mtbturtle wrote:Lomax, I don't think it's cruel to keep your pets indoors, including cats and have done so with my cats for about 15-20 years. (ok Maxx gets to go outside but only for a few minutes with supervision or leash.) It's better for their health if you don't let them wander around the neighborhood.
Paralith wrote:The American Humane Society states that it is a myth that cats cannot be happy if kept indoors. If given comfortable surroundings, good food, things to climb, things to scratch, and things to chase, cats are very content with an indoor life. And most humane animal associations completely understand and try to limit the effects cats have on local wildlife and each other, when let outside to wander as they please.
Ah, ok. I was under the impression that cats were still instinctively outdoor creatures.
Paralith wrote:Lomax, I'm not sure what you mean by "populations tends to balance out the same either way" - indigenous small animal populations everywhere suffer and shrink when domesticated cats are introduced to their environment. Just do a little searching about the effect of cats on wildlife in Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands if you need convincing.
This is why I should lay off the caffeine. I was thinking that a shrink in prey population causes a shrink in predator population, which in turn causes a boost in prey population, and so on. It somehow passed me by that the cat population wouldn't
shrink because they're getting fed at home. My bad.