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  •  Aparently you hold that opinion (0+ / 0-)

    strongly.  And I respect that.  However, my opinion is quite different.  I love to be out in nature, out in the garden.  I can tell my cat also loves being outside a lot of the time.  He also loves to be on the couch sleeping for great periods of time.  To me, being kept inside a building all the time would be like a prison.  I am fortunate to live where an outside cat is safe.  I have had cats live as indoor-outdoor at will and reaching a ripe old age of 20.  

    I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had. - Margaret Mead

    by fayea on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 12:48:22 PM PST

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    •  My attitude on outside cats... (2+ / 0-)
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      badscience, arch the same as with outside dogs, ferrets, gerbils or any other kind of pet. If it is outside it needs to be under the control of the owner. Period. This may mean confinement (there are some real nice outside cat confinements I have seen), leash, voice command or anything else. Your pet is not not a wild animal and should not intrude on the native ecosystem or neighbors.

      I have always thought that people that just open the door and let their cat(or dog) run wild all day really show little regard for the well being of the pet. They really don't demonstrate care that the pet ever comes back.

      My humble opinion

      (And yes, I have had cats, 4 over the last 20 years and a total of 6 dogs as well)

      •  I think this is also the way the law sees this. (2+ / 0-)
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        arch, bgblcklab1

        I don't want cats or dogs crapping in my vegetable garden.

        I don't want my cat infected with a disease from being outdoors unsupervised.

        I don't want my cat hit by a vehicle because it is outdoors unsupervised.

        Catios and leashes are great options for cats and they can be trained to use them. I think many people feel that their cat suffers if it isn't outdoors free-range, but the reality is that the cat does suffer if let outdoors free-range (statistically speaking. There are always exceptions).

        In a less enlightened time, I had two cats growing up. They were both free-range indoor/outdoor. One lived to be 21. The other ate a poisoned rat and died. My heart broke that day and it has never quite healed.

        My current cat rules the inside of our house. End of story.

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