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Q: My cat and his sunbathing - what's wrong with that?

October 19, 2008 | By Cindy | 5 answers | Expired: 2213 days ago

Cindy

I asked a question about when it was safe to allow my kttens outdoors. I didn't plan on leaving them run free, but just letting the neighbor kids play with them under controlled circumstances. I don't believe in letting cats roam free or indoor/outdoor cats for the reasons people stated in their reply to my question.

However, when I'm sitting outside or when I was working in the garden at my previous home I allowed my cat outside with me under close supervision. He was soemtimes leashed and tied, same as my dogs. My pets have never been allowed outside unattended.

So what's wrong with allowing my cat to sit with me on the porch or on the front lawn occasionally?

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Kelly
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Oct 20, 2008

My cats are all rescues so they came from an outdoor world. We have a cat fence around our backyard & allow our cats to go out back but still with supervision. They love being able to roll in & eat the grass or just take in the scents of outside. They roll in the dirt, on the concrete, in the grass & enjoy every second of it. They know that they don't go outside unless they have their collars & tags on so I don't have a problem with them darting out the door on other occasions either, but jingle their collars & they're lined up.

Before we had a cat-safe fence & a ton of rescue & foster cats, as well as those of our own, I used to take the two I had out on a leash. They loved their time outdoors even if it was attached to a leash.

I now have senior with renal failure & was told to take her outside every day because of the benefits.

There's nothing wrong with allowing your cat time outdoors as long as you train it at the door & keep it on a leash or some other safety device. A cat's natural instinct is to be outdoors so, as long as they're safe, it is good for their mental well-being.

All that being said, I wouldn't allow my cat in the front yard without some sort of restraint. Even under constant supervision, something could spook your cat or it could chase a bug & it could take off in a dangerous direction.

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Joyce M.
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Oct 19, 2008

I don't think its a bad thing to do. The one thing that would worry me is that the cat may want to go outdoors and sneak out when you open your door.

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kelly g.
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Oct 19, 2008

I think its great for cats/kittens to get some sunshine as you say, today i was out on our outside patio and watched the kitty roll around playing with leaves and laying in the sunshine...i think all living things need nature, the outside , along with the sunshine.

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