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Why I keep My Cats Indoors — 12 Comments

  1. If a cat can “outsmart” you, are you smart enough to realize what that means? IT MEANS that you’re more stupid than a cat. It MEANS that you are TOO STUPID to have *ANY* life under your care. I bet you’d have children that “accidentally” drowned in that canal or channel behind your house (as happened not long ago to some criminally-negligent parents) because your 2-3 year old child was SMARTER THAN YOU ARE. This is why NO LIFE should be allowed under YOUR criminally irresponsible care. You’ve already proved it with your cats!

    Licensing and laws do nothing to curb the ecological cat-disaster we all face today. If cats are required to be licensed then cat-lovers just stop putting collars on their cats, as they did by me. And they won’t even bother getting them micro-chipped, especially not that They want absolutely nothing that can hold them legally responsible, liable, and accountable for the actions of their cats. It’s why many of them even keep cats in the first place. We’re not talking about the topmost responsible citizens of the world, you know. They don’t want that responsibility of what their cat has done coming back on them. If they had even one iota of a sense of responsibility and respect for all other lives on this planet we wouldn’t even be having these discussions.

    On the other hand, I found something that DOES work, and works well, and works fast (well, relative to the years it takes trying to reason with deceitful and lying cat-lovers that accomplishes ABSOLUTELY NOTHING). Where I live cat-lovers have learned that _ALL_ cats, stray and feral, collared or not, ear-tipped or not (because TNR con-artist liars now just clip cats’ ears only without sterilizing or vaccinating them, to protect their hoarded cats from being trapped and euthanized), _ALL_ their cats are humanely shot on sight and buried whenever found away from supervised confinement.

    The ONLY thing that works is destroying any of their cats found outdoors on your property. They either learn to stop getting more cats that die under the wheels of cars or from animal attacks, or they finally learn how to be a responsible pet owner, respectful neighbor, and learn to keep their invasive species animal under confined supervision, as it should be. Win win win all around. You can either destroy their cat for them humanely, or let their lack of concern for their cat cause it to die inhumanely. By destroying their cat for them humanely you are showing them that you care more about their cat than even they do. A bullet is by far the most humane death that any free-roaming cat will ever meet. Anything else is all inhumanely downhill from there. Their only other options are being hit by cars, environmental poisons, cat & animal attacks, disease and parasites, freezing, etc., etc.

    You can’t train a cat to stay home but I found that, in time, you CAN train a cat-owner into being a responsible pet-owner and a respectable neighbor. Most of them are so phenomenally stupid, disrespectful, and criminally irresponsible though that you have to make at least 12-15 of their cats permanently disappear before they even start to figure out what they’ve been doing wrong all during their sorry, useless, and pathetic lives.

    If you live in an area where its not legal to use firearms to destroy any animal that is threatening the health and safety of you, your family, your animals, or property (as it *IS* legal in most every area of the nation — shoot to maim is animal cruelty but shoot to kill is a perfectly legal way to humanely destroy any nuisance animal on your own property); then check into laws regarding air-rifles with ballistics speeds of 700-1200 fps and using pointed vermin-pellets in no-firearms zones. Many of the newer ones even come with their own sound-suppressor designs built-in, being specifically designed for shooting vermin cats in urban areas, the demand is that great. Failing that, then there’s always the SSS and TDSS Cat Management Programs that are exploding in popularity worldwide. Shoot, Shovel, & Shut-Up; or Trap, Drown, Shovel, & Shut-Up. Both methods are legal on every square foot of this earth. No local laws were violated if it never happened! (Where cats have already learned to evade all trapping methods, then inexpensive generic 1-adult-strength acetaminophen (overseas a.k.a. paracetamol) pain-relievers are a more species specific vermin poison. But you really need to retrieve and dispose of that carcass safely so that native wildlife won’t die from the many diseases cats spread even after their death.)

    Good luck!

    • A comment with this mentality proves my point that there are crazies out there who will harm any cat they come across just for the hell of it. And you’re also right with no body no crime. Thank you for backing up the reason my cats have lived indoor only lives since our first cat back in 2009. We learned some hard lessons in the last century. Most cats do belong indoors. Especially if neighbors are anything like you.

    • You actually honestly believe that people let their cats out just so they can get off on feeling like they are expressing some sort of control over the rest of the neighbourhood.
      “bla bla bla expendable proxy” – or some total nonsense like that.

  2. The indoor outdoor cat debate is the biggest one after cat overpopulation and declawing in my opinion. I found this post interesting because you mention “leash laws” and shelter “regulations”. So for you and people like you living in certain parts of the USA there is no choice in the debate. You have to keep them indoors or walk them on a leash.

    In America there is more space. Large gardens are more common. Why don’t Americans make their gardens cat enclosures? This seems like laziness to me. It should be obligatory. There are some good fencing manufacturers who make specialist cat proof fencing to go around gardens.

    The answer whether we keep our cats in or let them out is about risk assessment. Sounds boring but it makes sense.

    HIGH RISK

    If the assessed risk of injury is high cats should be kept in or supervised outside or placed on a leash. For example if you live in London or Los Angeles near a four lane highway and your back garden (yard) backs onto the road and there is no real fencing around your garden….that is high risk, is it not? Only a fool would let their cat out under those circumstances.

    LOW RISK

    There are few genuine low risk places left on the planet for the free roaming domestic cat. However..

    You live by the sea. Not on farmland. Outside, the land is public but very few people use it. Your neighbours, you know are decent people. The sea is half a mile away. The risks are relatively low in my opinion.

    Or..

    You have a large back yard (garden) and it has a ten foot wall around it. That is almost zero risk. That is why I like the large enclosures that are high specialist fencing around the garden. I wrote about that.

    • Oh if only I had a 10 ft wall or an ocean! I have woods with coyotes and wolves and deer hunters and crazies with guns. Not safe at all.

      There’s a feral colony living on a vacant lot near lots of traffic. A lady is trying to TNR and rehome them. I worry about cats on busy roads. To me its not worth the risk since my cats are under my guidance. I feel I’m doing what’s best to keep them safe.

      • I understand your argument and actually agree with what you do because you always do right by your cats on your budget. However, lots of Americans can do better in creating a nice environment for their cats as well as a safe environment. They can afford to put high fencing around their yard. Why aren’t they doing it? Or build a nice enclosure? ANS: it is convenient for them to keep their cats indoors. There needs to be more empathy with the cat’s desires and behavioral traits.

        • I think a lot of it may be because there are fewer home owners due to the economy. More people are renting homes or live in apartments and cannot make changes to the property. A landlord may give permission for a fence, but many renters may not want to invest in something that’s not truly theirs.

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