Should cats be kept outdoors in Taiwan
- Generally, Yes
- Generally, No
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Anyway, many thanks for your helpful comments at this time. If you want to discuss this further, please do so in another thread. Thanks.[/quote]There is no need to be sarcastic, Sean. Not like I can help you much with this from Kaohsiung, and you know that I’m saddened the cat went missing, and I strongly hope that the cat will be found, or will return.
I feel compelled, however, to tell others that this is the risk one takes when letting their cat go outside in the city. For the sake of other cats! Same as you feel compelled to tell others about the risks of buying animals from breeders when someone post about his cat that has FIP. These comments are never helpful because it’s a bit late to warn someone of certain risks once the damage is already done. But they do have the effect of making others aware that this is the chance they take when buying an animal from a breeder, or when letting their cat wander outside in the city.
If you disagree, and want to advocate letting cats out who meow or scratch to go outside, that’s your choice, but I won’t.
I can see your point about not wanting to be cruel to a cat by keeping it indoor. 5 years of happy life might be better than 15 years being frustrated. It might be… The thing is, the cat in question is 18 months old. I think that speaks for itself. Cats should not be let outside in the city as it’s a heartbreak waiting to happen. Sooner than later in some cases…
[quote]This is a situation that we know all too well about, of course. We prefer to give the owner the right advice as per their situation, but allow them to make their own decision.[/quote]More or less, Sean. If someone adopts a dog from AT and makes the decision to cage the dog 24/7, will you let him/her make that decision?
No offense intended whatsoever, but in my book, letting a cat go outside is just too big a risk, and if adopters decide to do that, we most likely will repossess the cat if the adopter refuses to amend the risk they pose to the animal.
This said, there are some cats who will become extremely frustrated if they can’t go outside, and perhaps that’s the case with your cat. The thing is, it’s letting the cat out in the first place(or rescued street cat) that leads to the cat’s need to go outside/frustration if unable to go outside.
The bottom line is that cats should not be let outside in the city, especially in a city where thousands of stray dogs roam about. That’s all I’m saying.
I don’t know the situation with your cat, nor with the currently missing cat. Like I said, some rescued cats, or cats owned by people who blindly let them out at a young age develop a very strong need to go outside. These are the only exceptions to the rule, IMO. Other cats should be strictly indoor pets unless you live in a country side that is free of predators, and there are no such places in Taiwan. Some outdoor cats are lucky, others not so lucky.
Looking forward to hear the family is re-united.