Originally Posted by Lilac*
Like I've said before I have no problem if you want to make your cat an outdoor or an outdoor/indoor cat. It's your choice, your cat. I'll tell you my thoughts about it but respect your decision on it. I would expect the same from you we don't have to agree. Calling me cruel for keeping my cats indoors is crossing the line though; same goes for calling people who let their cats outside cruel.
I agree with that sentiment 100%.
I guess though that some people can get very passionate about these things and assume that the 'other way' is entirely wrong. There are obviously some things that are
entirely wrong but I'm sure its pretty obvious what they are (we hope!).
As for the OP and the 'top poster' - with all due respect - there are so many other cat owners out there that dont really know what they are doing as regards to cat ownership (I certainly feel in that group at times
) - are we going to take all those cats away? Or is it better to educate them? Of course in this case, education is not possible - but we don't scream at newbies on here that their cats should be taken away because they are making some wrong - and perhaps harmful - assumptions about cats. We (hopefully gently) tell them otherwise.
As for the old lady stealing the cat. I'm not sure she is either. I feed outdoor kitties. Some of these will be ferals - and its these that are my intended feeders - but others are bound to be indoor/outdoor neighbourhood cats. I have no intention of stealing any of them and in fact got into a situation with a stray a while ago wherebys I was tying myself in knots trying to decide whether to take it in or not (on the premise I didnt really know whether it was a stray and not wanting to steal someones cat). I've learned since this cat has got a new home.
I try to avoid yahoo answers because some of the posts make me want to scream. Lots of idoits use that place