There’s two distinct camps when deciding if a cat should be an “indoor only” cat or one that comes and goes. Many believe it goes against the cat’s nature to keep it inside, when it should be outside hunting, climbing trees, chasing bugs and so forth.
For me, it only takes seeing a pile of fur at the side of the road to know which camp I’m in. And I don’t even want to think about coyotes having a tasty meal. In my opinion if a cat is raised inside, with lots of playtime, healthy food and a warm, dry bed then that cat has a quality life.
Driving around in residential areas at night I am always on the lookout for cats trying to cross the road. Sometimes my headlights catch their glowing eyes but many times I just see a dark shape sprinting to make it across. I cringe knowing it’s only a matter of time for that cat NOT to make it. And I get angry at owners that let the cat out in the first place, putting it in harm’s way.
This debate could also include the subject of spaying and neutering, but I’ll save that for another day. Also don’t get me started on declawing a cat!
Which “camp” are you in?