Is Your Cat An Indoor,Outdoor or both?

@Cherryd41 (1121)
United States
August 21, 2009 6:05pm CST
I have a 3 year old DSH indoor cat his name is JINX named after the Hanna/ Barbara cartoon character JINX the cat who hates meeses to pieces. Pixi and Dixie was one of my favorite cartoon characters growing up. Keeping him indoors cuts down on the diseases and germs not to mention ticks and fleas he may pick up when roaming around the neighborhood also having an indoor cat greatly reduces the risk of them being run over by cars or being injured by other cats or dogs. He likes to lay on our bed and on the furniture as cats do and I know that if he were an outdoor cat I wouldn't really like him being on the bed and anyone who has a cat knows you can't keep them off of areas they want to lounge on.
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@ElicBxn (61192)
• United States
22 Aug 09
I have a LOT of cats and they are indoors - now, we do have a screened porch they can go out on, but they can't GET outside from it so we do have fleas, but at lest they aren't out running about in the street
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@rebelann (78056)
• El Paso, Texas
23 Oct 19
I hate fleas but like you said, at least they're indoors where they are safe. Have you tried vinegar? Fleas usually don't like that stuff and it's fairly safe for the kitties.
@Poison_Girl (4162)
• United States
22 Aug 09
My cats are generally indoor cats. I used to let them out when it was warm, but I've decided to stop doing that. They just get too dirty, bring in too much dirt, and not to mention the fleas! One still asks to go outside every once in a while, but they both seem to be alright with staying inside. And I'm glad! And how true is it that you can't keep them off of wherever they want to go??
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@trisha27 (3495)
• United States
21 Aug 09
Both of my cats are indoors. I would have to agree that indoor cats are more or less likely to catch diseases and get ahold of unwanted parasites. I would also think that indoor cats would live longer. I love them being indoors and plus I don't have a fenced in yard, I live in an apartment so letting them out would increase the chances of me losing them, or them being injured or killed.
@MistyWood (349)
22 Aug 09
I have recently rehomed 2 11mth old kittens / cats... Their previous owners had them as indoor cats, but they hadn't had any vaccinations, neither had they been neutered... All of this was done very swiftly once they were adopted! But... I live in a very rural area, the only street near me has maybe 30 cars a day, and those belong to the people that live here... So the cats are going outside... further each day and with more confidence! My cats are rapidly becoming good tree climbers and are having great fun in the garden, they are so much more alert when they can run around outside and they really do have fun :o) Keeping them inside is no guarentee of no fleas, ours picked them up when they were inside the house, they can live in carpets, clothing etc... or could even jump from another animal at the vets. Misty
22 Aug 09
I should add that I am in the UK, where cats are one of the main predators in the area!
@Quiplet (255)
• United States
26 Aug 09
We have two indoor cats. One is electronically ID tagged. I'm not sure if we should ID the other one because we understand there are risks associated with tags.
@bestboy19 (5480)
• United States
24 Aug 09
When we got our cats, we wanted them to be indoor cats, but they weren't having any of it; so they are indoor outdoor cats.
@mcat19 (1357)
• United States
22 Aug 09
All our 4 cats are inside only. They don't even want to get out. As was said, it's much safer for them inside. We have foxes, raccoons, snakes, hawks and who knows what else? I wouldn't sleep if they weren't sleeping with me.
@jwfarrimond (4474)
22 Aug 09
All of our cats have always had free access to the outdoors. I have a large garden for them to go in, though they quite often go beyond it - fences are no barrier to a cat. They don't often get round to the front of the house, but the street there is pretty quiet so there's not a lot of chance of them getting run over. There's not many hazards for them out there and in the 60 - odd years that there have been cats living here, there have been only two or three cases of cats coming home injured and these were all males who had been fighting with other cats, and one recently got herself covered in motor oil. There have been at least two cats who lived to be 18 years old. Both of them we had from kittens. Being in Britain, there are no predators apart from foxes and dogs that are likely to attack a cat. One of our old cats was attacked by a dog while she was sunning herself in the back garden. It just jumped over the fence and went for her. It jumped back over the fence a good deal faster after the old cat slashed it across the nose!
@letsee77 (227)
• United States
22 Aug 09
I have two cats and they are both indoor cats. There's too much that can happen to an outdoor cat and I don't want anything to like that for them. I think is so funny as my second cat is named Jinx, but for different reasons. He was named more that towards my boyfriend and the sitiuation that I ended up taking the cat in and he really didn't want it. Lol. There are some cats out side that I feed because people who moved just dumped them outside and left them like they were worthless. I'm taking care of them as best I can and hoping to find a home for them. I might take one of the kittens as a third cat, but he'll be an indoor cat too. :D