Cats will be happy inside
This letter is a reply to Susan Tennant’s letter to the editor.
Thank you very much for helping me educate people on feline distemper and feline leukemia. Maybe with more than just me speaking out about it, somebody will listen.
As for not all cats being comfortable living inside – bull. They are looking for a safe place inside to stretch out where they do not have to look over their shoulders to see if danger is coming. I have been taking strays, booted-out or left-behind abandoned cats and acclimating them to a life indoors where it’s safe for 20-plus years. Don’t tell me it can’t be done or they’d rather be outdoors. Bull. I am living proof; this is what I do.
I’ve had the same 12 cats for 15 years, eight taken from outside. They were acclimated from outdoors to indoors and now they know true happiness. If you have cats that won’t come inside, that means something and it’s up to you to figure out what the problem is and correct it. If you show a cat the litter box, the food dish, give it treats and catnip and touch therapy, they are ecstatic to be inside in a warm bed, and not to have to watch every direction for danger. They are silently begging to be let inside and be loved and pampered.
I am glad you made provisions for your outdoor cats; most people do not. But that does not change the fact they are still outside in possible danger from other animals coming into your yard. Good luck to you and your babies and what you do and I’ll keep acclimating outdoor cats to be indoors, with a family and a place to truly stretch out. As for your outdoor cats, I’ll pray they stay safe, even though they rely on you for safety, and when they are outdoors, you can’t promise them that.