Damon, An Indoor Cat

What can be done with a boy named Damon?

What can you do when:

  • every curtain rod is bent from “walking tightrope”
  • window blinds have crashed to the floor
  • racing room to room clears every surface
  • anything hanging down is for peeing on, including clothing tossed over a chair
  • kitchen rugs are “slip and slides”
  • pocketbooks are for hide and seek and treasure hunts
  • cabinets are for exploring
  • potted plants are for digging

My Damon is, probably, a perfect example if a completely indoor cat.

Regardless of the many stimulants he has and that I, probably, carry him around with me a total of 3 hours a day just to give him one-on-one attention, it isn’t enough.

Cats need to have outdoor time. But, it’s just too scary here sometimes.

It breaks my heart.

Dee


Thanks Dee for this poignant little post. It is complicated. Naturally cats should be outside but outside can be too dangerous. The eternal dilemma. What has happened is that the world has become more dangerous outside for the domestic cat and will become more dangerous in the future because man made hazards are increasing. So, people are undermining the initial success of the domestication of the cat. That is what I think.

Of course it depends on where people live. Many places are still relatively safe outside for the domestic cat.

 

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Damon, An Indoor Cat — 12 Comments

  1. Oh Dee this is so sad, poor Damon and poor you knowing that having his freedom at times would result in a fulfilled life and he would be much more content indoors.
    At least you acknowledge the problem and know there is no solution in the world as it is today.
    A lot of people who have to keep their cats indoors are in denial that it’s not the best way for them to live their lives. A cats deepest instinct is to go out and enjoy his freedom, nibble and roll in the grass, feel the sun on his back, breathe fresh air.
    They are lucky their cats accept it, as most cats do, just like they accept being declawed, because they have no choice.
    But it doesn’t make it right!
    Damon obviously has a lot of spirit in him, it’s sad for him but it’s also sad for cats who just give in and accept they can’t go out.
    My heart breaks for Damon and for those broken spirited cats too.

  2. Sounds like there’s never a dull moment in your house Dee and it must be such a worry for you knowing that being an indoor cat isn’t the best life for Damon, but you obviously care for him such a lot and realise his problem and don’t blame him or punish him for it. There doesn’t seem to be a solution unless there is any way you can get him an outdoor run. We are so lucky that we live in a relatively safe area and the boys can go out as much as they want (within reason!)

  3. I have this vision of your home, of cats hanging on the curtains and ceiling. Swinging from the rafters. This could be a call for another Ruth poster, yep.

    How old is Damon? How did he come to live with you? Can you describe what he looks like (still waiting for your camera!). Is he a young cat? Did he live outside when you brought him in? It is interesting, and I’m curious. Marvin, who is probably twelve or so, lived outside his whole life. Never stepped foot in a house. And as you told me, he will probably never be able to live full time inside, but he is enjoying the privilege of snoozing on the couch whenever he wants. He prefers I leave the door opened, with a wedge in it. That wedge has become his friend. If it is in the door, he can relax indoors for hours. Now that it is getting close to summer, the FFA farm across the street (Future Farmers if America) attracts zillions of flies to the cows, pigs, sheep and goats the high school kids are raising for the fair. I think I’d better get a screen door for Marvin.

    Tell us more about this lovable little demon you call Damon.

  4. Damon was the subject of my poem, “Damon’s Song”. I took him out of the woods a year and a half ago when he was very tiny, around 6-7 weeks by my estimate. He was alone, no siblings or mama in sight. He wasn’t anywhere near the colony I was headed to, so I brought him home.
    He’s completely black except for just a tiny patch of white under his chin.
    I intended to put him up for adoption along with 2 other kittens that had “appeared” on my deck, but that didn’t come to pass. A partial reason is that he, mistakenly, got his ear tipped when he was in the process of being neutered. I was having a lot of ferals being done at the time, and the clinic “forgot” to exclude him. It was OK with me, because I didn’t want to let him go anyway. Because he was such a tiny and scared guy, I carried him around with me nearly all the time for months and still carry him around for increments that total around 3 hours per day. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not all about our bonding time. Some of it has to do with the fact that I want to know where he is and what he’s doing when I have to turn my back. It’s never a burden, because, he’s a clutcher making him almost weightless. I put him to bed with me most nights, because I hate the sound of crashes in the night.
    He’s just a busy, busy boy.

    • Soon for the camera, I hope.
      In any case, I guess my whole point is that Damon has a lot of energy that I wish he could expend outside for both our sakes.

      • Never mind Michael. I found it, and I remember it well. That was a great bunch of poems on that post. Lucky Damon. My, you are a poet Dee!

        • Sorry that I did not publish it first time. I just thought that Dee’s short little post carried some weight. It is insightful and it made me question whether at the end of the day an indoor environment can ever be totally fulfilling for a domestic cat.

    • He is or isn’t neutered? Accidental ear clipping? Yikes.

      I’m afraid I missed that poem. Maybe Michael can add the link here.

      So he is still a youngster. That explains the energy. I had a very small kitten years ago that I carried around in the pouch pocket of my sweatshirt for months when I first got her. Or on my shoulder. She wanted to be under my shirt, under the covers, or up on my shoulder the rest of her life. It was very sweet really. That was more than thirty years ago. I haven’t had a kitten since her. Only mature cats. I’m reminded though of how much you can influence the nature and habits of cats you get as kittens. Maybe someday……..

      Meanwhile, Damon is one of the lucky ones. He found you!

  5. -About Damon-To Dee_
    We have Four Adult, mostly indoor cats, whom have been raised from birth. Two of the four are High Maintainance>meaning they have health issues.when they are let outside, my husband & I are watching them-and the dangers which DO arise from a domestic animal having some fresh air* They are not declawed *never will be and are able to climb, hunt ect…I have not had many problems with them indoors.
    They have fun time with Mom & Dad {us} Scratching post we made for them & pet stairs to get into 4-of our windows. One female main coon {ZOE] is a bit neurotic so I had to cover corners of some tables with Alumunium Foil-which stopped her scratching in the wrong places. She also decided from age 5-months to urinate outside of the litter box. she is healthy.just nuts, so I wipe the Box edges with a lemon or pine scent-this keeps her rear inside the litter area. There are many sites you can research to help Damon & yourself.{ Please DO NOT LEAVE HIM OUTSIDE ALONE after being inside. He sounds like a wild creature of the woods with no Momma cat to teach him what he needed. I am afraid he may be set in his ways by now-{Plant a Tree in your Den !Here is the link{http://www.mykittypalm.com/ The maker is a friend of mine* A NiceGuy. Jim “Turtle” Harmon -Eva D.R.Force

  6. I know that Damon is probably missing out on a natural kittie life but how would you feel if you let him out and he came to harm? I do feel for you because I have the same dilemma 🙁

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