I’m in the United States. I live in a fairly populated suburb outside of Cincinnati. There aren’t very many outdoor cats in the area. Personally, I would never let one of my cats outdoors. More out of fear that another human would do harm to them. With the horrible stories here lately it’s certainly scarey. In just the past couple of months there has been national news about two cats. Actually I believe they have received international attention. One in Philadelphia was doused in gasoline and set on fire 😦 Justin. Justin is an adorable kitten. I’m sure many have heard about. Justin (there are some graphic pictures at this article so if you have a bad stomach you may not want to go here)
I can’t begin to explain how grateful I am that a passerby took the time to help this poor kitty.
Now Justin is doing GREAT. He is in his new forever home, healing and just adorable! Justin Now 🙂
(added after article was published) We found Justin’s Facebook page! Great updates!!
And then we have Lucky. He was a kitten that was rescued from someone that poured acid all over his little body. Lucky has his own facebook page so updates are posted frequently by his new owners, and ‘luckily’ he’s healing pretty good for the most part 🙂 Lucky’s Facebook
We really don’t like to talk much about the negative stuff. But when talking about letting a cat roam outdoors here in the USA, well, it almost certainly leads to a much shorter lifespan for your furbaby and if you are like me your own nerves would be shot wondering if they were ok the whole time. This is not to say that all humans are bad and that humans are the ‘only’ reason I don’t let my cats outside. Because they certainly aren’t. But the way I live is better to be careful than sorry in the end.
My babies have plenty of windows and doors to look outside. I even leave one of the windows open as much as possible for them to sit on to be able to look out at the massive trees that are right outside my apartment! They sit there for hours and watch the birds and squirrels and the bees and flies flying around. Would I ever be interested in an outdoor enclosure? I guess if I owned the house and could have the lawn flee sprayed and tick sprayed then I would do something like that. Till then, they stay indoors where it’s safe, and they can be entertained at the windows 🙂
- Indoor Cat or Outdoor Cat? (yourcatwaterfountain.org)