Is your little guy neutered yet?
Yeah, he was done at 6 months.
I love the birds in our garden, I feed them everyday. I would not be happy to be gifted a dead one.
Augustus will be staying indoors.
All of the cats I've owned myself have been indoor. They get their "call of the wild" time on the screened porch aka their "happy place."
“The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.”
― Pema Chödrön
Until they got fleas. Presumably from other cats who roam through my yard, "marking" it because they know cats live here...or from wildlife with fleas. It's a real bitch to get rid of fleas...takes forever.
Plus....they ate the grass, of course. Then promptly came in and threw it up.
Now, they must be satisfied with open screened windows and doors. They're fine....they're too fat to catch anything anyways.
I once adopted a stray, who had to live outside because he didn't get along with my other cats, and sprayed all over the house, even though he was fixed. He routinely ate squirrels, and like other posters have said...one day he just didn't come back.
Personally, I'm very annoyed at the cat owners on my street that don't keep their cats in. They come in my yard, fight, cry, hiss at my kitties through the window, and mark my yard. And oh yeah...leave fleas. I hate most seeing cats out there looking for a warm place on a snowy day...they have collars, so I know they belong to someone...
Just my two cents. Good luck!
If you haven't guessed, I'm not a fan of "outdoor cats."
*Somewhere, far away from here, I saw stars. Stars that I could reach.*
"We're not broken, just bent, and we can learn to love again" ~Pink
I know someone mentioned fleas - that's a HUGE consideration here.
And there's just too much out there to make them sick, hurt them, etc.
My opinion on this was sealed with one word from the vet though. She asked if we let the cats out or kept them in. I said they never go out, and she said, "Good!"
She went on to say that their health and life expectancy is MUCH better when they are indoor cats.
Life expectancy for indoor cats averages between 12 - 18 years, and can be 20+.
Opinion on life expectancy for outdoor cats varies a lot, and it depends somewhat on how much they go out, but at best it looks like it reduces expectancy by 4- 5 years. Some say they usually only live 4 - 5 years.
Remember - birds are just dinosaurs biding their time. Every bird your cat kills is another cinch in our evolutionary superiority.
If the oxygen content of our atmosphere ever reaches prehistoric levels and bugs get HUGE again and all the birds are too dead to turn into people-munching Terrorbird monsters, the world will be safe for habitation thanks to the cats.
Thank you, cats. And I dunno, dogs or something for being stupid and shit. FUCK YOU DOG FOR KNOCKING THE GODDAMN PLANTER ONTO 4 FULL BASKETS OF CLEAN LAUNDRY I HAD TO EMPTY THE VACUUM THREE TIMES.
Sorry, anyway, cats. Ours likes to wander around outside but makes sure to be in at night so she can wake me up at 4 am.
Plus, if they use your neighbors yard/landscaping as a toilet they will likely end up being poisoned or in animal control's hands.
When the wind is right, I can smell my neighbor's porch (2 doors down)....cats have soaked the porch furniture with urine....their cats, so I guess they don't notice. Wow! I do.
I am with you on this one. We have a few cats that are loose in the neighborhood (but "owned" by someone). When the weather starts getting nice, we like to open our bedroom window at night. Which means our cats like to be IN the window. And then the neighborhood cats come around - making OUR cats start ungodly howling at 3 in the morning (because they are defending territory - both of our cats are fixed).
And because of the territory issues, that means the cats running free pee near our window (we're in a ground level townhouse-style condo)... and there goes leaving the window open! GRRRRRRRR!!!!!
We have found that spraying water or canned air through the window helps some. But we shouldn't have to worry about other peoples pets like this.
And don't get me started about the people who allow their dogs to use the lawn in front of our house as a bathroom and don't bother to clean up after them.....
Biggest reason: He is FIV+
I will not be responsible for getting other kitty cats sick.
My cat goes out on the balcony and if he goes outside, we supervise. I also don't want my cat hanging out in the sewer either
[This message edited by LeftBehind08 at 9:13 PM, April 19th (Friday)]
However, if cats do not learn outside smarts from somewhere they are just sitting ducks for an untimely death.
Don’t get to the end of your life and find that you lived only the length of it; live the width of it as well.
XWH died Dec. 2010
They do not go out for all the reasons already mentioned here.