yeah it does depend on where you live too. but also, as i've mentioned before on the boards, i saw a cat get killed by a neighbour's dog that broke through it's fence, these 2 dogs are normally very calm and friendly, it was just a fluke 'wrong place at the wrong time' sort of incident. but things like this make me really not want to let my cat out unattended. especially knowing the owners of that cat might still be waiting for their pet to come home unaware of what happened. i just couldn't go through that.
stuff happens. i tend to see pets as family members, like children, and i wouldn't let a child run off outside unattended either, especially if i wasn't sure how the the child would react to his/her surroundings, if they'd be able to find their way home etc or if they couldn't defend themselves against potential dangers in the neighbourhood.
i think if i lived in a more secluded area with lots of property i might consider it but even then i'd be worried about wildlife so i don't know. i've just heard and seen too many horror stories to risk it. i'd rather think my cat might be annoyed at not being allowed out than have something bad happen to him
plus if they're allowed to roam they have more chance of picking up fleas, mites, ticks, and a boatload of illnesses. nah i'm fine having mine stare longingly out the window instead
I'm singin' here to get rid of fear
Hope it disappears right here with the rain
But I know life is pain, not like a fairytale
Meaningless to pray, so just goin' on my way