Do companion cats, as opposed to feral cats, belong indoors or is it okay to let them roam free outdoors? Some people who have cats believe they should be allowed outdoors; it’s more “natural” for them to be outside for part of the day. Others believe the outdoors is unsafe for Fluffy who could be stalked by predators, hit by cars, or stolen by fiendish people. But what about the damage Fluffy can do to the outdoors? Should that be taken into consideration when deciding if companion cats should be indoors or outdoors?
A recent article breaks down the destruction felines do in the outdoors. It’s considerable. Researchers used kittycams to collect data and what they found was alarming. Cats kill just for the sake of killing, not always to eat or bring back trophies to present to their guardians. They are indiscriminate hunters going after birds, frogs, snakes, lizards, and the favorite mice.
So, when you think about it…where should companion cats live? Most likely they should live where the least harm can be done to them and where they can do the least harm—indoors, with maybe a screened enclosure so they can be outside safely.