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Why is it acceptable to let cats roam, but not dogs?

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Amethyst, May 3, 2011.


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  1. Amethyst

    Amethyst PetForums VIP

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    I don't want to get accused of anything "norty" like deflecting form someones thread topic, so ...

    As being discussed ... why do some people think it okay to allow their cats wander, while (quite rightly) they would not allow their dogs to do the same?

    Any cats we have in the future will be indoor cats, but years ago our family cats came and went at will ... thankfully we had worked out how to neuter them though :D

    Are we simply following old traditional thought if we let them roam? Do we allow it for thier convenience or ours?

    Does acknowledging their "independence" mean we should sacrifice their safety?
     
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    I havent seen other thread - but personally I know my cat would be miserable if she had to stay indoors all the time. So although I worry about her safety I would prefer her to have a shorter happyier life than live til she is really old and be miserable.

    Just my thoughts on my own cat :D
     
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    I think they are two totally different kettles of fish and you cant compare...??
     
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    I'm not really sure about this thread. Are you implying that those of who let our cats out care any less about them than those who keep them indoors? And are purely doing it for convenience? Because I'm sorry but I would have to disagree.
     
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    Why? Cats face similar, very similar risks that dogs do?

    They get attacked by dogs, hit by cars, poisoned, abused by people. I have never come across a dog being shot, but several cats.
     
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    might Face simalar risks but they are two totally different animals!
     
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    Personally, I feel if cats have a right to "roam" for their own health and enrichment then so should every other animal we choose to domesticate. For obvious reasons though, this is completely out of the question!
    Dogs roaming are a potential threat to humans as if left to their own devices they would potentially end up totally unsocialised and dangerous.
    Hamsters, mice, rats, rabbits etc aren't allowed to roam for their own safety (not to mention their pest status when wild!).
    Cats on the other hand are viewed in the middle, not dangerous to humans and much more capable of avoiding harm.
    Cats were also useful when left free roaming for controlling vermin... Opinion doesn't seem to have changed much over the years.

    I personally don't like cats roaming. If Cassie hadn't come to me as an avid hater of the indoors then she would have been an indoor cat.
    Since she injured her leg a couple of days ago she's had to be kept in, and to be honest, I'm hoping to try again to keep her as an indoor cat (I won't be holding my breath though!)
     
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    I guess it's asking simply why we (generalising) find it acceptable/or did to let cats roam but not dogs.

    My thoughts are it's a traditional thing ... but that's just my opinion.
     
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    I realise they are different animals :)

    But do you think it acceptable to expose cats to all the risks by allowing them to roam, while not wanting your (generalising) dog to roam.

    Many dogs would love to roam the street, oblivious to their own danger or the danger they may cause, but good owners don't allow it :eek:

    Years ago all the dogs in our street used to roam, play with us kids and follow us all over, they were happy as Larry ... but looking back I am horrified :rolleyes:
     
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    I'd also like to dispute the convenience issue. For me, Loki being outside is far from convenient. I worry about him, have to keep going out to call him every 10 minutes so I know where he is, can't go out unless he is back inside etc. It would be much more convenient if he was indoors and I would know exactly where he was at all times. For me personally, his enjoyment of being outdoors wins over my "convenience."
     
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    Also, I don't have dogs so I don't know, but is it not illegal to let dogs roam the streets?
     
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    The convenience point was a "point" not saying that is the reason people do it, though I know some do ...
     
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    Because it's traditional. Dog owners realised it's too dangerous to let their dogs out to run fweeee yet cat owners still seem to insist they must go out and kill things/get killed. You put exactly the same risks of letting free roaming animals to dog and cat owners the dog owners would be horrified at the idea cat owners just seem to shrug it off. Oh well you have to let them out otherwise you'll find little kitty sized nooses lying around and besides litter trays stink damn it and we don't want the hassle of having to clean those :rolleyes:
     
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    Your dog could indeed be officially picked up as a stray ... and of course your cat could to by a rescue if someone called them. Both in theory would be returned if you had an up to date chip in them :)

    If not ...
     
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    I think perhaps that the reasons why people let their cats out are dated, and not in time with the way things are in the modern world.

    I can understand why people let their cats out, but I couldn't ever do it again personally.

    You only have to look at approximate stats of the number of cars on the road year by year. In the 60's there was about 10 million on the road, today there is more than 35 million on the road. So compared to the 60's your cat is more than 3 times more likely to get hit by a car.

    If you could live somewhere that isn't like the modern world (thinking about some of the Isles around the UK) then maybe the risks are much less ... I'd possibly reconsider in those circumstances.
     
  16. I would not know, I dont let my cats or dogs out.
    When I moved my mother said "Oh your cats can go out now" and to put it politely I told her no way, there are more dangers than just cars.
     
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    I'd think along the same lines, there must be some safe places, but not many if any in built up areas. I have "scraped too many cats off roads" ...not mine but other peoples .... to justify letting any cat of mine out now :(

    Maybe when we move to that elusive perfect place things will be different :rolleyes:
     
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    well said.
     
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    wow is this the "we hate outdoor cats" thread???!!!

    The reason you dont let dogs roam the street is for the publics safety!!! Even the nicest, friendliest dog in the world can do an awful lot of damage to a person when threatened!

    Cats are completely different creatures and quite frankly letting them "roam" outdoors is not outdated traditional views - its a personal choice for each owner to decide!

    Mine are indoor/outdoor (except one) and they go out during the day and come in at tea time at the latest as we get alot of teenagers round here during the night.

    Some cats are quite happy to be indoors only and some would prefer to be outdoors all day and night if they could.

    Yes there are loads more cars on the road now and my cats are 3 times more likely to get run over, but my kids also have that same risk, infact they have ALL the same risks that the cats do AND more but if I were to keep them confined to the house I'd soon have social services knocking on my door!
     
  20. Cockerpoo lover

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    One can never truly domesticate a cat.

    They tolerate us humans- we all know that they own us :D

    A cat will hunt and look after itself whereas your dog prefers you to look after it.

    Some cats are happy to be indoors whereas others hate it. Whilst it is fraught with danger out there does it make it right to keep a cat in because YOU want to protect it a much as you can despite it being miserable as hell indoors?
     
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