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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-18-2008, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Indoor Vs. Outdoor

I have a question about Indoor Vs. Outdoor kitties.
Basically I'm starting to feel guilty about keeping my cats indoors. My little baby Phoenix is really restless.. She stares out the window and meows sadly.. It breaks my heart. When I come home she is waiting by the door to dart out. The thing is she is still a little kitten and I live in an apartment complex that has lots of traffic coming in and out.. Plus I live next to a busy street with a busy intersection. I try to explain to her that I don't want to find her dead and I really don't want someone to steal her because she is so **** cute.. but I don't think she gets it.
So my question is... Does anybody think it is cruel to keep cats indoors? I hear they typically live longer when kept indoors.
I just feel guilty... I know she wants to explore and lay in the sun..
oh well. any thoughts?
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-18-2008, 12:51 PM
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Simple answer: No.
Complicated answer: Some people don't know anything, so they say yes.
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Have you considered a cat enclosure for outside? Would that be possible?

What about a harness?

Allowing your cat outside is a personal decision and theres no right or wrong answer. Its not cruel to keep your cats indoors. Nor is it cruel to let them outside. But you shouldnt feel guilty either way. I would suggest you research the pros and cons on both sides of the arguement and decide for yourself. Many people have very strong opinions on the subject but I'd try to hunt down a unbiased account of the debate.
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Simple answer: No.
Complicated answer: Some people don't know anything, so they say yes.
I dont understand these statements huge. What do they mean?
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thanks for the response guys... I suppose I won't feel guilty anymore. It is safer to keep them inside.. and I have thought about enclosing my patio I would just hate for her to find a way out of that. I comprised though.. I'm going to get a huge cat tree. I wasn't sure I would be able to fit one in my apartment but Im going to rearrange a bunch of stuff and figure out a way.
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I let my cats outside, but I live in a no thorugh road estate with about 30 acres of fields behind me, which are rugby grounds. So in that sence they are reasonably safe, Pebbles lived to be 22 years old and she was indoor/outdoor.

But if I were in your situation, I wouldn't let them outside.
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Simple answer: No.
Complicated answer: Some people don't know anything, so they say yes.

In some circumstances it would be favorable to a cat to lead an outside life.

In PhoenixKitty's situation I would say the cat would be safer having an indoor life.

It would be cruel to have a cat declawed to make an indoor life more comfortable for the owner. But that's just my personal opinion.

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I think it depends for the most part on the particular circumstances of the cat and where you live. Based on your description of your circumstances, it sounds like it would be best to keep her inside. The cat tree idea is great!


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I think in your situation it is far better to keep your cat indoors. The people and the traffic could pose a huge danger to letting her outdoors.

Getting a big cat tree is a great idea, as well as getting her used to a harness and taking her on supervised trips to the outdoors. Be sure to provide her with plenty of things to keep her occupied inside, and she'll be fine.

What sort of patio do you have? Many people, myself included, have enclosed their patios to provide a safe area for their cat. Maybe post a picture of your patio, or the type of patio you have and people can give you some suggestions?
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Simple answer: No.
Complicated answer: Some people don't know anything, so they say yes.

In some circumstances it would be favorable to a cat to lead an outside life.

In PhoenixKitty's situation I would say the cat would be safer having an indoor life.

It would be cruel to have a cat declawed to make an indoor life more comfortable for the owner. But that's just my personal opinion.

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She didn't mention declawing. She asked if it was cruel keeping a cat indoors. It's not.
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