Is it cruel to have a house cat?

3 09 2011

Some would argue that having a house cat is cruel as it is in the cats nature to go outside, while others will disagree and argue that letting your cat outside is being irresponsible and uncaring. This argument has been going on for some time and

Indoor cat vs outdoor cat

Is it cruel to have a house cat?

below I will tell you what I think.

From my experience, all cats are different and while some are alright with being inside all day others will complain about it. A general rule of thumb that I would follow is, if you cat hasn’t been outside yet it doesn’t know what it is missing and as long as it has a place to sleep safely, many toys and a scratching post it will be fine indoors. Although if the cat that you are planning to get has lived a previous life outdoors I wouldn’t be surprised if it missed its old life and I would recommend that you let it roam freely outside, if it wishes too. If you still haven’t gotten a cat and are debating over if you should let it leave the house I would recommend that you ask where the staff at the place where you are planning to get your cat if it was previously a outdoor cat or not. If you would like to keep your cat indoors be sure not to get a previously outdoor cat.

Indoor Cat vs Outdoor Cat

Cons of an indoor cat:

Doesn’t get to experience the great outdoors.

Cons of an outdoor cat:

Might bring unwanted “presents” to your house
It’s much more dangerous for the cat, especially if you live in a crowded area or near a highway
Might get pregnant if not spayed

The choice is yours, if you want more information about cats I would recommend you take a look at this eBook.

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13 10 2013
Sam

I live in the suburbs of Chicago. Bitter cold weather, traffic and equally important, coyote. If you want your cat to live beyond a day, a week, etc., you keep it inside. There are no, and I mean zero, outdoor cats on the North Shore where I live. The coyote take care of any and all of them. I moved into a home that was a cattery 10 years ago. She had 12 cats and when she moved, she did not take them all with her. Needless to say, after about a week, we, and the neighbors, never saw them out and about again. I would have put them in a shelter if I had known she had a cattery and kept many outside. I run marathons in the area, bike 30 miles a day, and never see a cat outside, anywhere. People missing their beloved cats put signs up hoping to find them, good luck to you. I hope your loved one is ok.

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