Should I Let My Cat Outside?

It is true that the dangers of the outside world have a negative impact on the health and lifespan of cats.

Every night, while he is curled up next to me on the bed, my cat “Lucky” purrs contentedly to himself. He bolts in the opposite direction whenever a member of my family opens a door that leads to the outside world. You see, my wife and I ventured out into the freezing January weather to save Lucky, who we believe to have been a stray or an abandoned cat. At this point, he has no interest in going out at all.

I took in a second cat after rescuing him from a situation in which he was found malnourished and unable to move because he was trapped in a flea collar. Even if the door were left wide open, he would still choose not to go outside at this time.

Maverick Cats was the seminal book on feral cats, and my mentor Ellen Perry Berkeley, author of that book, wrote to me: “…we have since brought in three more feral cats…. The three of them appear to be having a wonderful time inside. They have, to quote my spouse, “Been exposed to the elements.”

It is true that the dangers of the outside world have a negative impact on the health and lifespan of cats. The average lifespan of an outdoor cat is between 4-5 years, whereas the lifespan of an indoor cat is 15 years or more. When one considers all of the possible dangers, this should not come as a surprise. Because I’ve seen so many cats get hit by cars and die on the highway, I always have the number for the state and local highway crews memorized in my Rolodex. When I see it, it never fails to make me feel sad, and I can’t help but think about how different the outcome would have been if someone had kept that cat as an indoor companion. When cats are allowed to run free, it is reasonable to anticipate the occurrence of such outcomes, regardless of how crowded the surrounding roads or highways may be.

The situation for cats in rural areas is not any better. In the event that they are not killed by a car, they may be killed by consuming poisonous plants or antifreeze, both of which are delicious. When they seek warmth under car hoods, they put themselves at risk of being mangled by fan belts. A number of years ago, when I was volunteering for an organization that helped animals, we got a call about a cat that had traveled from Boston to Hartford with its head tucked under the hood of a car. That cat did not sustain any injuries, which is a relief; however, it will need to find a new home.

Whether they live in the city or the country, cats will always have to deal with the threat of dogs, as well as potential conflicts with other cats and a wide variety of wild animals. In every part of Connecticut, you can find raccoons and coyotes, both of which have the potential to spread rabies. Cats are also susceptible to being killed or maimed when they are caught in steel-jawed leghold traps.

According to the laws of Connecticut, both dogs and children under the age of 12 cannot be left alone. Despite this, many people believe cats are capable of fending for themselves. Sadly, this is not the case. Cats that have been abandoned, lost, or injured are brought into animal shelters on a regular basis, as these cats are victims of living outside. The time-honored retort is, of course, to bring up the outdoor cat that was cared for properly and lived to a ripe old age. This example is comparable to bringing up the long-lived smoker who made it to one hundred years of age. Both are extremely unlikely based on the statistics.

People who want their cats to be able to go outside and enjoy the fresh air should think about getting their cats a harness and leash, putting in a fenced-in cat run, installing a window shelf for their cats, or installing invisible fencing (it works for cats as well as dogs). These will take away the concerns about why a cat does not return home, as well as the subsequent need to post “missing cat” signs. In addition to that, it will make it possible for the feline who showers you with unrequited love to spend yet another restful night purring away in contentment on your bed.

For the sake of the animals,
The Vice President of the Meriden Humane Society, Inc. is Gregory M. Simpson.

Meriden Humane Society, Inc. is a no-kill shelter that was incorporated in Connecticut by legislative charter in 1893. Gregory Simpson serves as Vice-President of the Board of Directors at Meriden Humane Society, Inc. In addition to that, he has served in the past as a state advisor for the nonprofit organization Friends of Animals, Inc. In the issue of CAT FANCY that was published in December 2005, he was recognized as one of the 40 Ultimate Cat Lovers in the United States.

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