posted on Jan, 31 2011 @ 03:56 PM
Thanks for all the replies and I get the point, all of the points made here.
I'll post some pictures of my cats tomorrow.
So far my view on cats was a lot different then the view of all of you who feel that cats should be kept in their natural environment (outside) and
with their natural instincts (hunt, kill and eat).
My first cat, Angel, came from an animal shelter when she was two months old. I picked her because she was the most scared kitty. She's almost 3
years old now and still is a scared cat, whenever we have visiters she hides and she will only come out when there are no strangers around. She
sneaked out once, stayed away for two days and after that never wanted to go out again.
My second cat, Ishti (nicknamed E.T.) also came from a shelter, she was 3 weeks old and I picked her because I felt she wouldn't survive in the
shelter, alone and without a mother to feed her. They where feeding her meat in the shelter. Two days later she was as good as death so we had to give
her fluids under the skin twice a day with an injection needle to keep her hydrated. I bottle fed her for 2 more weeks, woke up two times each night
to make sure she got fluids and threated her like a baby. The result of all this is that now, two years later, she still thinks she's my baby and
doesn't act like a cat at all. But she's the sweetest most gentile cat you can imagine. She's the one who developed food allergies early on,
everything that contains chicken or bird products gives her distress... so even if I wanted to, I can't let her outside because there she will find
and eat a lot of things that could kill her.
Our new house is at the edge of the woods, forrest on one side and corn fields on the other side. Maya grew up outside and I wouldn't force her to
stay indoors. She has these 'kitten doors' to go in and outside. My other two cats are to stupid to use the kitten doors, after almost 6 months they
still haven't figured them out...lol
Now some would argue that Angel and Ishti aren't "real" cats and Maya is. To me they are all pets and I keep them just because of that, not because
they are good hunters.
Next spring we will be 'catproofing' a part of our garden so all of them can go outside, IF I can get them to go outside, without being able to
wonder outside the garden, except for Maya, she will get a magnetic cat door.
Like I said, I keep cats because they are pets and I don't want my pets to go bother the neighbors or kill their chickens or rabbits. so I try to
keep them on my own property.
I know to my other two cats I'm not the boss, I'm more like their employee that serves them on their needs... but Maya, she's something else, not
like any other cat I've ever seen when I still lived in the city... guess that's how cats in the country our. And of course she's not the devil
himself, that was just talk.
She can be sweet as well, when she wants to, but never when I want her to... she jumps on my lap on very rare occasions and she trusts and respects my
husband more then she does me... probably because hubby thinks it's cool to have a hunter in the house.
With the previous owner she had 6 food bowls all lined up with 6 different brands of food. It took her only a week to learn that I give her one brand
of food in only one bowl and on set times. So she learns and she accepts certain things.
The only thing that bothers me is the killing and the mess inside the house.
And yes, I did take her to see a vet and she's perfectly fine and healthy for her age.