June 23rd 2011 1:04 pm
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My dear Catster's humans...
I am going to do sometihng I never do-it's just not in my nature. I'm going to do it because it's sometihng you all need to know.
Cats belong inside. I know. I know. Some of you are going to jump up and justify why you let your cat out...but you need not.
I'm not talking here of cats that go out on leashes and harnesses, or cats who go out in enclosed spaces supervised by their humans.
Im talking about cats who are 'let out' to roam and hunt and, well, whatever.
Why am I taking a stand on this?
Simply put for this reason. It cause heartache, pain, guilt and stress. For the human, that is. And for a feline-it could mean becoming lost, injured or killed.
Dear humankind, when you stretched out your hand and made us your Guides, you took responsiblity for us, as you would for those two legged small humans-you know-hukits. Well, you wouldn't let a hukit out to hunt or play alone would you? Not when it's small and could be at risk of harm? And they are not nearly as tame and helpless as we.
Well, we're strong, smart spirits. But this funny old world is a complicated one for 'roamer' cats. I speak from experience, you see. I was one.
It's evident from my sweet and charming nature I belonged to someone.
I dislike the BUB, but it is an odd, funny looking little thing that a couple of mommy's human friends have 'ooohed, what sort of Cat is That?!' pointing at the BUB with round eyes and mouths.
The Bub was cocky, well groomed and spayed when found. She was also hungry, frightened and alone. She tried to squeeze into someone's door.
I had a rough time living outside. Yet, I never held it against anyone.
Daddy believes that someone lost me early on in my young life. Something happened that caused me to have ruptured eardrums and a fear of loud things.
But I have always liked people.
Why do I bring this up? Because as felines, we can all so easily become lost, get stolen, be attacked by another animal or a person who doesn't like cats (shocking to believe there are people like that, but there you go!) But this is something to really think about.
This isn't a scolding or a warning. It's a statement coming from a very mellow cat who grows sad when he sees posts about cats being lost, being hit by cars, and, well, stuff like that. It should not end that way.
Being outside is hard. It's not fun....you may think, from your part of the world that it's 'unfair' for a cat to be 'indoor only'. I assure you that's not true. And if you have the urge to really allow your cat friend to experience being outside, get a harness and a leash and go out together. We really like that, you know.
I know, I know, you hear your kitty cry to go out, they slip out, etc. But then go after them if they get out. My cousin blackie was an escape artist for years.
Sadly, it's probably also how he got FIV+. It's probably also when I got FIV+. I'm being a pirate cat just now with one good eye because the medicine is taking a long time to work with my FIV+. So it's no joke, you see. Obviously, someone with the virus bit me when I was 'out there'.
So, as I sit here on the back of the counch and feel a bit sad for a kitty who's passed....I send a little meow of comfort and hope to their person. And I meow to all of the kitties out there still 'out in the cold' on this warm day....and I wish them full bellies and good homes...and someone to love them.
Power of the Paw to all...with love and light, now and always,
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I lived me furst year on de streets sew eye noe wear ewe be comin frum; N yes we haz pals who iz feral, indoor/outdoor N strictly inside kittehs....
in my circumstance, being brought in frum life on de streets saved me life....literally.....
at some point I had been kicked in me spine; eye still haz sway back and will knot allow anyone ta pick me up two this day....eye haz ta watch me diet coz if eye get two big oh a belly, me sway is extremely pronounced....
eye suffered frum de usual; fleas, werms, a tick or two but also had a UTI that nearly cost me me life...to make a long storee short...all me boy "parts" had to be removed; they gave me 5 years tops.....
eye fooled em though, coz eye'm still frisky at 12
de area eye live in be fulla traffic; city as well as 3 may jor high ways, knot ta menshun coyotes N such
eye noe indoor livin iz knot for evree kitteh... N eye dunno everee kitteh's life style... but for me, livin inside now iz pretty saweet
may all R pals be safe N stay safe where ever ewe lives
butter lover boomer o cat
Thank you so much Ruffy. This is so true. We agree with you very very much, I'm also an FIV positive guy so I know what you are talking about. Also, I've got this pretty girlfriend who comes to our house every day for nom noms. She's clearly got a home, but she's outside ALL the time. She was here this weekend after 1am when my parents got home from the movie. She shouldn't be out that late. She's all black, it's dark, there are lots and lots of cars, there's wild animals. Mommy was so worried about her. Daddy said if she was worried she could bring her inside, he wouldn't complain. Mommy doesn't want to take her away in case there is a child somewhere waiting for their kitty to return, but she doesn't like it one bit. She doesn't think my girlfriend is safe outside. She spends more time here than anywhere else. Mom has started locking us up and leaving the front door open when she visits to eat, if she chooses to come inside, mommy will welcome her into our family. She's pretty much all ready chosen us. She's very worried some day black beauty won't come around, like my old gray friend did. I don't think anything good happened to him.
I was borneded ona streets but Jen finded me when I's a little kitten. I been a inside kitty efur since. Jen 'lows us to go ina backyard but das it. Nowhere else an she watches us, 'specially me, furry closely. Da big ou'side world is skeery place.
Other dan mees and Squeaker, every other fur heres bees from outside!! Most have NOOOO interest in going back out again!! Kringle is being harness trained, and is all paws out will become a therapy cat!! And he was a castoff!! Peoples who use harnesses, or have enclosuers ( Cattery) Den it bees ok, other dan dat, No ways!! Seen too many of mys furriends leave too early for de bridge cause of dat!! Insides de place to beeees!! Insides de place for mees!!!