M.O. asks from Chicago, IL on July 20, 2008
Neighbor Lets Cat Live Outside
We have a neighbor who lets their cat live outside. I am a huge cat lover and have 3 indoor cats. The best place for a cat to live is indoors away from predators and disease. I have seen the cat laying under cars to get away from the hot sun...I just feel so bad for the kitty- it looks so dirty too. Should I talk to him? Or should I just stay out of it? I really don't know what to do.
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Thanks so much for all your advice. Next time I see the cat I am going to check if it is declawed. Then I will go talk to the man and find out about the situation...it could be possible that the cat just likes living outside like many of your cats. I am so glad I posted before I did anything about the cat.
A.B. answers from Chicago on July 22, 2008
I am glad that you posted this, but disheartened by everyone's attitude. I, also, am having an issue with my neighbor's outdoor cats - especially because they are using my FENCED yard for their litter box, as well as one morning coming out of my front door to finding cat vomit on my doormat. Yuck.
S.E. answers from Chicago on July 21, 2008
It's a cat. A cat is an animal, it's natural habitat is the outdoors. It is natural for cats to hunt smaller animals like mice, birds etc. for food. That's the natural order of things. When we lived in the country, the cats very seldom came inside. Now that I live in the city, my cat spends much time outside and when it's really hot he likes to go outside and sit under a bush in the shade. Two other families in my building have cats they don't let outside. We don't find fault in each others choices. And everyone loves to visit with my cat when they are outside. If you are so worried about the cat, go over to it and pet it and leave a bowl of water or dry food out for it.
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T.C. answers from Bloomington on July 21, 2008
I think you should keep your nose out of it.
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K.S. answers from Chicago on July 20, 2008
I am also a huge cat lover. I have had many cats in my lifetime. Most of the cats I have owned have been outdoor cats. Most of the time, my cats have spend tons of time outside in the summer. In the winter they do tend to spend most of their time indoors. I have had a couple of cats who just prefered to be outdoors. When I made them stay in they would cry and cry at the door. I don't think cats really mind being outdoors. If your neighbors cat wanted to come in, I think he would spend a lot of the day crying at the door to come in. My outdoor cats definitly let me know when they want to come in. If you see the cat laying around, looking content, he probably is pretty happy.
That is very nice of you be to so concerned about your neighbor's cat! You must be a great person!! Thanks for looking out the our furry friends.
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B.G. answers from Rockford on July 21, 2008
Sorry Michelle, but are you kidding??? Cats are animals, animals like to be outside. The heat?? I have 3 cats and they love nothing better than to find a sunny very hot spot and sprawl out. They can come in when ever they want, however they prefer to be out most of the day. I would be soooo angry if someone called animal controll on me. It happened in the past over our dogs liking to lay under our trapolene. A neighbor called animal control saying we were neglecting them!!! After a few of these calls and we moved!
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K.S. answers from Chicago on July 21, 2008
stay out of it.
If you see genuine neglect, you could call the city but then realize it may be put to sleep.
S.E. answers from Chicago on July 20, 2008
I am a cat lover also. We have 2 wonderful chubby cats in our home. We never let our cats outside because of the reasons you gave. I don't know if they really want to go outside, I think they like their care free life inside.
As far as your neighbor is concerned check with the local city hall to see what the laws are. Most towns have the same laws for cats as they have for dogs, they just do not enforce them. Our neighbor lets their cats out all the time. I ask why they do this, their response was that I don't need a litter box if they go outside. Most people who let their cats out know the risks to their cats, but they just don't look at their cats as a members of their family they just look at them as a pet that can be replaced.
It would not hurt to say something to your neighbor but be prepared to be shot down. More than likely he just will not care but it will not hurt to try. Boy I hope I am wrong and you will open his eyes to the safety of his cat.
You can also call your local animal control and they will come and talk to your neighbor.
I wish you luck... One cat lover to another...>''<
T. answers from Chicago on July 20, 2008
H.S. answers from Peoria on July 21, 2008
I have neighbors who cats live outdoors so they will look dirty compared to a cat living inside. But these cats have plenty of water to drink, look well feed, and have a cat house in the back. Remeber, the last thing you need is an angry neighbor because an angry neighbor is an enemy you do not need. So don't say anything to them or anyone else or your life will be miserable. Is the cat just dirty or does it also look malnourished. Does it have fleas, mange, sores? Take a few pictures of the cat from different angles withour anyone knowing and take them with you to the humane society. Tell them the situation and they will decide if there is cause for a visit. Also, you did not say if you live in town or in the country. Many towns have ordinances that require cats to be kept in doors, and when outside they must be on a leash. If this is the case the Humane society will pay them a visit. Good Luck