If they're unsupervised, yes.Originally Posted by hoodedclawjen
should we keep our children locked inside perminantly, too- for their own safety?
If they are adults that need special care, then yes, again, unless they're supervised.what about adults, or those who perhaps might not have the intellect, strength or stature to avoid a potential assault or defend themselves against a potential attacker?
Exactly. We've had the outside/inside debate before and I had to conclude that if the conditions are safe enough then cats should be allowed out (with siutable vaccinations etc) but if it's not safe then they should be kept in (with suitable entertainment).Originally Posted by thebelovedtree
My cats are all strictly indoor, because I live in america and it isn't safe for them to be outdoors, but my understanding is that in england and other countries it is actually much safer to allow your cats out doors than it is here. FIV, busy roads, wild predators, cruel neighbors, etc. just aren't very common.
If I could let my cats outdoors and maintain a reasonable expectation that they wouldn't contract disease, be hit by a car, eaten by a cyote, and maintain a nice healthy lifespan I probably would.
So I agree that in most cases in North America cats need to be kept indoors I don't think there would be anything wrong with making our countries a little more outdoor cat friendly either.
Can't answer that without location. Basic answer?.Originally Posted by WonderRandy
which is better, a long life confined inside four walls?
or a shorter, riskier, more adventurous life free to roam and hunt and scrap with other cats?
It seems self evident to me... YMMV...