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Old 04-08-2009, 05:09 AM   #41
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I have cat door and my and roommates/girlfriends cats (which has varied from 2 to 5 over the last 5 years) spend a fair amount of time outside. My house is in an extremely pet friendly area no cars, coyotes, snakes or other dangerous things.
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:27 AM   #42
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It seems like the majority of people here keep the dog inside the house. Learn something new all the time. I always thought if you have a yard thats where the dog goes.
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Cats do what they like with their subfloor access to the house. If they get hit by a car one day that's just more catfood for me to stock up for early retirement.
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4 cats, indoor/outdoor. They have a pet door. Most of the time they stay indoors, venturing out onto the screened-in porch. There's a 2nd pet door from the porch to outside. The yard isn't fenced, so they can wander about if they like.

One of our almost-one-year olds has decided to become a hunter. Over the last few weeks, he brought inside a headless small rabbit and a live bird. The bird flew away after I caught and released it, so hopefully it lived. I'm hoping that if I keep taking his toys away from him, he'll stop bringing them inside. Almost more disturbing was the appearance of half a dozen feathers near the base of the stairs last week with no signs of a captured bird.

We have another cat who enjoys hunting my dirty clothes. Last night she brought a pair of my exercise shorts down the stairs, growling all the while. At least clothes-hunting leaves less of a mess.
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One of our almost-one-year olds has decided to become a hunter. Over the last few weeks, he brought inside a headless small rabbit and a live bird.
Stray/roaming cats were becoming a nuisance at our friends rural home where they hid themselves near birdfeeders and knocked off song birds as they snacked. Very upsetting to our friends whose hobby is bird watching.

Last visit we noticed a 22 with a scope near the door. A short while later a bird feasting kitty was spotted and, yep, quickly dispatched! I was kind of shocked to say the least. The dead kitty was placed on a large rock out back where scavangers found and removed it by the next morning.

Around there, I'd keep my kitties inside!
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The hawks kill more of my feeder birds than the cat does. I figure it's all part of the local ecology.
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The hawks kill more of my feeder birds than the cat does. I figure it's all part of the local ecology.
Yeah. Hawks are a part of nature and processes that aren't pushed by mankind.

An inconsiderate neighbor who never spays or neuters their outdoor animals and results in more than a dozen stray cats and/or dogs, on the other hand...
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Yeah. Hawks are a part of nature and processes that aren't pushed by mankind.

An inconsiderate neighbor who never spays or neuters their outdoor animals and results in more than a dozen stray cats and/or dogs, on the other hand...
I assure you that all of my cats are (have been) neutered; and I agree it is inconsiderate/stupid not to do so.
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I assure you that all of my cats are (have been) neutered; and I agree it is inconsiderate/stupid not to do so.
I wouldn't imagine you'd do otherwise. I'm just venting a little about my neighbors. Nice people, all of them, but with a blind spot about letting all their (unsterilized) critters run around and raise hell.
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Stray/roaming cats were becoming a nuisance at our friends rural home where they hid themselves near birdfeeders and knocked off song birds as they snacked. Very upsetting to our friends whose hobby is bird watching.

Last visit we noticed a 22 with a scope near the door. A short while later a bird feasting kitty was spotted and, yep, quickly dispatched! I was kind of shocked to say the least. The dead kitty was placed on a large rock out back where scavangers found and removed it by the next morning.

Around there, I'd keep my kitties inside!
That's horrible. Your friends killed the cat? I would never ever have a "friend" like that.
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Stray/roaming cats were becoming a nuisance at our friends rural home where they hid themselves near birdfeeders and knocked off song birds as they snacked. Very upsetting to our friends whose hobby is bird watching.

Last visit we noticed a 22 with a scope near the door. A short while later a bird feasting kitty was spotted and, yep, quickly dispatched! I was kind of shocked to say the least. The dead kitty was placed on a large rock out back where scavangers found and removed it by the next morning.

Around there, I'd keep my kitties inside!
Good solution or cruelty?
A different persepctive from a gal who lives in a rural area...
I live right near 2 dairy farms. Feral (wild) cats are abundant, i.e. they multiply quickly. The farmers allow them to live in the barns and storage areas for protection for their feed grain.
None of these cats have shots and rabies is a huge concern because they capture and eat field mice, squirrels, chipmunks, etc. These cats are most likely carrying all sorts of other feline diseases.
I'm guessing the farmers will periodically thin the herd so as not to be overrun.
I have had feral cats wander over to my property and set up camp under my front steps, waiting for a handout. I would not shoot them, but dh2b would not hesitate if the cat was acting strangely or more arrived to set up camp. Fortunately, they moved on when no food was provided.
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Since I have a townhome with no yard I take my dog outside when he needs to go for walks and recreation but otherwise he's housebound, except when in the car with me. Most dogs are on leashes in the neighborhood but there are a very, very few dogs that everyone tolerates off leash. One is a cute little fluffy Havanese who never barks and is sweet to all. The other is the neighborhood elder dog, a German Shepherd with an air of been there, done that. Everyone, animals and people, respect him and give him his space as he saunters about leashless with his guardian following behind.

Cats roaming free here are a dicey proposition. We have coyotes, cougars, and great horned owls. Cats do get let out during the day but are inside at night. Still, quite often you see posters with pictures of missing cats. "Have you seen Fluffy? She didn't come home last night."
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When I had two Siberian Huskies they stayed in the fenced-in back yard when we weren't home, as they were prone to chewing on things other than approved chew toys. They had a carpeted dog house, food and water, although more often than not I'd find them under the snow or romping in the rain. If it was hot they'd dig a hole under the overhang of the house.

During the night they came inside. They also learned how to spell "park", and would jump into open car windows instead of waiting for a door to be opened.
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