The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #105409   Message #2169625
Posted By: Backwoodsman
12-Oct-07 - 11:53 AM
Thread Name: BS: Buttje is in heaven now
Subject: RE: BS: Buttje is in heaven now
"in the USA, there has been a serious movement to make all cats indoor cats"

Won't their owners' homes smell bad? Cats have a natural odour which, in my experience, gets stronger if they don't get out and get the fresh air in their fur, and is transferred onto carpets and furnishings. And, not only do they hate being bathed, but it's not recommended to bathe them more than once a year, if at all (according to our local vet).

Cats are wild animals by legal definition (at least in the UK) and, more importantly, by natural inclination. I find the idea of imprisoning them in a house as repulsive as keeping birds in a cage, or goldfish in a bowl. They have instincts and needs which are satisfied by being allowed to roam - if it means they take a risk or two then so be it. That, as they say, is life.

And yes, I'm a cat-lover. I've had cats killed by cars, and one had a leg almost severed by a cruel b*****d who hit her with a shovel - broke my heart, all of them, but I won't ever be a warder in a feline jail. I can't help feeling that refusing a cat the opportunity to 'do what comes naturally' is a worse option than accepting the risks involved in allowing it it's freedom to roam and suffering the grief when something bad happens.

JMHO. I'm sure many will tell me I'm wrong, but it's how I feel.