He decided on something a little bigger today.
hello! did you know that letting your cats outside unsupervised is highly detrimental to their health and to the local ecosystem? cats have been domesticate for over 5000 years. we did well by removing them from their ancestors, which is mainly the african wildcat. therefore, they’ve lost their place in the wild, and they’ve become an invasive species in turn.
invasive species are animals that disrupt a certain ecosystem by either overgrazing, overhunting, or by any other way, really. take foxes in australia for instance. or mink in norway. in a way, humans are also an invasive species in certain areas, but yea, so are cats. i don’t know about whether cats in the middle east have a certain negative impact tho, since that’s where they have been domesticated at first. but in places like america, they certainly are. here allow me to provide you with a couple of sources that explain you how certain prey species have been driven to extinction by cats, and how many more are even afraid of breeding because of them!
now that we’ve got that covered, how about talk about the safety of your cat? the world is a cruel place. wild animals know how to avoid unncecessary danger, especially danger by humans. since cats are domestic, they do not know of such danger. for instance, in america there are a bunch of predatory species that might look for an outdoor cat as an easy meal! for instance, bobcats, birds of prey, coyotes, you name it! other than that, cats might also go after rats and other rodents that have been poisoned. or they can be run over by a car (a cat does not know the difference betwen a road and a sidewalk)! other than that, there are also lots of cruel humans out there. like, in the netherlands alone, 8000 - 13000 cats have been shot by fucking assholes every year! (google translate the page if you want to read it) here have a couple of other sources telling you why you shouldn’t let your cat unsupervised:
your cat depends on you for food, shelter and safety in general. you wouldn’t let a dog go out unsupervised, so why let your cat go out like that? and trust me, outside dogs and cats are not really that different from each other. it is a myth that dogs will get lost or that they will do more terrible than a cat in general. i’ve met a pet dog that was allowed to go out as he pleased, and honestly there isn’t a difference. so, if dogs aren’t allowed to go out unsupervised, then why are cats? here are six reasons you might let your cat out, and why not to (general indoor cats myths, such as they ~might get depressed~).
i hope you’ll consider carefully what i’ve just told you. it is indeed not easy to abandon old beliefs- hell, i once also believed that cats would be provided with much more enrichment outside than inside! however, there’s too much at stake (conservation efforts, animal welfare, your cat’s safety). and besides, who says a cat cannot be enriched inside? however, here is a page about how to turn an outdoor cat into an indoor cat.
with that said, your cat still could enjoy the outdoors, but then safely and without a negative impact on the local wildlife! train your cat to walk on a leash (cats on leashes look supercute imo!), or if you have the manpower and resources for it, you can also build an enclosure or a ”catio” for your buddy!
other than that, this is a very helpful page about cat care. you’ll find many sources from how to keep your cat enriched in many different ways to how to keep your cat from getting overweight.
hope this helps!
What about barn cats? I honestly think that keeping a cat indoors is cruel. The world is dangerous and animals do die. I have an outdoor cat and he is much happier outside than inside. I would never have an indoor cat. I highly dislike the idea of keeping an animal inside its whole life because it might get hurt. You could just put flea/tick repellent on your cat. We have medication to repel parasites and veterinarians that can offer treatment IF you cat happens to get injured/sick. My outdoor cat is perfectly healthy and I know of many outdoor and barn cat’s that are very healthy and happy. I know cats that live outside 24/7 and have not had any type of injury. The world is full of dangers and you can’t change that. Animals die, they attack each other.
As for harming the eco-system, you can put a bell on your cat’s collar(unless his job is catching rodents) which would be much cheaper and easier than building fences and leash training your cat.
I really don’t see any reason to lock a cat inside. I know we’ve domesticated cats, but I don’t think that means they enjoy living inside.