Should Indoor Cat Be Allowed Outside

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Should an indoor cat be allowed outside? One visitor wonders if he's being overly protective of his feline.

Question: Should Indoor Cat Be Allowed Outside?

I have a nine-month-old white male cat named Mocata. He has one blue eye and one green. I haven't been able to determine whether he is slightly deaf, although I've done my research on the blue-eyed side theory. I believe he can definitely hear something.

I haven't let him out yet as he doesn't respond very well to his name, and I have to 'click' to him to get him to come. My other two cats, Dave and DeRichleu, go out during the day, and Mocata would like to join them but:

  • I'm not sure if he would come back if I called him.
  • I'm worried he'd get stolen because he's so friendly and cute.
  • He is extremely boisterous, playful and brave, and I am seriously worried he'd try to play with a strange cat and get severely attacked.

Am I being silly and too protective, or should I let him out? He gets along great with Dave, but my little DeRich doesn't like him anywhere near her. She growls and hisses, although I find them asleep next to each other with me when I wake up.

All my cats are neutered/spayed. I've had cats for nine years, but I've never had one quite like Mocata! One in a million is an understatement!

Thanks!

Expert Reply

I have to admit, I'm not a fan of turning house cats outside to play. There are a lot of risks involved, many of which you have already mentioned.

In my opinion, it would be far safer to keep Mocata indoors. He's not familiar with the neighborhood or how to deal with traffic. And yes, you won't be able to count on him coming back to you when you call.

Perhaps you could compromise by taking him outside with a leash and harness? This would ensure you of some control over him, and he would still get some fresh air and mental stimulation. It's definitely something to consider.

Thanks for your question~~ Kelly

Should Indoor Cat Be Allowed Outside