Rocket has been spending his summer mostly outside while we're working on a spraying issue. I used to be one of those "cats belong indoors" people but my experience this summer has changed my mind. When I see how much Rocket enjoys being outside, I have to wonder whether indoor-only cats aren't being denied something. Of course, this brings up the whole philosophical question about whether a cat who's never been outside never knows what he's missing, and since it's statistically proven that an indoor cat is healthier and lives longer than an outdoor cat, it's better to keep them indoors.
I didn't have very good choices at the time with Rocket, but at this point I don't regret sending him out. Maybe I will at some point in the future if it proves to be too difficult to reintegrate him back inside and he has to stay out. My goal is to get him back inside, but even if I do and he's not happy there, then what?
So it's a difficult choice. At this point I'd say that it might be suitable for some cats in some situations, but in the case of a cat who doesn't even want
to go out, like Mellie, you don't even have to think twice. And in the case of a cat who's never been out, if they're doing fine inside then why take the chance of introducing complications. And if you've got a cat that does need to go out, the best scenario is an enclosed area they're happy to stay in.
But Rocket is a whole different cat since going out; going out has been really good for him. It's like it's made him complete
. I don't know, it's hard to describe, but it's been a good thing. So far. And I'm happy for him. And you know what? Lately he's been hunting and roaming less, and hanging around more, and showing more interest in going inside. Maybe he's had his fill and now realizes life inside isn't so bad after all. But however this ends up, I've learned going outdoors is not necessarily such a bad thing.