The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #105409   Message #2169269
Posted By: Dave'sWife
11-Oct-07 - 09:27 PM
Thread Name: BS: Buttje is in heaven now
Subject: RE: BS: Buttje is in heaven now
Leadbelly - in the USA, there has been a serious movement to make all cats indoor cats hence the critical comment. it's a wonderful idea and certainly the best thing for urban cats. It's certainly best for their health and for the health of songbirds and other wildlife. If it can be done, it should be done

However, like many people, I have taken in former feral cats and it's nearly impossible to make them 100% indoor kitties, try as we may. I have on semi-feral adult cat who began life as a pampered kitten but was tossed out of his home by an angry boyfriend and who then ran with some local ferals until I found him. I've never been able to get him to come inside for any length of time unless the front door is wide open unless it's very cold or raining. My other cat who is mostly indoors is also a former feral but she will drive us crazy trying to squish herslef between the window slats to go out if we don't let her out on demand.

I had an old Tomcat hit by a car 2 years ago and I know how awful that is. He was a totally indoor cat who at the end of his life was kind of senile. He was 20 years old and would sneak out the door and then run like a madman for the street. One day he did this and ran right under the wheel of a car. Thankfully we were able to get him to a Vet to be euthanized quickly. Poor old fella.

I am so sorry about your baby Buttje. May he rest in peace.