- Mar 1, 2009
- South Dakota
Because if someone has their cat put down for behavioral reasons, they rarely post about it for fear of being bashed. And if they drop their cat at the shelter they don't post in the Bridge section because they want to believe their cat will be adopted. But it happens a lot.Hum.... IMHO I read posts more often on the bridge of cats who ran away and have been hit by a car, or got lost and have never been seen again, or got mawled by dogs......
As far as people wanting to get rid of them? Boy have I seen every reason on the book?
Sure, peeing outside of the litterbox is a big one...... But when someone wants to give the cat away? Not a kitten anymore and got a new puppy will do it. Or moving.... Or getting married and new hubby is not a cat lover..... Or new roomate is not a cat lover.... Or downsizing.... Or the cats are old, and not enjoying life.... now I got these new kittens and they are oh, so much fun! So I am keeping the kittens..... For goodness sakes, I have even seen they don't match the new furniture!
It is SAD, but true.
IMHO cats not going outside have nothing to do with innapropriate uriantion..... therefore nothing to do with innapropriate urination shelter surrender.
IMHO it is totally a personal choice to let them out or not..... But the risks are out there and they are plenty. It can and DO happen any day, out of the blue.
I had cats who were strays, outside cats, who lived from 3 years, to 12 years outside..... and with attention and care they adjusted just fine to a 100% inside only life :dk:
Would they enjoy going outside? I am sure they would..... Do they misse it? My cats don't even remember what it is anymore..... so they don't..... And I rather have them safe.... and yep, they are pretty darn happy in here
And I have known cats who won't use a litterbox, but will go outside and happily pee in the grass and never pee inside as long as they can go out :dk:.
And, yeah, like I said, IF a cat will adjust to living inside, that's what should happen. But some just won't. And it should be taken on an individual basis.