No truer words could be said. In fact indoor cats have to be special
low cal diets. Indoor cats are a study in inactivity.
My indoor/outdoor cats lead cat lives, are often on the go, and are
much better behaved than the indoor only cats I've had in the past. I
mean they have real cat things to do, not just play with the furniture
and get fixated on having some treat or such.
They look happy to me, and they all have such different approaches to
being a cat.
After my terrible, expensive experience with cat accident, vet urged
me to keep him indoors. They always do that, no doubt out of sincere
concern for the animal. But I just don't think that's right, even in
an urban environment. So "we" (cat and I) compromise by letting him
go in and out during the day and keeping him in at night. No doubt
this is the reverse of the animal's usual hunting behaviour, but it's
the best "we" can do rather than make him a "plush toy" as one poster
Ok, he have a couple of self-propelled plush toys that just think they're
cats. ;-) We had one to the ripe old age of 22, though for about half her
life she did go outside. Our last four or five never have been outside alone.
On Dec 25, 8:11 pm, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
At least they get some time out in the exercise yard. Sunlight, fresh
air, and sensory input- what a combination. Considering what a cat's
senses and athletic skills are compared to a human, a suburban house
must be like a sensory deprivation tank for them. No wonder so many go
wacko, or get stuck at the adolescent stage, socially.
On Dec 27, 2:02 pm, " email@example.com"
Do they call you Massah or Ceasar?
Hey, whatever floats yer boat. I <like> cats, and if I wasn't allergic
to them, and gone from the house ten hours a day M-F, I'd probably
have one. But I don't feel I have the right to subject any living
creature to that much boredom. I like dogs too, but not as inside
animals. If I had acreage, I'd probably have a couple working dogs,
with suitable outside pen space and shelter, as a burglar alarm.
I. You can get shots for your allergies.
II. Cats thrive on boredom. Give them a perch and a window to look out of
and they are happy.
They spend their waking hours imagining things - like what balsa wood tastes
On 12/27/2010 3:02 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That's fine. Not for everyone.
just as I have no use for dogs that aren't
Had a neighbor that did the same thing. The dog lived for the break from
that. And was still loyal to his owner.
Mine are very entertaining. Even the neighbors love em and have
bequeathed their own names on them. Got one named after Rush's cat
Punkin. They are fascinating creatures. Thinking about getting them do
some tricks like Dominique and his trained House Cats.
Not the flaming hoop bit though. They are very good at standing up, to
get closer to the treat, that Party Mix is powerful.
We had a couple, thirty years ago. One finally decided to stay inside and
lived to a ripe old 22. The other refused to stay inside. A dog got it.
After those two we never let the cats get a "taste" of the outside.
Sure. We used to jump the fence to pet and play with him and my son would
feed him when the neighbors were gone. My son once surprised him (eating) and
the dog ripped my son's leg open. Other than missing a few weeks swimming, no
It's not like house cats are stationary "plush toys". ;-)
One of ours goes nuts over ground coffee and turns his nose up at ham.
Have you tried the shrimp(?) flakes?
On 12/27/2010 7:51 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Ground coffee? Never would have thought of that! Must be like catnip,
which some some cats love, and some don't.
What gets mine in a tizzy is chicken livers. They stand on their legs
and cry, "me, feed me". It's pandemonium watching them as I drop bits of
liver. The cats standing on their hind legs trying to catch them. My
girlfriends cats, same litter, are too refined for this and have lost
the blood lust. One of mine will just sit at the edge and watch this
craziness unfold, and wait for her bit of liver. They are adaptable, and
What amazes me about cats, much more so than dogs, is how clearly
defined and different their personalities are. They really are
I'll suggest the shrimp flakes to my girlfriend.
We don't give it to the dumb cat but sometimes a little spills. He'll find
Animals are quite like children. We had a Golden Retriever that *loved*
grapes. Grapes were the only floor he'd catch in the air. Steak, nope, he'd
jump like he was going to catch it, then let it drop, before he'd snarf it up
off the floor. My brother, a veterinarian, once decided to "teach" him to
stop begging (he never begged from us because we ignored him at the table); he
threw him a grape. Bad move. ;-)
Yep. Every one we've had has been quite different. All affectionate, but
I think it's shrimp. They're sea food flakes of some sort. The cats go nuts
over them. We don't often give it to them, just a special treat.
On Mon 27 Dec 2010 11:00:50a, Red Green told us...
We have five cats who have lived all their lives indoors and are very
happy and contented. We occasionally take two at a time with us when
we spend time on the patio. They're usually ready to go back in the
house long before we are.
FWIW, they play with each other and also have dozens of toys that
they actively play with.
Our eldest is 19 years old.
~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~
I built mine in a 10" wide board that fits under the partially-closed
window. If the cat door ever needs to go away, I'll just raise the window,
remove the board containing the cat-flap, then close the window.
Oh, there's a screw in the window frame to prevent the goblins, squints,
mopes, do-bads, stink-eyes, etc., from using the cat door contraption as an
They are good cats, and they do kill a lot of rodents. There are a
couple of vacant lots nearby so it is happy hunting grounds for them and
the hawks and owls. Not all cats are good hunters though. And neutered
cats don't have much reason to wail.
I happen to like chipmunks, it is there unfortunate lot in life to be
both tasty and entertaining.
Have they brought you any?
I had a cat once that brought me dead mice,and a live bird which it
released indoors,that was hilarious;my mom a bird-lover trying to get the
bird out of the house while the cat was leaping all over the place trying
to recapture it. 8-)
it's not easy for a cat to catch a healthy chipmunk,squirrel,or bird.
there's no shortage of them,either.
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