Personal Opinion: Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats

Personal Opinion: Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats

Being around cats for 16 years has given me insight on their behavior. When people say that cats have to be outside for several reasons it gets me all worked up because not only it is dangerous for the cats it also threatens the bird populations.

House cats are more likely to kill birds and other small wildlife on instinct rather than eat them, or bring them to their owners as a “gift” of gratitude. This is a behavior (giving a gift of gratitude) where they are trying show their appreciation for you. Since spring is breeding season for birds and other wildlife, even a well-fed cat can prey on parents and their young. According to the Portland Audubon Society, cats account for nearly 40% of the injured or orphaned wildlife bought into their care center each year. Putting a bell on a cat’s collar will not warn birds. My own cats have jumped on the counters and I have not been able to hear them.  

Cats could also be killed or injured if left to roam free. They could be hit by cars or poisoned. In our neighborhoods there is an increase in the coyote population and they will prey on cats.

There are alternatives to enrich your cats lives indoors, for example, high activity play for half an hour after school or work. When the family is not home, entertainment is really important. Families can create a space to give to their cats. Here are some suggestions to give to families, Cat TV, lots of window perches, and cat trees. People have gone as far to build their cats catios. In fact there is a catio tour in portland. Link-

More information is available in these books

  • Think like a cat, By Pam Johnson-Bennett
  • Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!), by Jackson Galaxy
  • Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home,by Jackson Galaxy
  • Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life with Your Cat, by Jackson Galaxy

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