When we first got Rags we were told not to let him outside and my mom didn’t. But as I grew up (I was 10 when we got Rags and he died when I was 29), I started letting him out on the patio. When he was 16, I took him to my house permanently and for the remainder of his life, he went outside nearly every day – WITH ME. I never let him go outside by himself.
Charlie and Trigg have benefited from this practice. But I have created a monster too. Charlie LOVES being outside. And he will beg for it all day long. Every day I devote an hour of my time hanging outside with them and when the temperature is -4 degrees, let me tell you – it’s not FUN! But it gives them so much joy and keeps them entertained, so I do it.
I was raised to believe that fresh air was a good thing. My backyard is totally fenced in – so I just make sure that nothing attacks from above or that there aren’t other animals around. I mean, the dog, next door isn’t a problem – but wandering cats are.
So it begs the question, do you let your cat outside? Why or why not?