Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Indoor and Outdoor Cats

We had a long discussion yesterday in the pub on whether cats should be inside or outside creatures.

I know Scoop and Au would be miserable if I locked them up in the house, but I can see why people (especially those living on busy roads) worry. So I'm sitting on the fence on this one (one reason why the human bottom is shaped the way it is!)

I let Scoop and Au decide whether they should be indoor or outdoor kitties. The sliding door is always open, so they can go in and out as they please. And being cats, they enjoy the best of both worlds.

Our fuzzies spend most of the day at home, lolling around in bed and on the sofa. They're out late at night, but I think they spend most of their time in our own garden because when I nip downstairs for a drink of water, there's a small fuzzy asking me what I'm doing up the second I reach the kitchen.

In and out, they seem to be having a ball. And that's what a cat's life should be.


Just Sharlene and the Spice Cats said...

I do not let my cats go outdoor becuase of some very bad experience I have. Shadow went outdoor and never came back. We suspect he got snatched. Apparently it is quite common around my neighbourhood for both pretty dogs and cats. Sigh.

Does Au and Scoop get fleas from going outside? I brought Ginger out once, on a leash, and before you know it, she is full of fleas! Thank God there is Frontline.

Ellen Whyte said...

Scoop and Au caught fleas for the first time ever a week or so ago (see so it was Frontline to the rescue!

We live in a dead-end street (always do because of the cats) so we have little traffic. The neighbours all know Scoop and Au, and most of them like them. Plus factor: Scoop catches rats which has everyone happy.

Anonymous said...

My cats stay indoor because we live onthe 10th floor! But they like the balcony :-)

Anonymous said...

Our lively Orion, got very depressed staying up in the condo, for a length of time. We brought him down for his romps and picked him up when the boys got home from school. It worked out pretty well until one day, he was "catnapped"!

Needless to say, we all got very upset. Guess, it is not very practical to have cats companion when staying in apartments/condos. We do miss Orion so much.

Ellen Whyte said...

Cats and condos... I wonder how many go out for a walk and get lost (disoriented) because their home is in the sky rather than on the ground? Scoop doesn't have a good sense of direction so he stays close to home. Au is better but he tends to stick close too - too worried about invadors I think!

Anonymous said...

haha.. if i were there with u guys discussing this, that wud b pretty interesting. I had debated this issue countless of times but if u ask me, i wud prefer them to b indoors for health & safety reasons. Keeping cats indoor does not make them go bored or less active provided ample of activities r given to them. lots of toys, cat trees & quiet places for them to rest is a must for keeping cats indoor. To understand cats a lil better, visit my blog n u may shed some answers from there. ;-p