Indoor or outdoor cats?

@Margajoe (4720)
Germany
April 15, 2009 4:55am CST
Have you got an indoor cat? Does it run out whenever it gets the chance? I was running after my Mitsie this morning in my pajamas's! I felt like a fool. But it is dangerous out there. Dog's could come a long and Mitsie will freeze. He is so scared. When he gets scared he won't move. Dogs would love that. And then if Mitsie get's out, he will easily get hit by a car. The city is no place for a cat. When I was young, we lived on a farm in Canada. The animals had such a great free life. I wish I could give my cat that here, but it is not possible. Is your cat indoor or outdoor? Take care, have a nice day.
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• United States
16 Apr 09
Indoor, I have 2 cats and they love going outside. Although, they just look around for a bit and then tap the door to come back in hehehe. The other one talks to be heared, the other one is more quiet and just taps on the door.
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
17 Apr 09
Cute. My cat only taps and meows at my bedroom door. Scratching the door. I don't let him in my bedroom anymore, he always was waking me up at 5- 5:30 in the morning. That got me very irritated. I cannot get back to sleep once I wake up. Then my whole day is grumpy! Take care, have a nice day.
• United States
17 Apr 09
Aww mine used to do that every morning at 4:45 am nudge at my face purr,walk all over my pillow and when i would finally get up and go down stairs to feed him right there he'd be sitting on my step stool looking up at his canned cat food meowing i miss those days he always knew my alarm clock would go off at 5 am
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• United States
18 Apr 09
Well, the gray one, Bosco is a talker for sure. And if slept in the bedroom with us over night, 6-7am he talks and rubs all over me til I get out of bed and let him out. He's probably either of the ff: hungry, thirsty or needed to potty. The blonde one, Toby, He would tap on the door to come in the bedroom and I haven't really noticed him sneaking in for overnight stays in the bedroom...but I think he would just wait for me.
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@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
18 Apr 09
I have three indoor cats. They love sitting in the windows. I have three because believe it or not i thought if i had more than one they wouldnt be interested in outdoors. Well, as it turns out they all are very interested. We live in basement apt so there is no way they can get out. In our city they tell us not to let our house pets out. There are foxes, cyotes, racoons that like our pets very much. In Boulder there are even mountian lions. I just heard on the news last week that there is also a distemper outbreak. Lots of groundhogs in the area also have something, im thinking rabies, not sure about what they have. So there are many reasons to keep them inside for their health sake as well as our own. I have friends that have pet doors. I tell them about these things all the time. Besides the fact that my cats are manx, which have no tails. People may want to steal them. I though of making an enclosed cat run between the two side windows of the house.
@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
19 Apr 09
Well yes, sounds to me like you are better off to have them inside. Definitely. But, I never heard of a manx? A cat with no tail? Interesting. Take care.
@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
21 Apr 09
Interesting. Love the names you gave them. I also thought there tail was for balancing. Thanks for your explanation. Take care, have a nice evening!
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
21 Apr 09
I believed that all my life too. But i know better now. So i wonder just what is the purpose of the tail. Maybe so when they curl up they have the tail to help keep warm. I have noticed that when they curl up they sometimes put a paw over their nose.
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
17 Apr 09
Your cat will live longer and be healthier by being kept indoors. he should be thanking you. Since we brought him home from the animal shelter, our cat has only been out out door to go to the vet. He likes to sit by the storm door and look at the world outside, but I don't believe that he'd go out if we left the door wide open.
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
17 Apr 09
Animals from the animal shelter are more grateful. I always used to get my animals from there. I like older animals, because they are not as lively. They tend to be more patient. But, Mitsie was offered to me. And I could not resist. Not even a year old. He is a lot of work. Cost me a lot of patience too. My own fault, I knew what I was getting into. Mitsie did not try to go out of the house in the beginning. It has only been this way for the last couple of weeks. I did not think he would go very far either. There I was running after him in my pajamas! How embarrassing! Take care, have a nice day.
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
17 Apr 09
Have you had Mitzie neutered? If not, that could well be your problem.
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
19 Apr 09
Yes, he was early. Started peeing in my sports bag. And also my good boats. I had to throw them out. The smell did not go out. The bag was no problem, put it in the washing machine on time. But, lost the boats. Oh well, after that we had him fixed and that has not happened again. Thank-you. Take care.
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
16 Apr 09
I know what you mean. I've had cats in the past that would run in and out whenever somebody would open the door. We always lived on a farm, though, and it wasn't much of a problem. When my mother was living, she didn't like animals in the house and this would be a problem for her whenever she was bringing the groceries in. I have a dog that tries to go out when I don't want her to when I open the door. I've pretty much learned how to make her stay in, though. Happy mylotting! Kathy.
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
17 Apr 09
Hi! Yes it is not easy. They want out and you want them to stay inside. When you call a dog they usually listen, but a cat normally does not listen. They have there own way of thinking. Take care, have a nice day.
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
17 Apr 09
Cats are very independent, aren't they? They are sweet in their own way, though.
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
19 Apr 09
You said it, sweet in there own way. No matter what kind of trouble he makes, you can't help but love him anyway. Take care.
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• United States
16 Apr 09
Mine is both indoor and outdoor cause when hes in the house after 2 days he drives me nuts with his meowing so I solved his problem the 21st of April he's getting neutered :x there are many cats around since I live out in the country the middle of nowhere the sticks,boonies
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
17 Apr 09
Yes that is the thing to do, get him neutered. That was one of the first things I had done. Mitsie was peeing in my sports bags. All kinds of bags, he would go pee in them.Also my best pair of boots! I had to throw them away. Could not get the smell out of them. He was only 7 months old. The vet said he was very early, but it was necessary. This was about 4 months ago, he has never peed in things after that. And the meowing is less too. Take care, have a nice day.
• United States
17 Apr 09
Yup the spraying part drives me nuts best solution is buying fabreeze spray it works wonders the smell is gone :)
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
19 Apr 09
Too late,lost my boats. I threw them out. After he was neutered, he did not do it anymore. Take care.
• United States
16 Apr 09
I have an indoor cat. He literally shakes whenever he gets outside so I don't have to worry about him not being happy because I know as long as he's inside, he's happy.
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
17 Apr 09
Hi! Welcome to mylot! Happy mylotting! Yes I think you are right. Mine freezes, he could never be happy outside as long as he is scared. I think that would have been different in the country. Here there are so many noises and dangers. If I were that small, I would be scared too. Take care, have a nice day.
• United States
17 Apr 09
I'm not sure what the issue is with my cat. There are so many indoor/outdoor cats around here, just not mine LOL
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
19 Apr 09
That good. He knows where he has a good life. With you he feels good and safe. Take care.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
28 Apr 09
All of the cats that I had have been outdoor cats, with the exception of my last one, at least for the first 3 years of his life. He was the first cat I had since moving away from home and I didn't want to lose him like I had lost all of the others. I treated him like my baby and took him everywhere with me. Not only was he accustomed to riding in a car, but he was used to walking with a leash (I didn't want him running off, after all). But after a few years went by he developed a poor looking coat, at least on the back of his neck and wasn't happy being confined to one room (long story). So after some consideration I decided to let him be an indoor/outdoor cat. Fortunately I live on a good amount of land in a rural area. There are still dangers out here, but I was willing to take the risk. Boy was he ever so happy! He loved his freedom and his fur looked so much better. However, right before his 10th birthday my husband and I found him with a hole in his cheek. I don't know where it came from, but I have my suspicions. We weren't able to take him to a vet as he ran off, most likely to die somewhere. It was terribly sad, but I'm glad he at least got to be an outdoor country cat for the last few years of his life.
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
28 Apr 09
That is so sad, and on the other hand so nice. He had his time of freedom too. I guess when you see the cat getting better, then I would probably try it too. But not around here, too many cars. He would not be able to survive. Take care, have a nice day.
@KrauseHome (35295)
• United States
20 Apr 09
Well, around here where I live now, everyone has to have indoor cats for the most part as it is not safe to have them outdoors much in fear of them being ran over, etc. The last time my husband and I owned a Cat it was an indoor cat, but back when I was growing up, we had outdoor cats as we lived in the country. But no matter what, cats make wonderful pets for sure.
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
21 Apr 09
Yes they do. Sometimes Mitsie can make me very angry, but then when he looks at me with those innocent eyes, I cannot stay angry. In Canada I lived on a farm, our cat was outside and inside. But here it is not safe to let Mitsie outside. Take care, have a nice evening!
@HelScream (2828)
• Philippines
20 Apr 09
oh dear this is were we disagree lol we have a total of 10 cats inside our house and just hate all of them lol but theres nothing I can do since they are there already always adding up each time the mother cat got pregnant. I dont hate cats really but its when they brake lots of things in my house like my favorite mug my favorite figurine which is expensive and recently another figurine just got broken waaaaaaaa just got to hate it when it happened lol. They jump into things even if they are into their right places. and just broke everything they like so even if I push them out of the house still they will find ways to come inside again.By the way how do you train your cat to behave lol.
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
21 Apr 09
Why don't you get the mother cat fixed, so she can't have any more kittens? I know what you mean, Mitsie tries to destroy everything here too. I run after him with a news paper. Problem is, he has found out that when he lays there, I am not going to hit him. So he just looks at me, like hahaha! But recently , I find with hitting the rolled newspaper hard beside Mitsie, has a good effect. This way I don't need to hit the cat, but I can train him to stay off of things. (For how long, I don't know.hahaha!) But 10 cats! I admire you. I don't have patience for 10 cats. hahaha! Take care, have a nice day!
@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
17 Apr 09
i have three cats at home and they are indoor cats. my girl and younger boy were feral but i took them in since they were really young. my other boy has never been outside before, either in his original home or my home. i live in a country where there are no animal rights so i don't allow them outside. to ensure this, i've got gates and grilles installed, with gaps so small, that they have no chance of escaping. i too wish that i can let my babies roam but that is simply not a choice for me.
@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
17 Apr 09
Yes I know what you mean. But if it is too dangerous outside, there is no choice. You are better off to leave them inside. The cat in your avatar looks like a hand full? Big eyes, ready for making mischief. Beautiful eyes!!! Take care, have a nice day.
@kellycat (48)
• United States
16 Apr 09
All 7 of mine are strictly indoors! I have one that will try to get out ever chance he gets, because he was an outdoor rescue and spent his first 7 months outdoors until he became injured and no one else got him help. Lord knows I did not need another cat, but he needed help and I took him in, he's a great guy but still wants out out out!!! He's a scrapper and lost a notch out of his ear. So while he is a street savey cat I don't think it is a good idea to let cats out period!!!
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
17 Apr 09
Sounds like he had a hard time outside. Strange, even though they have been injured, they still want to go out. He is lucky to have you as a pet friend. I was not planning on getting Mitsie either. Someone came to me one day and asked me if I wanted a cat. I had talked about it with my BF before. We were going to wait until we have moved to a better place. More outdoors. My BF wanted a black cat. I wanted a white one. So seems, this guy tells me that Mitsie is black and white. I could not resist. Not even a year old, who knows what would happen to him. I should have said no. But I could not resist. Take care, have a nice day.
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
16 Apr 09
My cat a long time ago was both, now in her Senior years she prefers the confines of the home. I was scared at first when I moved into the country she would try to get out and the dogs chase her off and then she would be a snack for the wooded creatures, but she just enjoys to look out the window from the back of the couch or on my bed.
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
17 Apr 09
Home has it confines too. It is nice that the cat gets to choose what it wants. She sounds so sweet. Take care, have a nice day.
@Theresaaiza (10465)
• Australia
16 Apr 09
Hi margajoe, well, both. Like you in Canada back then, our place is a little farm and far from the roadside. So it's pretty safe. Our dogs and our cat are actually sweet to each other. Sometimes even, when our cat gets a good smacking because of too much stealing food from our dining table, it would run and hide under the dog's belly seeking sympathy from the dog. And if the dog gets the smacking, he gets so cross that he quarrels the cat as if it was his outlet!LOL They are very funny creatures!:-D
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
17 Apr 09
That is funny! Yes they are funny creatures for sure! Yes it is great to have animals that can go there own way, without needing to worry about them. I loved those days! Take care, have a nice day.
• India
16 Apr 09
I have two cars both living indoors but I don't mind letting them out. Like us they also need fresh air to breath. But ya I keep a watch for them. Traffic is generally not a problem for them they cope with it quite well but dogs .... ya they are a big problem so that's why I keep my eye on them. Whenever a dog approaches it is my duty to keep them away. Well I agree with you that city is not the ideal place for them but in these days we can only dream of the serene country side and feel nostalgic for it. Practically we need to be in the city for our livelihood.
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
17 Apr 09
Yes unfortunately. I would love to live in the country again. I really miss that. Mitsie gets his fresh air here too. I open the window and he sits there for hours looking at all the strange creators walking by. For a cat we are all strange creators, hahaha! Take care, have a nice day.
@xbrendax (2668)
• United States
16 Apr 09
I have 30 cats and they are all indoor cats but just so they can have a little extra fun, a couple of times a week I will let a few out to play BUT I am with them! We stay out for about a half an hour then I get them all back in again, then I take another bunch out and so on and so on. I have some cats that are (runners), they are the ones that run from me and try to roam the neighborhood, so for them I put a harness and leash on them. They don't like the harness but they will accept it because they know that's the only way they will get to go outside! Remember, never just put a collar and leash on a cat, you have to use a harness that goes around their middles and between their legs, THEN attach the leash to the harness! Just thought I'd mention that in case you would like to take Mitsie out for a walk! A cat has to get used to a harness and leash, at first they will usually lay down on their sides and refuse to move, but in time they get used to it.
@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
17 Apr 09
Well yes, thank-you for the advice. Sounds reasonable, a cat with a leash around it's neck, does not sound like a good idea. I would not want to walk around like that either. I think even for dogs it is better to have a harness. It is more friendly. What kind of house have you got? 30 cats! You must have a castle??? That must be a lot of work. You really love cats!!! That is great. I love cats too, but not as much as you. I could not have 30 cats, I would go nuts. You need a lot of patience for that. Just this morning, Mitsie was meauwing and slimming up to me for his breakfast. Then when he got breakfast, he did not want it. He was running around all over the place. He is spoiled. I know, it is my own fault.hahaha! Imagine having 30 cats, all hungry at the same moment. Oh my. I admire you!!! I could not do that. Take care, have a nice day.
• Mexico
16 Apr 09
mm my kitties are outdoor cats unfortuneately. my parents dont like them to be in. but the good thing is that in y neighbourhood, the dogs are friendly jeje. the kitties even sleep with them side by side:D it's not that bad lol.
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
17 Apr 09
Hi! Welcome to mylot! Happy mylotting! Yes, when you have a nice neighborhood, it is great for cats to be outside. That is so cute when dogs and cats sleep together. Take care, have a nice day.
• China
16 Apr 09
Hi, I don't have a cat, but I have a outdoor dog, he will run out whenever he gets the chance.
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
17 Apr 09
Hi! Welcome to mylot! Happy mylotting! Yes, dogs love to be outside. And a dog has a little more advantage. The cats don't run after him. But on the other hand, I could not let a dog run around outside here either. I live in a city, and there are a lot of weird people walking around. Especially when people are drunk! That would be dangerous for a dog, even more so then for a cat. Dogs tend to like people more, where as a cat can climb into a tree. Take care, have a nice day.
@jziakhan (702)
• Pakistan
16 Apr 09
no, actually I have an outdoor cat since mine always wants to be out and doesn't get into any trouble, well, that's only because it goes so far as the empty plot, which is right in front of our house and no dogs roam around there, neither is there any traffic, so I just let it go with it's friends and stay free all the time, Happy- Mylotting
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
17 Apr 09
Well yes when there are no dangers, that is great! If I had a place like yours, I would let Mitsie go outside too. But here, that would be murder if I let him go outside. Take care, have a nice day.
@Cranius (47)
• United States
16 Apr 09
I have had both indoor and outdoor cats. I have seen that outdoor cats die a lot easier than indoor cats. I have found outdoor cats to have much happier lives.
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
17 Apr 09
Hi, Welcome to mylot! Happy mylotting! Yes it is true, indoor cats live longer. I suppose it has to do with how much room the cat has, to be happy indoors. When they are in a good family it should not be a problem. If they are alone the whole day, then I must agree. They would be happier outside. Take care, have a nice day.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
16 Apr 09
I am so pleased to hear from a fellow cat lover that also keeps her cat indoors! I have two cats; one I bought when he was a kitten and only goes outside on a lead, the other is a stray that I rescued about 4 years ago or so; I didn't know how she would go living indoors but she is fine with it, in fact they do run outside but only if the door has been left open for a while. I wrote an article about cats a while ago and while researching for it I read that an indoor cat's lifespan is around 15 to 20 years compared to only about 5 for an outdoor cat! And yes, I have been known to chase after one of mine in my pyjamas too! I called the fire brigade once because our dog chased my male cat up a tree and he was too scared to come down. The firemen came more for a laugh than anything else I think, and all they did was squirt him with a hose until he climbed down, come to think of it I probably could have done that myself, would have saved a lot of trouble. They arrived with their bright red truck and all the neighbours came out wondering where the fire was; it was embarrassing but I couldn't leave my 'baby' up there, I just couldn't! My husband was home at the time but when he learned that I had called the fire fighters, he disappeared just before they arrived!
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@Margajoe (4720)
• Germany
17 Apr 09
Oh my!!! Your husband was lucky. If it were me I would have climbed up after the cat. And seeing as my back is not good anymore, someone would have needed to call the fire fighters to get us both out of the tree! Isn't that great running out in pajamas's! I never thought that would happen to me here in the city. It is embarrassing. But, it is to dangerous out here for Mitsie. I have also heard it said that indoor cats live longer. I think because they don't face the dangers of outside, cars, dogs,mean people ect. Isn't it funny how all the neighbors are home at the time you have something going on? hahaha! When you need them, no one is around. Bring a fire truck and everyone is there. hahaha! Take care, have a nice day.