Readers Discuss: Indoor or Outdoor Cats?
I agree to let cats in or out, whatever they prefer. I live on a farm and love to see animals pastured and free, but have [guard dogs] for predator control, so that helps minimize suffering of cats, small dogs, fowl and sheep. We took my daughter’s college cat that had gone to grad school with her and he is now a barn cat and a very good one. I am glad he has a happy content life. It was evident he was not going to make an apartment cat.
Our two female cats live with us on a 300 acre farm. We experimented with letting them out to do their own thing and this is what we have seen happen with them. One female will hunt mostly ground animals, like mice and squirrels. The other one will only go for the birds. She knocks them out of air and kills them for pleasure and fun. After witnessing a few more sparrows and beautiful colorful little birds (don’t know the name), we decided it was time to keep them indoors ONLY! A few mice here and there wasn’t worth keeping the other one outside. If you really feel any regard for the nature and baby birds in the bushes around your house, do not keep your cats outside. They roam and make regular rounds in search for a new thrill, and killing wild birds with no real purpose except fun.