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do cats have road sense?

I am wondering do cats have road sense NOT to cross a main road because i know dogs dont as i seen a dog just run infront of a speeding car.
what do you guys think?
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Absolutely not! I see way to many cats, that haven't made it...:'(

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I imagine some outdoor cats have more saavy than others... they have to or they get killed.

I know that my MowMow when out with me on his leash will not hesitate to walk right out into the road with cars coming. Only me holding him back with his leash/harness stop him from getting hit. He would *NEVER* be allowed out without me to keep him safe.
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No, not at all. If they see something the opposite side of the road they will just go for it.
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When I was a young child, my next door neighbor had tons of stray cats coming and going on their property, including ours. Several were accidentally run over on our driveway by my dad. He never liked cats, sadly, but it was never intentional. I mean, he hated the clean up, can you imagine? And then tell the neighbor about it?

As much as there are cat lovers, you must know there are some folks that do not, or are aggravated by loose cats and or dogs, and some even mentally disturbed that take it out on our pets, especially ones that we let roam freely. It may be different to you in your country, though. Here, folks can simply just be mean, and not the cat's fault for being less than smart or quick about it.
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Some do, some don't...but even the ones that seem to often make a mistake, a fatal mistake.


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I don't think a cat has road sense unless they are close to hear the noise of the car or it coming at them. If I go over to talk to a neighbor my cat will cross the road. Luckily I live toward the end of a cul de sac (dead end).
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I think some do... but I've also seen cats that have good "road sense" get killed by a car after years and years of looking out for them... so it's never 100%. I think it's especially bad now that new hybrid/electric cars can be SO quiet that they may not hear or sense the car.

My past family cat, Sheba, was indoor/outdoor her entire life after we got her as a kitten from my aunt's farm. She ALWAYS looked both ways before crossing and wouldn't go if she sensed a car... which as a child I thought was fascinating. She lived to be 17, and even in her old age she would wait for cars. Although in her older age she didn't venture as far so road occurrences were low.

However, sometimes it doesn't matter how careful or how good of "road sense" cats have. I've seen some drivers purposely AIM for the cats, even if they're on the side of the road waiting or even on a curb/sidewalk. It's disgusting. I think that's how a lot of cats who were otherwise road savvy get hit...
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No they do not have road sense. Some that have lived outdoors all their lives MAY have a tad of sense to keep away from the street, but 90% of cats will meet a very, very unpleasant death when they decide to cross a road.

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