By catslave - 17/09/2016 08:43 - New Zealand
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It's not just cats. My friend's dog did just that last night. He went out through the garage in the front of the house, did his business in the backyard, but would not come in until you opened the back patio door. We stood there calling him and he wouldn't budge. Animals like to be difficult too. Their means are just more passive aggressive.
Cats are not children they are animals that depend on humans to keep them safe. A human child can be taught not to play in traffic or lay in the warm street, a human child can be taught not to kill the neighbours pond fish or not shit in the neighbours garden. A cat however can not be reasoned with and needs a humans protection. That's why you are the owner If you let a cat outside without a leash or in a proper outdoor enclosure You are failing your cat on so many levels. You are failing your neighbours you are failing Mother Nature and adding to a growing problem!
Oh, mind your own damn business. As long as the cat is fixed, vaccinated, and wearing a bell he's gonna be okay and not cause major problems. Cats aren't fucking stupid. The vast majority of them know not to play in traffic. If cats were so helpless, ferrel cats wouldn't be such a huge problem.
My cat is indoor and outdoor, fix, vaccinated, and totally healthy. She's 12 and a half years old and never had a problem with the outdoors. Cat's are typically very smart, some not so much as others. The owner just has to decide what's best for the cat. I have 3 other cats and they are indoor outdoor as well, 2 of my boy cats will roam a few houses down, where as my youngest cat barely even goes in the front yard, much less the neighbor's yard and I've never seen her go near the street, she typically stays in the back yard. As long as the owner makes sure the cat is vaccinated and fixed and the area they live in isn't dangerous, there's nothing wrong with letting your cat go outside. That being said once night time hits we make sure they are inside because of predators.
I have cats that shit my my garden. That I need to weed out. I don't own cats yet I was woken up at 4:30 one morning to a cat fight in my yard blood a fur everywhere that I had to clean. My kids can't have a sand box because of neighbour cats. They love a sand box. Cats are pets that deserve your protection put them on a leash or in an enclosure don't just let them out. It's rude and inconsiderate of everyone around you that does not want to live with your cat.
I can tell racoon Poo from cat poo it's very different And as for a covered sandbox we tried that but the covers are not what they used to be. And again. I'm a responsible Cat owner I don't let my cats outdoors, why do I need to cover up, bolt down, and protect everything I own from asshole cat owners AND then listen to those cat owners complain about how annoying or costly it is to live with an outdoor cat!!!