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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What to do once you have got your cat

3 09 2011

So you have finally brought home your first cat, although have no idea what to do now? Many new owners are put into this position. Firstly I would recommend you put several boxes around your house this gives the cat a place to hide and feel safe in. All cats are different and depending on their age and personality can react differently to their new environment, while older cats might be afraid and hide younger ones might be excited and playful. I would recommend when you first release your cat from its cage/box you leave it alone in a small room, this could be a washroom or a bedroom. Let the cat think about the situation, remember to leave food and their litter box in the area. later you can open the door and let them explore their new house if they are still afraid give them time, it can take a week or more for some cats to build up the courage of letting you pet them, while others will give you permission on the first day. Remember not rush your new cat into anything and don’t start bothering them wait for them to bother you!

Once your cat feels more familiar with its new territory you should start litter training it. I would recommend you check out my “tutorial” here.

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