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Old 04-03-2009, 08:12 PM   #1
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Pet Owners esp dogs

Do you keep your dogs or cat inside our outside the house when you leave the house?
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Cat, more inside as he gets older (was feral ~11 years ago).
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:29 PM   #4
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Is it normal for cat owners to leave their cats roaming the neighborhood? Some neighbor say its to control rodent?
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Dog, sometimes in sometime out, if we are going to be gone more than 8 hrs or so, outside.
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:36 PM   #6
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I have a doggie door which the dogs and cat use when they want to go in or out. My backyard is fenced so they won't roam the neighborhood.
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:42 PM   #7
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what if your neighbors is a jerk and taunts and antagonize the dog? Then he blames it on you for not properly training your dog. Would you still leave it outside?
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Cats, inside at all times. It's unlawful where I live to let pets roam free and since it's almost impossible to contain cats within the confines of our backyard, we don't let them out of the house.
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:03 PM   #9
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4 acres fenced, all five cats and all five dogs go in and out.
Neighbors are good, crazy, but good about the animals.
We don't complain about the drunken arguments, gunfire, etc,
and they don't complain about the dogs.
It is a good system
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I drop my golden girl off at the doggy day care when I'm gone during the day. Also known as mom. But when I go out at night, she stays in my house.

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Miss Magoo chooses where she wants to be while I run away for a while. Pertfect weather and she lays by the pool. Hot weather and she prefers the AC and tile floors. When it rains she is on her sheepskin. I swear she naps the whole time I am gone and never eats a bite.

If I had a nutty neighbor I would want to protect my pet and keep them in unless I was there.
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Is it normal for cat owners to leave their cats roaming the neighborhood? Some neighbor say its to control rodent?
I've never let my cats roam even when I lived in rural areas.

I let them outside once a day for about half an hour in our fenced backyard. I stay out there with them.
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If I had a neighbor like yours, I'd leave my dog outside, pretend to leave and sneak back and try to observe what my neighbor does.

Then, depending on the results, I'd speak to the neighbor if needed, call the police if needed (neighbor antagonizing the dog) or look for a doggy daycare. Cats are easier to lock inside with a catbox.
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Dog owner here....he's inside but does enjoy his long walks with mom :-)
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Steve, regarding cats, where we live it is completely ordinary for them to be indoor/outdoor in safe neighborhoods. We specifically chose where we bought land and built our house for the suitability to have our animals be indoor/outdoor.
The cats wander over to the neighbors sometimes (the not as crazy ones) and they said they sure like my gray calico, as she patrols their little shed for varmints pretty good. Most of our dogs bark "at" stuff, rather than that terrible keening cry of the lonely suburban dog in the back yard.
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Dogs all our adult lives in a suburban world - inside with/without Supervision, outside only with Supervision. I can't imagine leaving a dog outside alone for more than a minute or two even with fences unless maybe we lived in a rural area such as a farm, but even then I am not sure I could do it.
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My lab (Coal) usually stays inside if I leave him at home but whenever possible I take him with me. If I run short errands, he rides along and hangs out in the car (except on very hot days). My neighbor will sometimes let him out during the day if I am gone more than a few hours.

Coal loves the water but I only give him access to the lake when I can supervise.
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Inside when I’m out, she’s a cat. For exercise, I run her up and down the common staircases in the apt. bldg. when I go to get the mail or do laundry in the basement. I found a previous cat behind the dryer.

Saw a woman struggling with her cat carrier in Chinatown. Helped her carry it and she told me that contrary to popular belief, abandoned cats get very skinny in Chinatown because there are not enough rats to feed them. Maybe it was just a Chinese New Year’s joke? This is the year of the ox, last year was the year of the rat. Why is it that there is a year of the dog but no year of the cat, unless the tiger fills that niche.
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what if your neighbors is a jerk and taunts and antagonize the dog? Then he blames it on you for not properly training your dog. Would you still leave it outside?
I antagonize my neighbor's dog. It is a "trained" German shepherd guard dog and is constrained by an invisible fence. I antagonize it by working in my yard, getting mail from my mailbox, taking out the trash cans, walking down the street, having friends over, etc. I guess that makes me a jerk, too.
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