she would always run up to say hi. 

After I moved out my mother would report having seen her here or there, and then after about 7 years, the reports stopped.  I thought to make my way around the corner to the big white house and ask, but I guess I just felt silly and never did. Then one day, while on my way to visit, I drove down that block and there she was, sitting on the stoop.  

Tinkerbell circa 1976

I got out of the car and thought to approach slowly but she jumped up and ran to me, meowing and purring and curling around my legs. She was an old lady then, 18 years old, but still looked like a kitten- such a beautiful face!

I guess she just must have cut down on the size of her territory and no longer made it through the backyards and across the street to see us.

There was always something so mysterious about that. She had a world beyond our family, and made a choice that suited her. Rather than sharing the couch with the crowd, she just changed her life. 

Fascinating, and I'm not gonna lie, a little heartbreaking, but she did her thing and I was happy for her...


So what do you say- Indoor Cat or Outdoor Cat?

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Indoor for city and partly outdoor for country cats. 
City life is dangerous for kitties. Diseases are more fluent and accidents are more prone to happen. I would keep my kitty indoors in the city. But …

Absolutely 
My tuxedo cat, MoonPie, loves to go outside during the warmer seasons. After whining by the door for several days, I could not find my relatively demure …

Mixed! 
It depends on the cat and where you live. We live on a large lot in a gated community with a ravine behind and 25 mph speed limit. We have three cats, …

Be warned: your beloved cat is far too easily killed outside. 
I adopted a pure white Cat at the age of about 5 to 6 months several years ago. I do not like the idea of allowing a cat to have outside freedom but Cat …

In door out door 
We always adopt, but some places I've gone through have wanted us to sign papers that we will not let the cat outside. My feeling is that if I adopt, it …

No, cats can come to harm and they can harm local wildlife 
Man has done a lot of damage to the ecosystem and that includes introducing domesticated animals like cats and dogs that will attack local wildlife. Even …

Oliver Not rated yet
I'm healthy indoors-but it sucks, bored to death! Love to drive my human minions. So, might as well let me out once in a while,never on a full stomach. …

indoor cat much longer than outdoor Not rated yet
they live longer not live shorter

dodstild Not rated yet
I'm a firm believer in outdoor cats. I've had as many as 13 cats at one time and all were outside. Admittedly some were Wild but I was able to catch them …

Barn cats vs house cats  Not rated yet
I would have to say barn cats seem to be more friendly towards strangers or new additions to a family. I have lived on a barn for most of my life, and …

cat lover Not rated yet
Indoor only!! Too many dangers out there. We need to protect them, they are precious.

Jim Mazey Not rated yet
Haveing worked as a Veterinary Technician for more than 15 years, I have seen so many cats injured or killed as a result of their outdoor activities. The …

love cats Not rated yet
Cats deserve to be allowed to be themselves. Which means they should be indoor/outdoor cats. All of our cats have been allowed outside and lived long, …

Fuzzbuddy Tara O'Hara Not rated yet
Cats should be kept indoors to protect wildlife such as birds and lizards. And an indoor cat has a longer life expectancy. I now have a Persian who is …

Allo123 Not rated yet
So sorry but I think if you love your cat you should keep it inside! I know it may seem they want to go out but I've found that lasts only a short time, …

Clan of 10 Not rated yet
I have 10, all rescued from abandonement outdoors, or adopted from rescue groups. I grew up on a farm, where we had seperate "barn cats" and then those …

Indoors or outdoors Not rated yet
Inside because of cars, hawks or such, dogs, diseases or parasites, freezing temps.

Yes, but be aware of the dangers Not rated yet
My husband and I adopted a stray cat. She was starving so we started to feed her and next thing you know she was our cat. Of course we had her spayed, …

teckiero fuego Not rated yet
My 5 year old tonkinese coffe brown male just loves to stroll in the morning sun. He's the best hunter at least a bird a week, and he eats the whole thing. …

Stan the Man Not rated yet
Our Russian blue Stan was kept as an indoor cat for the first 2 years of his life, at the strict instruction of the breeders- it was a condition of sale. …

Cleo & Minka go from indoor to indoor-outdoor cats and are happier for it. Not rated yet
The first year of my cat´s lives they lived indoors as I was in a 1st floor apartment near a busy road. Then I moved to a ground floor apartment in a large …

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