Originally Posted by TheDivineMissE
The cat NEEDS outside time. He needs it like he needs oxygen. I've never had a cat that needed it like that. I've never let my cats outside. This cat I do. I take full responsibility for my decision. I will not forgive myself if something happens to him. But I can not change his nature. He was a street cat before he came to live with me. I can only hope for the best.
Originally Posted by RedOakMomma
We've adopted all our cats as kittens (two of them were stray kittens), and we make a point of never letting them out. It was a struggle with one of our stray kittens--he still makes an attempt to dash out of the door a few times a year. His first year we experienced a few escape attempts, but were able to chase him down pretty quickly. They don't show any sustained urge to be outdoor cats, though, and they seem to thrive as outdoor cats.
My (personal) reasons for not allowing outdoor time (EVER):
1. Safety. Friends of mine lost their very dear pet to an automobile, and it was so sad. I'd never forgive myself.
2. Environmental reasons. My MS is in ecology, and I've read studies on the impact of housecats/feral cats on wild bird and threatened animal populations. It's appalling, and it's so needless.
3. Cost reasons. I don't want to worry about vaccines, heartworm, worms, poisons, etc. My cats stay healthy when they're indoors.
4. My cats are gloriously happy. Indoors.
Originally Posted by Glamgurl36
i want to buy a cat for my husband. he wants a siamese cat, i was thinking for christmas...does anyone know if they make good indoor cats?