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The Evil of the Outdoor Cat
« on: March 22, 2014, 06:43:22 PM »

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Re: The Evil of the Outdoor Cat
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2014, 06:55:43 PM »
Sorry. Our cats come and go as they please. That is not going to change. Nameless just got back from a walkabout - he'd been gone 5 days or so. Fleabag is a wee bit smarter and prefers to sleep inside of a night, usually on my pillow.

They are not pets. They are sentient beings with their own impulses and urges.
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Re: The Evil of the Outdoor Cat
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2014, 09:06:58 PM »
I like cats.  I don't have one currently but we have always had a cat or two and all of them were in and out cats.

The nutjob neighbor behind us believes that anyone who keeps a cat is harboring a "bird killer".  She hates cats, which is why I plant plenty of catnip along the back fence.  I also dump 100 pounds of sand back there so they have a place to pee other than my flowerbed.

The best part is in the summer, we have 2-3 cats on the back fence yowling in harmony together after wallowing in the catnip.  Drives the neighbor battier than she already is, but they aren't my cats, and they are on the fence behind my shop so I can barely hear them.....

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Re: The Evil of the Outdoor Cat
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2014, 09:52:00 PM »
only one word suffices for the author:  idiot

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Re: The Evil of the Outdoor Cat
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2014, 10:07:35 PM »
Both my cats are strays. The male cat is an indoor/outdoor cat, who strays once in a while for a couple hours, and is back. The female stays in the yard. She finds enough to keep her busy. When I got them, they had worms and ticks and Lizzie had an eye infection, along with a tumor on her gums. I got them spayed and neutered, so even strays aren't cheap.

Niall brings me his share of moles, mice and even rabbits. I give him hell about the rabbits, so hopefully, he lays off them this year. Niall is also a lap cat. He will meow until I pick him up and hold him like a newborn. Lizzie is friendly but not a cuddler, until I'm in bed. Then, she will knead my neck and nuzzle, making purring sounds. I hate it, and sometimes, sleep with my head under the covers, hoping she don't dig her way in.

Both cats are independent, but loving, and are surprisingly very smart. I'd rather they be dumb.

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Re: The Evil of the Outdoor Cat
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2014, 10:39:32 PM »
only one word suffices for the author:  idiot

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Re: The Evil of the Outdoor Cat
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2014, 11:42:06 PM »
I have always been amazed that cat people seem to think it's OK for their "indoor/outdoor" cats to wander around the neighborhood, using other people's flowerbeds [and in one case I know, basement window well] as a latrine, because  that's what cats are. My dogs are indoor/ outdoor animals too, but my cat neighbor wasn't happy when I offered to let them reciprocate and crap on the neighbor's lawn, because that's what dogs do.

As for the mayhem, cats naturally hunt and kill when the instinct is triggered, even if they're full. It's the other thing cats do.
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Re: The Evil of the Outdoor Cat
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2014, 11:45:24 PM »
I have always been amazed that cat people seem to think it's OK for their "indoor/outdoor" cats to wander around the neighborhood, using other people's flowerbeds [and in one case I know, basement window well] as a latrine, because  that's what cats are. My dogs are indoor/ outdoor animals too, but my cat neighbor wasn't happy when I offered to let them reciprocate and crap on the neighbor's lawn, because that's what dogs do.

As for the mayhem, cats naturally hunt and kill when the instinct is triggered, even if they're full. It's the other thing cats do.

cats won't needlessly hunt and kill.

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Re: The Evil of the Outdoor Cat
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2014, 09:23:58 AM »
At our previous home, the next door neighbors had two lazy cats - sisters who looked nothing alike -  who limited their wanderings to our yard and their own. The only time I saw either of them "do what cats do" was when one of them had a little snake cornered on the driveway. The cat lost interest after a minute or two. They were unconcerned with birds, mice, voles and the like, but did appreciate a scritch on the belly now and then.
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