Originally posted by fiftyfifty
For those that think cats should be kept indoors, this is purely selfish from the owners point of view as they think that their moggy is safer that
way. Yes it is safer but would you keep your children indoors all their lives because outside is dangerous?
Comparing cats to children is completely invalid. As I stated above, I have lived with cats for many decades now and most all my cats have been
"outdoor cats." All have been fully vaccinated. Some of the many reasons my cats are now "inside cats":
1. Neighbors don't always appreciate my cats. They seem to have this notion that my cats have no right to wander on their property and "mess up" their
flower beds. At least twice my cats have gone inside a neigbor's house. Once it was for over a week and how she survived I know not, but my very drunk
neighbor was none to happy with my cat crapping in his house. If you've never had this problem count yourself lucky, Are these neighbors unreasonable.
To any cat lover they are, but it's their property. Can you confine your cats to your property?
2. I've had several cats hit by cars. I've never blamed the drivers nor the cats, but the fact is the cats did not live their full lives because of
it. And we live on a dead end street.
3. I can't tell you how many thousands of dollars I've spent on vet bills because my cats got into a fight with another cat, usually one invading my
own property (See #1 above).
4. Among other wild animals where I live, there are plenty of coyotes. A chicken wire fence is no match for a coyote. Neither is a cat, as attested to
by the many posters on telephone poles. Where is Moggy? Moggy is dead, eaten by a coyote--or even a bald eagle, which is quite capable of taking a
cat. Don't laugh. It happens around here all the time. I diverted two bald eagle pairs myself when they eyed my four very white lilac point siamese,
who rushed into the house in a panic when I called them. They knew. The point is that though cats may be predators, they are also prey. Several of my
cats simply disappeared. They didn't come home.
5. Cats can "get into things" including poisons used in the garden such as slug bait. I still don;t know what happened to Hurricane. I just know I
spent $1000 a pound to keep her alive.
6. We have no flea problem. It's not an issue.
7. There is no need for FIP or FeLV vaccinations. These are a problem. Read about it here
8. I signed a legal contract agreeing that my cats would be inside cats. That pretty well settles the issue.
I've come to my solution after having cats for almost 40 years. It's one derved from experience in dealing with all the issues mentioned above. My
solution speaks to the thread because my cats are not a threat to wildlife. It also protects the cats from abuse FROM wildlife and other dangers.
You go ahead and do what you want about your cats and don't tell me what to do about mine. I'll return the favor. Keep your cats off my property, and
we'll be fine.
edit on 2/5/2013 by schuyler because: (no reason given)