Indoor or Outdoor Cat

United States
August 8, 2008 12:46pm CST
I have a cat and I love him to death but he always stays outdoors. he's barely indoors basically because my mom does not like animals and also i think my cat is scared of my mom. but whenever i do sneak him in he never stays in 4 more than a minute because he likes the outdoors. if you have a cat is your cat an indoor or outdoor cat? is it normal for cat to be outdoors? i think so because they were born to be outside in nature but most people think its weird.
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
8 Aug 08
I do not let my cats go outside they are indoor cats only. I do not want them draggin in fleas and dirt and taking chances of being hit by a car or attacked by a dog. They are safe inside of my house and also nice and clean they love curling up in my bed so they have it made.
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• United States
8 Aug 08
Well, I just adopted my kitten a couple of months ago and she's an indoor cat. I've tried taken her outdoors before and she doesn't like it.
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@deem1977 (242)
• United States
8 Aug 08
All of my cats have always been indoor cats. It is very dangerous for cats to go outdoors. You not only have to worry about cars and other animals, but also about people. Some people think that it is funny or get some kind of pleasure out of hurting animals and cats can be very vulnerable to this. I even heard about a man who was capturing his neighbor's cats when they were outside and was taking them to a shelter claiming they were strays, where they were then euthanized. The neighbors did not realize he was doing that. As a driver, I always worry that a cat or other animal will run out in front of my car and that I will be injured when I swerve to try to avoid it (as I know that I will do). If you can possibly keep your cat indoors, then I would recommend it. I think your cat would get used to it over time.
9 Aug 08
NO NO NO. Do not recommend it.Im sorry but if people are so paranoid about cats getting hit by cars GET A DOG or don't get any pets. Pets are suppose to be your companions NOT your prisoners. Cats arent stupid.They learn what cars are and they have built in knowledge about bigger scarier animals.Much like we do. I live in a small country town so i guess its not so dangerous as it could be in a city.But its not like people don't have animals in cities.If anything they have less predators like badgers or maybe fox's,they know not to stay in the road but i guess accidents do happen. Do you think every human should stay inside because people get hit by cars?? Or they get mugged or beaten up? No. My advice would be to get a cat harness and walk it round your street or..block or whatever,so it gets use to it surroundings before you let it out. Please stop promoting keeping your cats indoors.Its not healthy.
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• United States
9 Aug 08
i totally agree with daginar. cats are meant to be outdoors not indoors. their natural habitat is outside with nature. you guys act as if cats are dumb. cats are intelligent and my cat stays out of the streets. so im going to let him stay outside
@jsmith12 (438)
• Canada
10 Aug 08
Cats were domesticated. Domesticated =/= wild. Cats are NOT meant to be allowed outdoors unattended because of the health and safety risks to them. Shot, eaten, run over, poisoned, chased, attacked, getting into a fight, rabies, ticks, disease, parasites... The list gose on and on of dangers as to why cats shouldn't be outdoors. Not to mention is it NOT NATURAL to have cats in the environment.
• United States
9 Aug 08
I hate cats they scare me. If i were you i would get rid of the cats and invest into a dog. Cats are a waste of time and money and they are lazy and arent any fun. sorry for being rude
10 Aug 08
I'm glad you do realise that you are being rude. Why would you leave such an unhelpful comment ?
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
8 Aug 08
We have in door and out door cat. the indoor can not go outside and the pout door can not get inside. That is our policy in the house.. No outside cat can get in and the inside can;t get out. They are both cute... and wants to play with us. They have the same food but the outside cat usually hunts small animals for food. He is very strong. He eats his prey as soon as he catch it.
• United States
9 Aug 08
my cat hunts small animals but he usually doesnt eat them. he always play with his food. i guess its normal
@Daginar (11)
8 Aug 08
Ive had cats since..well forever.And they've all differed in indoor and outdoor cats. Ive mostly found that they like to be indoors in the day and out at night,as they're nocturnal hunters,but I've had cats that stay in at night too. I think it all depends on what you do with them when they're young.If you put them out alot they don't have alot of choice but to like it i guess.Try to fuss him a lot when he comes in and maybe make like a little nest or bed for him in your bedroom.My cat likes it on top pf my wardrobe so no one can really mess with her. It's totally not weird though,and it wont take long to fix. Also, try Catnip or toys or treats or something.Try to feed him every time he comes in too.That way he'll know when he comes in he gets rewarded :) Hope this helps!
• United States
9 Aug 08
thanx for the advice...might cat especially likes to go out at night
• United States
10 Aug 08
cats were not "born to be outside." they're domesticated animals that started off as temple cats in ancient Egypt. their origin goes back to wildcats who were kept shut inside temples dedicated to Bast. Bast only became a goddess associated with domesticated cats AFTER the domestic cat came into being in Her temples, before that she was associated with wildcats like the serval, caracal, and such.
@DOBryan (33)
• United States
9 Aug 08
I have three cats. all are indoor but everyone once in a while they will try to get outside. I think its normal for cats to want to be outside. but mine are inside and they like it that way.
@o2bnocn (2895)
• United States
9 Aug 08
My cat stays inside all of the time. I don't let him go outside because I don't want him wandering off. I don't know what he would do if I let him go outside. It is kind of funny whenever we have a door open he will sniff and go outside for a second and then come right back in or if I go outside he runs inside. So my cat is an indoor cat. I also don't want him getting any fleas or anything like that.
@irishidid (8720)
• United States
9 Aug 08
Being outside is fine if you are in a safe area where the risk of getting hit is at a minimum.
@know21 (1251)
• United States
9 Aug 08
When I first got my cat I lived in a house where the cat could outside when he wanted to. Then I moved into a trailer court. Now the cat has to stay inside because of the neighbors. There's a neighbor that thinks my cat is going to hurt there cat. I find my cat sitting on the window sill looking out all the time; I know he wants to go out.
@jsmith12 (438)
• Canada
9 Aug 08
Ours is indoors. After the problems with our last in/out cat, we've kept him always in. In fact our last cat ended up always inside after a situation as well. I don't think i'll ever have an outdoor cat again, unless the kitty's on a leash. Just not worth the risk.
@lixiaos77 (1030)
• Shijiazhuang, China
9 Aug 08
I would like it is indoor becasue it is safe and warm indoor. It my cat is out I will worry about if it annoy the neighbours. But I don't like it rest on beddings and I don't like it scramble clothes. Cat is rather cute when it go up the windows to catch fly.
@kaleegirl45 (1515)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Hi lan, We have 6 cats, and 4 are always inside. the other 2 stay outside, they are not really ours, but the mother cat, brought them over so that I could feed them. since the mother cat got preganat again, I had to take to the pound. I felt so bad but I couldn't have anymore cats. So we kept the her other 2 cats. I love my cats, right now I have two that are asleep on the floor. Jr loves to sleep inside his box. so to answer you question, i have both inside and outside cats.
• United States
8 Aug 08
My cat was always an indoor cat before we bought our new house. Our other house had a river across from it, and I was afraid he would chase the ducks that lived there. Anyhoo.... he now goes outside, but he always comes in before bedtime. He's such a sissy!
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
8 Aug 08
I have a cat who is 14 yrs old now, have had her since she was 6 weeks old, she was spayed as a kitten also as soon as she became of age for that. She is an indoor/outdoor cat. She loves both but stays mostly indoors. Some nights she will wake me up wanting outside and in the morning she will be sound asleep on the patio in the chaise lounge. She has never liked the litter box and has prefered to go outside to potty. She was born to a mother that was also the same as her, loved both indoor and outdoors. My avatar is the picture of my cat.
@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
8 Aug 08
All of my cats are indoors. However, half of them were outdoor cats. They have adjusted very well and love the comforts. They can go out on the screened in front porch and hang out as they wish too. The reason all of my cats are inside is that there are still so many people that hate cats they will go out of their way to harm them. Simon and Sylvester, the first two cats we had, were indoor/outdoor cats. One day Sylvester came in acting funny, he quit breathing on me several times. He had to be put down. Simon never came back home. I have no doubt one of the neighbor poisoned them. I have seen people purposely drive off the road to run over a cat. My husbands family is still of the belief that they carry deadly diseases and are terrified of them. Hey, double blessing. I love cats and they keep the in laws away, lol. But seriously, my husbands step mother and his aunts will not come into my home. The other reason my cats are inside is because everyone else's pets run through my yard. I don't want mine killed or hurt or around sick animals.
@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
8 Aug 08
I have two outdoor cats. BUT i live on a farm. When i lived in the city i had an indoor cat and he never went outside. I was worried he'd get hit by a car or something. When we moved to the farm he was so used to being inside that if he was put out hed go and hide under the deck until someone brought him in. I think cats like its better outdoors but you need to have somewhere for them to go in bad weather like a doghouse or a barn.