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Indoor only. For one we have Coyotes out here a lot and many cats "disappear" (ie get eaten) by them. But it mainly started when we were in the military it was post law that all cats had to be indoor cats. If they were found outdoors you got one chance, if they found them once they were returned if they found them again they took the cat permanently so they were indoors there and after 4 years f being 100% indoors we kept them that way. It's also healthier for them IMO.
Max is generally an indoor cat, he does like to go out and sit on the back deck occasionally in the spring and summer though..during the day only..we are on about 80 acres of ground,we dont let him out much though, as we have coyotes out in the fields.
Mitzy and Callie were outdoor cats for most of their life. We lived in a nice area that was cat friendly, didn't have a lot of busy roads or any type of wild animals. But since I live on the 5th floor and Mitzy's living w/ me.. he's an indoor cat only. It was really hard on him at first but he's adjusted now.. I don't think that he would've survived this winter had he still been outdoors.. its way too cold for him at his age.
Callie lives w/ my grandparents (I still consider her mine) and she's an occasional outdoor cat. She lays on the porch to watch the birds, but she doesn't venture far.
beckii ... momma to my beautiful princess Mikayla Lynn 01.18.06
Indoor only. I hate when people let their cats outside and then they put up fliers saying their cat is missing. Well, I wonder why!!!!! And it's even worse when they have them declawed. But that's another story....
Leia and Pumpkin are indoor only. Every once in awhile they will peek out the door if we have it propped open trying to get groceries inside but they have shown no interest in actually stepping outside. In fact they shake their paws off and go give themselves a bath if they stick so much as a whisker outdoors. They were a little more interested when we had a stray out there we were feeding. He stayed for about 9 months and was outdoor only just because he stayed wild no matter how much we tried to coax him to be more tame. Then one day he was just gone which makes me sad.
I'm 37 years old and have cats all my life. All have been indoors. I've always been against letting cats outside, for fear they'd get hurt, run over, taken, etc.
However, our current one was rescued from a shelter. We kept her indoors for a year, and she was miserable, kept running for the door. She got out one day, and I noticed she stayed in our tiny yard. She came back in of her own accord, and was playful and obviously MUCH happier. I called the shelter and found that she had been an outdoor cat with her previous owner (they dumped her because they were moving...grr). We've been letting her out ever since. Most of the time she only goes out for an hour or so, and she stays right near the house. The neighbors all know her, and I've asked to make sure it's okay if ever she wanders into their yards. No one minds, she doesn't dig up flowers or anything.
If she ever gets hurt or disappears, I'll feel that she had a better life happy, out where she obviously felt she belonged. We could force her to stay indoors, as we did that first year -- but she is so much happier now, playful and affectionate. She's the only cat I've felt SHOULD be outside at times. She was a really miserable, biting grump that first year. Now, she purrs, sits on our laps, is affectionate, etc.
Growing Mama to two beautiful children.