pro-outdoor cat posts on my dash
Can someone explain the main problems with this? I used to let my cat out when he wanted bc he seemed depressed when he didn’t get to go, but I keep him inside now since we live near a busy road now. So yeah, help?
I am not sure there is enough time in a day to address the problems. but let me give it a try.
* The average lifespan of an indoor cats can be 15+ years, the average lifespan of an outdoor cat is between 7 and 9.
* You have no idea what your cat is doing while it is outside. They are not staying ‘just in the yard!’ just because you see them occasionally. (I know this doesn’t apply to you it’s something I commonly deal with!). Cats have been known to travel up to three miles from home, frequently.
* People are feeding your cat. i know that doesn’t sound BAD, per se. But you should have full knowledge of your cats diet so that if something happens you can tellt he vet they had this or that. As it is they could be being fed anything that they are allergic to or cannot stomach. Not to mention just the odd things people will put out for them. (leftovers from dinner, for one)
* Your cat is being exposed to pesticides/chemicals/poison. People spray their gardens, as well as put out rodent killer for rats. Your cat easily gets into these, as well as eats already poisoned rats who are dying and cannot flee properly. (my mother had an outdoor cat who was accidentally caught in the mist of our neighbors pesticides and died days later.)
* Your cat is being exposed to a host of parasites. Even aside from fleas and ticks, every wild animal your cat eats is packed full of internal parasites. Hookworms, tapeworms, you name it they have it. And you cat is ingesting that.
* Your cat is being exposed to any number of diseases. FiV, Leukemia, rabies, etc. You can vaccinate against rabies, but not everything. (and often they are not even rabies vaccinated. Again not in your case, but general.)
* Your cat is perpetually under predatory threat. If you live in a rural area your cat is under threat of coyotes, foxes, etc. Any native predator, even hawks dependent on your cats size. My grandmother had an outdoor cat taken by a hawk.
And don’t think it’s safe in a city, oh no. Your cat is roaming your neighbors yards. If any of your neighbors has a cat aggressive dog you cannot fault your neighbor for your cats injury/death. Because your animal is going into their yard.
* Traffic. This basically sums itself up. Seen a lot of roadkill cats like I have growing up? How many of those must have been pets.
* Other cats are a huge danger to your cat, and your cat is a danger to them. You think you’re the only person in the neighborhood with an outdoor cat? Nope. If your cat is coming home with bites and scratches that isn’t funny or impressive, it means your cat is being injured due to another animals aggression. And that is irresponsible.
* When your cat is outside, especially without collar, it’s easy to get picked up. Either by animal control, or someone who thinks they are legitimately a stray cat. And you will never know what happened.
* There are evil people out there. People regularly poison, trap, and kill stray cats. People purposely swerve to hit them with their cars. They shoot them with pellet guns, hunting bows, ad real guns. They do this for the fun of it. And your cat could be their victim.
* Have you seen all these stories of cats stuck places? Cats stuck in attics, walls, pipes, drains, trees, etc. How many cats get trapped somewhere and there is no good person that hears them cry? How many do you think die suffering deaths alone?
And if those aren’t good enough we’ll discuss what your cat does to the environment.
* You’re letting your cat roam onto other peoples properties. Where it scratches, pees, harasses outdoor animals, harasses other cats, etc. Talk about the number one neighborhood nuisance. In many states it is legal for these people to trap your cat and take them to the pound.
* Your cat can kill other peoples pets. An open window, a bird on a porch, even in a cage. Rabbits in a hutch. Your cat can and will take the opportunity. It’s in their nature. They’re not evil, it’s just what they do.
* Speaking of nature. Cats kill 500 billion native animals a year, in North America alone. They are contributing to the decimation of already critically endangered wildlife. And you would be letting them.
Cats are one of the animals known to kill even when well fed. They are not hungry at all, and use it as a way to end boredom.
* People can be deathly allergic to cats. So bad they break out in hives just by touching something your cat touched. So when your cat goes into someones back yard and rolls on their furniture or around their porch, you’re actually threatening someones well being and comfort in their own home, on their own property.
Your cat is NOT a wild animal. If you don’t find it acceptable to see freely roaming dogs, then it shouldn’t be acceptable tp have a free roaming cat. It’s a danger to your cat, and things around it.
if your cat is bored inside then you need to take constructive steps to make it happy. Shoving them outside is easy.
Improving their environment is harder.
Make easy access to windows, make a ‘catio’ if you can, give them access to a porch if you have it, make a ‘cat box’ off of a window. There are any number of ways that require just a small amount of effort. And if you cannot put in that effort, then don’t have a cat.
If these are not enough reasons to keep your cat inside, I’m not sure what would be, haha.
I am very happy to hear your cat is comfortably indoors now!