Cats outdoors? Maybe..maybe not

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Cats outdoors? Maybe..maybe not

Post by CI » Wed, 27 Dec 1995 04:00:00



I treat my cats like kids. I wouldn't let a kid - if I had one -
outside without supervision in an area where there is heavy traffic.
Ditto my cats. I wouldn't let a kid outside to pick up ticks and fleas
without some kind of "repellant," say, a kid flea collar. Ditto my
cats. I wouldn't leave my kid outside while I went off somewhere for
hours. I'd want to be available to let my kid in if some "frightening
outside thing" chased the kid. Ditto my cats. And, I, personally,
wouldn't leave my kid outside all night. Too many wierdos, too many
raccoons, too many drunks in fast cars. Ditto my cats. However, if,
with appropriate supervision based on the surroundings, my kid wanted
to be outside, okay. Ditto my cats. Phyllis
 
 
 

Cats outdoors? Maybe..maybe not

Post by Brian Zeile » Thu, 28 Dec 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>I treat my cats like kids. I wouldn't let a kid - if I had one -
>outside without supervision in an area where there is heavy traffic.
>Ditto my cats. I wouldn't let a kid outside to pick up ticks and fleas
>without some kind of "repellant," say, a kid flea collar. Ditto my
>cats. I wouldn't leave my kid outside while I went off somewhere for
>hours. I'd want to be available to let my kid in if some "frightening
>outside thing" chased the kid. Ditto my cats. And, I, personally,
>wouldn't leave my kid outside all night. Too many wierdos, too many
>raccoons, too many drunks in fast cars. Ditto my cats. However, if,
>with appropriate supervision based on the surroundings, my kid wanted
>to be outside, okay. Ditto my cats. Phyllis

Very well said.  I live off campus in a quiet neighborhood, but two busy
streets are within a couple blocks.  It never fails to shock me how many
people let their cats run around.  I've seen cats barely squeak past
oncoming traffic like the old game "Frogger", and there are certainly
plenty of lost cat posters around at any given time.  I've heard a few
cat fights in the middle of the night, too.  And in the early fall an
emaciated cat was in front of my building, purring and letting me pet
him, looking at me with half-closed eyes as if to beg for a place to stay
with some food.  I thought he had a parasite or something since there's
no shortage of dumpsters around here.  This is probably one of the most
depressing areas to live in for cat lovers.  Campuses are notorious for
cat neglect, but it's pretty bad around here.

Personally, I could never let my cat outside, even if I lived in a
suburb.  There's plenty of mean kids, mean dogs, and mean other cats
around to worry about even when you're away from busy traffic.  If you
raise a kitten as an inside cat from the start, he'll never even think
twice about going outside.  My cat's now almost 3 years old, and he never
even asks to go out on the balcony with me (of course other people in the
building let their cats hang out on the balcony six stories above
concrete).  I suppose cat owners come in all types, just like parents.

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Brian Zeiler