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Thread #105409   Message #2172072
Posted By: Genie
16-Oct-07 - 12:24 AM
Thread Name: BS: Buttje is in heaven now
Subject: RE: BS: Buttje is in heaven now
I think outdoor cats fare much worse in coyote territory than they necerssarily do from cars in residential neighborhoods where cars are fairly infrequent and usually not going too fast.   Many cats generally hang out in their own yards or on their own porches most of the time. But staying in your own yard is not much protection from coyotes - or from hawks, for that matter. I have thought of moving to San Diego, but if I do, Grisabella will have to stay inside a lot more than she does now, even though the weather's milder, because of the coyotes in Tecolote Canyon.   
The 2-block long street I live on in Portland has at least 15 to 20 housecats plus several strays, all of whom spend at least some time outdoors (though most of them are kept in at night), and nearly all these cats have been around for years.   My Melanie is the only one I know of that has ever been hit by a car on this 2-block residential street.   (On a much busier, longer street a few blocks away I used to see dead cats from time to time, until the city finally installed speed bumps. Since then, none.)   But we don't have many 'varmints' that would hurt cats except at night (e.g., the raccoons and possums).

I think, as with people, quality of life is as important as longevity, and there's no one-size-fits-all answer.   But, yes, losing a dear kitty is losing a member of the family.   Getting another one can help heal the heart, but a new feline companion never really "takes the place of" one you've lost, any more than having another baby would replace a child who had died.