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Health: Can The Life of a Domestic Cat Be Too Sterile? — 8 Comments

  1. Yep, I agree with you all, in total agreement. It doesn’t worry me if the house is constantly clean. We don’t worry about it being tidy or clean. It annoys me, when people say they won’t come to the house due to cat smell. Our Cats love the life of indoor/outdoor life. They often eat grass, this year we are trying a cat friendly weed spray. Have found a website where can use white vinegar and sugar as well as salt so giving that a try. We don’t want to harm our cats. The thing I have noticed is they don’t seem to eat their live prey, i.e. Mouse, bird, etc. Yea the cats don’t like the vacuum, but some of them tolerate it. I’m not a big fan of dusting, I’m more a surface cleaner. I only clean once a week the main areas. Since we got this steam cleaner has made it easier, as doesn’t have any poisons in it just use cold filtered water. I just want our cats to be cats to live life as they want on this earth as much as possible without fear , to know that they are loved and i’m sure they know it!!

  2. I’m glad Monty goes out and eats some grass and rolls in the dirt. It is a normal thing for a cat to do, so he should get to do it. Granted, he has a safe area in our fenced yard and I supervise him pretty carefully. But it’s good when cats can be cats. Monty’s my precious furry friend, but he’s not human. His little heart beats with desires I can’t comprehend– the need to catch small creatures, to rend and tear and kill. I don’t understand that. Once a Monarch butterfly landed on my foot and Monty, instead of admiring it, swooped in and ate it. His thoughts are not my thoughts, his ways are not my ways.

  3. We are a country obsessed with cleanliness to the point that antibacterial products are everywhere, including wipes at the entries of stores so cart handles and hands can be sanitized.

    With the exception of food preparation, I’m happy to report that I don’t have this obsessive illness.
    I’m more of an organizer than a clean freak.

    When I do basic housekeeping, my felines know exactly where to get nasty, dirty stuff. They just pull it all out from under the frig, stove, and furniture. Tops of cabinets are a favorite.

    So, they get their fair share of immune system boosters.

  4. Yes I agree, I think that indoor cats don’t get the chance to build up their immune systems which happens naturally outdoors.
    Maybe that’s why we hear of pedigree cats having poor health, because people keep valuable (in money terms)cats indoors. It’s not a natural life, necessary in some places, yes, but natural? no!

    • Good, I am pleased that you are with me on this. I wonder how important it is because we frequently hear of domestic cats being allergic to this and that and I wonder how robust their immune systems are especially as you say for pedigree cats. As you say pedigree cats are kept indoors in very carefully controlled environments often and breeders will be doing the same thing if they are worth their salt and this may have an impact on the immune system and the gastrointestinal tract.

  5. I think this applies to all including humans.

    We have become incredibly weak and over clean. People actually can’t go longer than 24hours without full soap showers and that is just terrible for your health and immune system.

    Humans have become addicted to sterility and it’s bad. I can’t stand when I see a cat living in a minimal super clean apartment with a super clean caretaker – the poor cat has nothing for stimulation in those kids of living places. I purposely leave bottle caps and scrunched paper on the floor for my cats – and many other things too. When I do a big cleanup and vacuum it all up and tidy the place feels empty and perhaps nice clean and uncluttered to me, but you can see the cats don’t really like the result. They need all that stuff. I even leave some cobwebs on the cieling because Gigi in particular likes to stare wt them when they move with the currents of air. It stimulates her a bit to have these things around but most ‘normal’ humans would and do think I’m a bit of a nutjob for leaving cobwebs and such in place.

    To answer the title, yes, often times I think many cats in Europe and North America have incredibly boring lives when not allowed out. It’s hard to have enough time to keep them busy, especially when you work full time. I’ve got another cat coming in the summer so that will keep them busy too – hopefully all goes well.

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