This is a simple question. Nothing clever. There are no underhand intentions here. I just want to know why, in a land of space and relatively low house prices for an industrialized country, there are very, very few cat gardens when something approaching half the population keep a cat or cats.
By “cat garden” I mean a cat enclosure. As I said, this is just a question but I’d bet I get very few responses. The reason why I am back onto this well discussed subject is because Sir Patrick Moore had a cat garden. He was smart, kind and he loved cats – a lot. He has a chapter about his cat garden in his book “Miaow!”. The enclosure was built by him for his two cats Jeannie and Ptolemy.
There are very few cat enclosures in Britain too. There is less space in Britain and smaller gardens or no gardens but there is still the possibility to build a cat enclosure.
If Sir Patrick recommended them I happy take his advice. Not that I have to because I have promoted this topic for years on PoC. I live in an apartment so I can’t build an enclosure. I have a garden but it is a communal garden. I have no right to build an enclosure on it.
I know that in suburban America a lot of homes are detached and a lot of gardens are fairly large. A good sized cat enclosure is a distinct possibility and very workable. But….almost none exist. Why do Americans prefer to keep their cats inside rather than give them some safe space outside?
There are many dangers facing the domestic cat outside. In the UK the dangers include; traffic, dogs, poisons and infectious diseases. Giving cats a large enclosed garden eliminates these dangers. A cat can get some sunlight and some weather on their backs and smell the big outdoors, be stimulated and all in safely. A good enclosure will cure a lot of what I call “grey illnesses” caused by boredom and stress. These are uncategorized or undiagnosed illnesses. What is the big objection to them by Americans when there is oodles of space.
Domestic cats have a natural urge to wander over a space much larger than a home. But if allowed to wander they face health risks because they have lost the skills to survive and in any case it is dangerous out there. Most dangers for cats are human created.
If I had a chance I would jump at the opportunity to build a cat garden. They are relatively cheap and provide peace of mind for the cat owner and safety and stimulation for the cat.
What is the barrier to building one in America? Answers on a postcard…or a comment.