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By Stalked - / Tuesday 15 November 2011 00:46 / United States
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Well generally in suburbia we allow our cat to see sunlight and go for a wander during the day.. So either you live in sky-rise city, have never had a cat, or are a pretty mean cat owner...

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This is true. It is proven that indoor cats live longer. They are almost completely protected against contagious diseases, not to mention being hit by cars and other animals. As well, of course, from fucked up people.

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Our cat stays indoors... And we're most certainly not "mean" pet owners. This way she doesn't end up dead on the side of the road or a snack for larger animals... I doubt the rescues we foster for would consider us mean.

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53- Cats who are allowed outdoors life-span's are significantly shortened in general but also they can be hit by cars (even in the suburbs!) or attacked by another animal, pick up diseases or parasites from other animals, or even just get lost, and etc. So it's extremely irresponsible to allow your cat to leave the safety of your home. My cats are perfectly content to lay around the house all day!

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Well I shall refute your indoor cats live longer with when I was a kid our family cats were always allowed out and they both lived to 19. My cat who has always been allowed out is currently 17 and going strong. :) similar situations with a few friends of mine. :) and yes there is a higher chance of cats getting hit by cars but most cats are generally smart enough to avoid them- if the cat is stupid enough to walk out in front of something fast moving maybe it should be removed from the feline gene pool.. :p and personally, I would rather take that small chance and let my cat roam around as it is more natural for a cat to climb and play on trees etc than lay around gaining weight. But remember to put a bell on it with a tight-ish collar (so it can't strangle itself) and get your cat SPAYED or CASTRATED. :)

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If you want to have outdoor cats, fine, but saying people who keep indoor pets are cruel is just rude and incorrect. Cats can be happy indoors or outdoors. Don't judge what you don't know.

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My best friend has two cats, and he lets his cats out whenever they want. They 1: have never been horribly sick, 2: have never been eaten, 3: have never been run over. They love being outside and wandering. Just because cats are lazy doesn't mean they don't enjoy the freedom. What if I kept you inside your house with a bowl of food and water for the rest of your life? It'd protect you from diseases and animals and cars, but would you be happy?

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Yes, cats really do want to roam. I too had cats that were indoor outdoor as a child and they lived to be very old. I love dogs more than cats, but lets face it cats are a lot more savvy than dogs when it comes to crossing the street and fighting. my cats used to beat my dog up all the time. drive down a country road sometime. You are going to see far more dogs who have been hit than cats.

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Irresponsible? No. Letting your cats outside is a good chance for them to get dreads CLEAN air. And to catch mice and stuff. It is most certainly not irresponsible to let your cats go outside

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$20? Yea right ; in my area they cost $75 & up. I had to pay 150 for my cat who was spayed + came with all shots. Than another $110 to get her treated for ear mites & URI the shelter failed to inform me about. The only $20 cat you will get is from Craiglist. I hope this bitch gets Locked up.

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You can get a cat for free just about anywhere. Vets can be expensive, especially to properly care for an animal. $20 will never be enough for all the care a cat (even a free one) needs. Or you can be a neglectful owner and not get it fixed, regular shots or flea control.

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In Alabama, most cats are free. There are no shelters around my area for cats, and people don't care if they get them spayed/neutered and don't care that there are way too many cats around here. People don't want to pay for cats. We found ours next to train tracks alone, so we had to rescue him. He has been the best cat since. I think we only took him to the vet once, to get neutered, and he's perfectly healthy.

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Honestly a animal is never free. Even if you pick one off the street you still will be paying for him/her when you visit a vet, buy food and toys. & people should not be treating any animal at home if you aren't so sure about what you are doing or what they might have. Sometimes home care can make problems worse. It sickens me when people refuse to pay for their own pets medical needs. Why do you have one if you dont want to pay when they get sick? My cat was so complicated the first 5 months. I thought I adopted a 100% healthy cat. I was basically visiting her vet every month :/ (ear mites, URI, inflammed intestines) so they can cost a lot! But luckily she settled in fine after a while just fine. But trust me animals are worth every penny.

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87- My cat is worth $500. It took another $500 to pay for him to get neutered and declawed. Not to mention him getting his shots, buying toys, and buying other things like food, kitty litter, toys, nail clippers, and furball medicine. Cats are expensive, not just $20. But it's all worth it.

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37- cats are not 20 bucks and no matter the price, OP's cat could have been priceless to OP's family. Animals take up spaces in hearts, so it's not easy to replace them.

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37, you have no concern for a life, even though it's a cat, it's a life. Oh, if you lost yours, your family would care? You can't just throw cats out and get more. You're fucking retarded if you think that way. Animals form bonds with people, it's not that simple to just do that. By the way, mountain dew is nasty.

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37- During your "increments of free time" you claim to have, you should consider doing some research on the average cost of owning/buying a cat..rather than spewing stupidity on FML. If you think cats cost $20, you either basically abuse your cat by not providing it with the necessities it should have.... or you're just an idiot. I'm going to go with you being an idiot since I don't even own a cat and I know that they cost WAY more than $20.

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