free roaming cats

With a good caregiver the answer is “indoor cats have a better quality of life,” hands down.

An outdoor cat has the benefit of entertaining themselves, they can engage in natural behaviors such as climbing, digging, hunting, and sunning. If they’re a social cat, they may enjoy the company of other neighborhood cats.

However, they would be exposed to more daily stress. Stress scurrying across the road with a car barreling down, stress from trying to keep other cats off their turf, stress from coming across native predators or dogs.

It’s also more difficult to monitor health of an outdoor cat, so although they may enjoy hunting and digging they won’t enjoy having worms. They won’t enjoy struggling to pee, or being constipated, which their owner may not pick up on because they do most of their business in the neighbors garden.

Their deaths are often less “quality” as well, the reason free-roaming cats tend to live shorter lifespans is because of trauma and illness. They may enjoy sunning themselves, but wouldn’t enjoy dragging themselves to the side of the road to die because they chose the wrong patch of asphalt. They may enjoy climbing, but wouldn’t enjoy it if a bird of prey snatches them off a branch.

Indoor cats with inadequate owners will become bored, depressed, and often destructive. If fed poorly they’re more likely to be obese or develop health issues such as renal, thyroid, or urinary problems. This is, clearly, not a good quality of life.

However this can easily be remedied by providing an enriching environment using cat shelves, crinkle tunnels, cat trees, scratching posts, etc. and engaging in daily interactive enrichment.

If the cat craves the authenticity of an outdoor experience enclosures can be purchased or made, or they can be harness trained to safely enable their desire to roam. Ways to bring authentic outdoor fun inside is providing f/t feeder chicks or rodents, letting them hunt purchased feeder insects, or providing a dig box with soil from the yard if it’s pesticide free.

It’s also easier to monitor a cats health. Cats tend to hide if they’re ill, being around them all the time gives you a better feel for their behavior and if somethings off. It’s also easier to monitor their litter use and urine / stool health, which is often an early warning sign. Being able to notice the issue sooner means less time the cat is suffering, and if it’s a serious health issue the cat then has a better chance of recovery.

The quality of death is often better, a well-cared for indoor cat is most probably going to die of age or from euthanasia.

So the quality of life for an outdoor cat may be situationally better than the quality of life of an indoor cat who has a unqualified owner, but an indoor cat with an owner who knows what they’re doing and is willing to put the time and effort into having a pet isn’t missing any of the “pros” an outdoor cat experiences but is spared the “cons” both the outdoor cat and the poorly owned indoor cat suffer.

If quality is the deciding factor for I would suggest looking through this testimony from behaviorists, veterinarians, and other experts who encourage indoor cats and reading the part of the FAQ discussing the Indoor Cats Are Depressed myth.

anonymous asked:

sorry if you've been asked this before, but what's your opinion on outdoor cats? my friend is really against it, but my cat goes both outside and inside as he pleases. not something i can do anything about anyway since it's really up to my parents, but i was curious what you think

uh tbh im ok w it, just make sure that your cat is chipped/has a collar and is fixed and also be prepared for the consequences of having a free roaming cat like getting hit by cars/getting lost/hurt etc

if you want to still let your cat go outside then a great alternative is a closed outdoor enclosure. you don’t have to do something as extravagant as these even a large dog kennel will do. it keeps them safe and also allows them to go outside, it’s no different than a yard for your dog

I’ve seen a couple posts about how free-roaming cats don’t live shorter lives because “My cat lived to by X!” I’ve already addressed this. One of the oldest women lived well past the average lifespan for women in her country (122 vs. 85) despite smoking since she was 21.

They keyword here is despite, her smoking didn’t contribute to her longevity and she was lucky it didn’t shorten her life. Your 19 year old outdoor cat lived to that age despite you’re unnecessarily exposing them to danger, your cat was lucky not to die early like many other free-roaming cats.

If Ash catches Litten, I wonder if they would be like the reverse Charizard. In season 1: Charmander was pretty affetionate and grateful to Ash for saving them from their abusive trainer, as Charmeleon: they were sort of a stubborn but still a cooperative hothead and Charizard was…well, Charizard (albeit he got much better when Johto rolled around). 

With Litten, we see that they’re pretty harsh with Ash at first as means of showing off a rebelious and free roaming cat-like nature. Maybe as a Torracat, they would be a bit rough on the edges but much more accepting. Then as a fucking Incineroar…a big, hulking and seemingly intimidating but loveable and affectionate giant cat that takes turns between piledriving or supplexing opponents to just asking for pets, tummy rubs (reference to the leaked Incineroar art we got earlier with Ash, Pikachu and Mallow) or treats from Ash.

It would be a nice way to give off some continuity to show off how far Ash had come compared to season 1 where if a Pokemon was difficult with him, they remained difficult with him. (Charizard not obeying Ash was a big factor as to why he scored low in the Indigo Conference)

I dunno, it would be a neat concept.

While not normally arboreal as adults this large male Blue Iguana climbed this tree after significant rainfall which left the ground slightly flooded.

In 2007 I had the great privilege of visiting Grand Cayman Island to work with and document the critically endangered Grand Cayman Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi) with the team at the Blue Iguana Recovery Program founded by Fred Burton.

Blue Iguanas are endemic only to the small island of Grand Cayman and as such are at risk habitat destruction, road kills, free-roaming dogs, and feral cats. Thankfully the Blue Iguana Recovery Program (B.I.R.P.) has brought this beautiful iguana back from the brink of extinction with breeding and release programs as well as the acquisition of habitat.

It is the largest native land animal on Grand Cayman with a total nose-to-tail length of 5 ft (1.5 m) and weighing as much as 30 lb (14 kg).

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I went to San Juan, PR a few months ago. There are cats everywhere. Most are incredibly friendly, and very aware of their charm. We met a few that wanted nothing to do with us, and a few that were fascinated by the camera. It’s a beautiful city, with tons of free-roaming cats. Enjoy!

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Dangers to Free-Roaming Cats In Low Traffic Areas

-Dogs. Loose dogs, stray dogs. Dogs in a yard the cat enters. Dogs on a leash, especially a flexi, the owner isn’t paying attention to or can’t control.

-Other cats. Outdoor or indoor/outdoor pet cats, feral cats, stray cats. Disease from other cats, injury from other cats.

-Indigenous fauna. Birds of prey, opossums, and raccoons. Coyotes, foxes, skunks. Alligators, bears, wild cats. No matter where you live, you’ve got at least a couple of these.

-Flora. Indigenous or introduced, many plants are toxic to cats if ingested. Your cat doesn’t know which are okay and which aren’t.

-Human cruelty. Just because you think you know everyone in your neighborhood doesn’t mean you do, and even if you actually do there’s always the possibility of cruel visitors. Deliberate poisoning, beating, hanging, shooting.

-Accidents. Getting hanged, if you don’t have a safety collar or if the safety collar malfunctions. Being crushed, being impaled. Falling. Ingesting leaking anti freeze, or anything else leaking from a car. Household toxins not properly stored or disposed of. Choking.

-Disease and parasites. If you have wildlife, or ferals and strays, you’ve got disease and parasites. Your cat can pick them up in the feces or urine of wild animals, among other ways of being transmitted.

-Roads. Yes, roads. Small roads, road with little traffic, roads with a low speed limit. Cats, and other animals, still die on these roads - oftentimes on accident, sometimes not.