Indoor or Outdoor
The age-old question: do you keep your cats indoors (safe from the outside world) or do you set them free as they are basically meant to be? This topic has haunted me for as long as I can remember.
I hate keeping cats indoors because itÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s so obvious how much they need the outdoors. I watch my cats chasing toys around the house like they are actual animals. You can tell many are natural hunters and would thrive out in the wild.
That being said you are endangering your furkids by letting them loose outside of your home. First off they can get ticks and all kinds of other things. Other animals or even humans can also injure them. The most common IÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢d say is getting hit by a car, it happens all too often.
IÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ve lost 2 of my furkids to being hit by cars and my little baby Keyser I had to find on the side of the road. The thought of something like that happening to Aurora or Pilot just terrifies me beyond belief.
I was okay with keeping them indoors at our current apartment because it just wasnÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢t realistic otherwise. We are on the second floor and we are on main street, I wasnÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢t going to put them in danger like that and I really try hard to bring them as much excitement everyday as I can.
Now that we are moving to a house in a very rural area the topic is lingering in my head again. ItÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s not just the fact IÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢m considering letting them out at all but the concept they may sneak out all on their own. Mind you Aurora used to hang (yes hang) from the door begging to get out when she was a baby. I know my furkids and it becomes like Mission Impossible.
So IÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ve decided IÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢m just going to roll with the punches and see what happens. I may get a harness like someone suggested or something. I know I certainly wonÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢t just :willynilly: let my indoor furkids of 3 years just go outside.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â What are your thoughts?