Originally Posted by kpickell
Cats are not humans, they can't be taught the importance of looking both ways before letting a murderer give you candy.
!!! Way to mix a metaphor, KP!
My cat de-clawed thanks to her previous owners
so we keep her indoors. I think it would be cruel to let her outside to roam when she has "nothing" to help her defend herself (I've heard that cats can still defend themselves with their back claws, but the front ones are the ones they use/need the most). She does love going out when we have her on her harness and leash but when she's ready, she heads for the door and asks to go inside again. Otherwise, she loves the window open so she can smell the air. That, to her is as close as she wants to be to the great outdoors.
In the area I live in, roaming cats are in danger of being eaten by mountain lions, torn up or killed by raccoons, run over by cars, injured by dogs and poisoned by people that hate cats - never mind the diseases that she might pick up while outside.
To me, "abusing" her by keeping her indoors is a far less cruel option than letting her run free.
Of course, each situation is different as is each cat, but for this
cat in this
situation, it's indoors all the way.