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Old 11-19-2012, 04:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Does anyone have any thoughts or experiences they'd like to share? Any other issues that I should be aware of that may affect his future life?
Hi and welcome to the forum, damo!

You'll get real-life experience (11+ years' worth!) and hands-on expert opinion at a place where there have gathered almost 300 guardians of deaf kitties: right here

For this little one's sake, I hope you'll be able to get both the facts and moral support to continue providing for his safety..........indoors (unless, of course,he's outdoors on a leash or in an enclosure!)
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Glad to say it's not the same here, Galathiel. My last cat to die was over 20 and she had been indoor / outdoor from kittenhood!

On the deaf cat issue, however, I feel exactly the same - there are too many threats that are picked up on an auditory level.

Just to add that the one who died before that was about 10 and was as a result of chronic asthma not an outdoor threat.

Agreed. My mom had a couple cats from before I was born, indoor/outdoor. They lived to be 18 and 22. Outdoor is a viable lifestyle, just not safe for a deaf kitten.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:46 AM   #13 (permalink)
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It may be viable.... but it wasn't in my experience. I'm sure there are many cats that live to a ripe old age being indoor/outdoor... just none that I've known personally.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:50 PM   #14 (permalink)
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You have two adorable kitties and I also believe in keeping cats indoors. What shocks me the most about your post is that your vet agrees with letting the kits outdoors. No vet in the US would agree with that.

You want your kits to have a long, healthy life....keep them indoors.
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