reply to post by Night Star
You're absolutely right!
It's much more cruel to let a cat run loose & be hit by a car,
or taken by a hawk, owl or eagle & torn to pieces.
(It happens! Yes, even in residential areas!)
Shot or poisoned by sick neighbors who hate cats,
or be attacked, maimed or blinded, by a dog, coyote or feral tom cat!
Besides coming home with worms, fleas & ticks & a possible illness!
Our local shelter requires anyone adopting, to sign a paper,
agreeing that any animal they are adopting will be an indoor animal only!
Owners are supposed to protect their pets!
Not let them run loose, helpless to all the dangers out there!
That would be something like letting your 16 year old daughter, drive to NYC alone,
to spend the weekend exploring when she just got her driver's license!!!
Then there are people who let their pets have a litter before they get them fixed too!
Do they ever think about what the mother feels when her babies are taken away from her,
not knowing where they went & never seeing them again???
Not to mention all the unwanted pets that are killed every year!!!
As far as declawing...we never had it done & I didn't know much about it.
Someone we know had it done recently. I was horrified at what is involved!
They don't only remove the claws, they remove the first 'knuckle'!!!
That's like having your fingernails taken off down to the first knuckle!
Try scratching a bad itch after that!!! How do they play with a toy or pick up a piece of food?
Not only that, but with that protection gone, the front of the pads are now exposed!
If you take the time to train them & give them something they like to scratch on,
you won't usually have a problem! Problems with pets usually reflect back to the owners !!!
You have to invest the time to show & teach them what you expect of them!!!
If you are the kind of person who has a foo-foo house & furnishings, & no time,
you probably shouldn't have a pet anyway! It won't be happy & neither will you!
I've had cats my whole life, live in a semi rural area,
& used to let the cats go out when they wanted to during the day.
The one that is 16, came home with a gash on the inside of his thigh once.
Couldn't have been from a fight, he must have been chasing a mouse
through a scrap pile or maybe old lumber with nails in it.
That was the first time any of our cats got hurt, they didn't usually go very far.
After that I didn't let them loose anymore.
The neighbors really miss them, they were good mousers!!!
I have a big dog kennel outside that they go out in now.
Even though the old cat was loose all those years before, he doesn't mind the kennel!
He asks to go out in it, & lets me know when he's ready to come back in!
We also screened in a 20 foot long porch for our rescue cats.
It has a scratching post & we cut a 6 foot section of tree with branches for them to climb on.
We have perches in different areas on different levels,
so they can sit & watch everything going on in the yard!
As long as they have space for a short run when the mood strikes them,
and mental stimulation & play time, they will flourish!
Cats can even be trained to walk on a leash & enjoy it.
I would recommend a harness instead of a collar though.
They can be little escape artists!
I guess what it all boils down to is...you get out of pet ownership
only what you are willing to invest in it!!!
edit on 6-5-2013 by wasobservingquietly because: (no reason given)