We hear a lot about the dangers to cats outdoors, but what about the dangers indoors? Of course there are good cat caretakers who are forced to keep their cats indoors to keep them safe and who make an indoor life fulfilled and as happy as a cat can be living that way. Giving their cat lots of love and attention, growing kitty grass for him to chew on, ensuring he has as natural a life as possible.
But there must be a number of cats living in misery who no one knows about. There is no danger indoors from traffic of course, or from wild animals or from strangers who would hurt a cat.
But in bad homes there is still danger from humans for indoor cats and an indoor cat has no way to escape from that situation! They are stuck in it 24 hours day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year….their whole lifetime.
An indoor cat is seen by no one outside, apart from if he sits in the window, but how many people look closely at someone else’s window? Not many, because of course it’s impolite.
Some cats may simply have a boring life, but the lives of others may be really miserable, particularly in the case of declawed cats who have nothing to do but eat and sleep. They can’t enjoy a good work out on a scratching post, or hook a toy to have a good kick at.
Do the people who have their cats declawed just want a living ornament? Why do they have a cat?
Those cats must be very vulnerable to the children and the dogs of the family. I can imagine them being treated like toys by the children, until they retaliate by biting and then as ‘bad cats’ are either shoved in a basement, put outside, or relinquished to a shelter.
How else can a declawed cat cope with a dog in the same house than by avoiding that dog? Jumping without claws is a risky business, so I imagine that the poor cat in those circumstances just keeps out of the dog’s way.
Hour after hour sitting with nothing to do. Maybe some declawed cats get loving attention from their owner (yes owner for all I hate that word I use it because caretakers don’t pay someone to cripple their pet). But I’d think a person who had their cat declawed rather than spend time teaching him to use a scratching post, wouldn’t give the cat much of their time at all.
I hate to think of cats behind closed doors living a life of boredom or fear and no one knows of their plight. At least indoor/outdoor cats are seen by other people and it’s noticeable if one needs help, some caring person can ensure the cat gets that help.
So while there may be many pros to cats being kept strictly indoors, there are many cons from an unhappy cat’s point of view!