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Why do people let there cats run free?

mastifflover
July 28th, 2009, 08:21 PM
I am so upset I just saw a poor cat get hit by a car. The cat just ran out in front of the car there was no way to stop in time, the man got out of his car and the cat seemed to be okay but he wanted to take it to a vet (Of course I had to stop). The owner of the cat came running out of the house and before the man could say anything she started yelling at him and cursing him, so he just walked away got in his car and drove away. I yelled at her to shut up because he actually wanted to take the cat to the vet to see if it was okay and she is the one who was truly at fault for letting her cat run free. I thought she was going to hit me for saying that. I also left her standing there yelling I felt bad for the cat because I doubt she will seek any opinion from a vet if her cat is okay. I just do not get it why so many people let them run free?

TacoGrl
July 28th, 2009, 10:05 PM
Because some people are ***holes.

edwina
July 28th, 2009, 10:13 PM
I hate people like that, its not like the guy hit the cat on purpose. At least he stopped, he didnt have to. I dont get people like that. :wall:

Love4himies
July 29th, 2009, 07:14 AM
I don't get it either :yell: :frustrated:. People think they are doing their cats a favour by letting them roam.

Even if the cat seemed fine, it is possible that it had a broken pelvis or other injuries.

I hope she takes it to the vet. :pray:

hazelrunpack
July 29th, 2009, 07:30 AM
Someone once told me that when a pet is hit by a car, "There are no careless drivers, just careless pet owners." Not sure if I believe that 100% because sometimes luck conspires to put everyone in a bad place and tragedy happens, but in this case, it sure seems to hold true.

:goodvibes: for the kitty and bless the guy who stopped to make sure the kitty was okay!

ancientgirl
July 29th, 2009, 07:53 AM
Because they don't care. Sorry, but if you are a cat owner, I think the most responsible thing to do is keep your cat inside or in an area where you KNOW they won't get out.

BenMax
July 29th, 2009, 08:30 AM
All my cats are or where indoor cats except for 1. He was a feral cat that was sterilized later in life. If he did not get out, he would destroy the place and spray everywhere. Such a little demon he was.:evil:

The option to let him have his way was due to the constant badgering. I let him out after trying for 8 months of keeping him home safe and sound. Yes he died due to renal failure.

There are various reasons why people do it - but I do not think that 100% of those people do not care nor do I think all are A-holes.

It is abolutely the right thing to keep them indoors but there are circumstances for some I guess. I don't think that people can say everyone is ignorant for letting their cats out.

My very daring :2cents:.

ancientgirl
July 29th, 2009, 09:01 AM
All my cats are or where indoor cats except for 1. He was a feral cat that was sterilized later in life. If he did not get out, he would destroy the place and spray everywhere. Such a little demon he was.:evil:

The option to let him have his way was due to the constant badgering. I let him out after trying for 8 months of keeping him home safe and sound. Yes he died due to renal failure.

There are various reasons why people do it - but I do not think that 100% of those people do not care nor do I think all are A-holes.

It is abolutely the right thing to keep them indoors but there are circumstances for some I guess. I don't think that people can say everyone is ignorant for letting their cats out.

My very daring :2cents:.

I do understand your point. For me, if I had a cat that I had the same issues with, I'd build them some sort of outside enclosure. In that case, hopefully I would be living in a house.

When I first had Czari inside, she peed all over the bathroom, and on several of my cushions. After that, when I'd begun looking for ways to get her to stop doing that she got away from me. Luckily, the second time around I was in a better situation and was able to manage her stress better.

I don't know. I just don't think any cat should be left outside to fend for themselves. :shrug:

14+kitties
July 29th, 2009, 09:17 AM
If all cats could be inside or a managed outside situation the world would be a much better place. Will we live to see the day? Not likely. :frustrated: It would be wonderful if we could see vast improvments though. :fingerscr

I thought I had ferals that would stay away from the road. Li'l Momma :rip: showed me differently. I don't blame the car that hit her, although it would have been nice had they stopped :sad:. I blame myself for not moving her to a safer place. But I also know she would have been miserable in an enclosed area and would have found a way to escape.

adammo
July 29th, 2009, 09:41 AM
If all cats could be inside or a managed outside situation the world would be a much better place. Will we live to see the day? Not likely. :frustrated: It would be wonderful if we could see vast improvments though. :fingerscr

I thought I had ferals that would stay away from the road. Li'l Momma :rip: showed me differently. I don't blame the car that hit her, although it would have been nice had they stopped :sad:. I blame myself for not moving her to a safer place. But I also know she would have been miserable in an enclosed area and would have found a way to escape.


I don't have much to work on, but I believe that things are getting better. The mentality that I commonly hear is let the cats enjoy themselves outside as that is what they like. I don't subscibe to this which is why I began walking Pepper as a young adult on a leash 3 years ago. I took a ton of grief for it! There are not too many males out there that would get away with walking around with a cat on a leash, but I didn't care as long as Pepper was happy. I believe that is why most just let cats roam free as they don't want to put the effort into it. But I must say I never saw anyone with a cat on a leash 3 years ago. This past year, i've seen 2 people on the sidewalk walking a cat :). Slowely but surely!

BenMax
July 29th, 2009, 09:46 AM
I don't have much to work on, but I believe that things are getting better. The mentality that I commonly hear is let the cats enjoy themselves outside as that is what they like. I don't subscibe to this which is why I began walking Pepper as a young adult on a leash 3 years ago. I took a ton of grief for it! There are not too many males out there that would get away with walking around with a cat on a leash, but I didn't care as long as Pepper was happy. I believe that is why most just let cats roam free as they don't want to put the effort into it. But I must say I never saw anyone with a cat on a leash 3 years ago. This past year, i've seen 2 people on the sidewalk walking a cat :). Slowely but surely!

Wonderful solution!:thumbs up

NoahGrey
July 29th, 2009, 09:51 AM
I love when I get the comment " I can't control my cat, it wants outside". I am like, It's a cat...how can a cat have control over you...geesh. I too hate seeing cats roam. Not only is it not safe for them, but for small wildlife as well.

It's just lack of responisblity. Or if you are an older generation..It could be that you think still think cats belong outside and that they are happiest when they are. My grandpa thinks that cats should be outdoors. Hence, why I won't let him get a cat *lol* I talk blue in the face too him about it, yet he thinks that I am in the wrong.

ACO22

BenMax
July 29th, 2009, 09:53 AM
:laughing:I love when I get the comment " I can't control my cat, it wants outside". I am like, It's a cat...how can a cat have control over you...geesh. I too hate seeing cats roam. Not only is it not safe for them, but for small wildlife as well.

It's just lack of responisblity. Or if you are an older generation..It could be that you think still think cats belong outside and that they are happiest when they are. My grandpa thinks that cats should be outdoors. Hence, why I won't let him get a cat *lol* I talk blue in the face too him about it, yet he thinks that I am in the wrong.

ACO22

LOL ACO22 - I knew you where coming....ok let me have it!

Marty11
July 29th, 2009, 10:51 AM
My backyard faces vacant land and I tell you there are a dozen cats that run around and have huge cat fights. I drives my two terriers nuts, no wander when they see a cat they want to kill it. They see it as fair game. Also the fact that I see some of them go through my garbage, and use my front garden as a kitty litter. I never let my cats out in the past with the exception of a barn cat that was abandoned with a previous farmhouse. My beautiful persion mix of 18 years snuck out once and came home with serious injuries and even the vet specialist said they would not repair his broken bones because of his age, so we put down a very nice cat that was very young at heart and still in incredible shape.

mastifflover
July 29th, 2009, 08:14 PM
Well it seems the cat is okay it was roaming around outside again. Of course the owner was nowhere around. But he or she did seem a little cautious of the road and did not seem to be getting too close. Gee the cat is smarter than the owner. Thanks for responding everyone I felt so bad for this cat. It made me feel better to hear from responsible owners

14+kitties
July 29th, 2009, 09:11 PM
My backyard faces vacant land and I tell you there are a dozen cats that run around and have huge cat fights. I drives my two terriers nuts, no wander when they see a cat they want to kill it. They see it as fair game. Also the fact that I see some of them go through my garbage, and use my front garden as a kitty litter. I never let my cats out in the past with the exception of a barn cat that was abandoned with a previous farmhouse. My beautiful persion mix of 18 years snuck out once and came home with serious injuries and even the vet specialist said they would not repair his broken bones because of his age, so we put down a very nice cat that was very young at heart and still in incredible shape.

Are the cats that roam behind your place owned or stray or feral? Or a combination? Have you ever tried to get in touch with Toronto Cat Rescue? If there is a colony back there maybe they could help you out. If there is fighting it could be intact males and females in heat causing the majority.
The website is......
http://www.torontocatrescue.ca/store/index.asp
You can contact them through the site. See if someone is available in your area to help you out.

jazzy
July 30th, 2009, 02:30 AM
I used to have a kitty who hated my apartment. At any given chance she'd make a break for it. If I opened the door to go to work, class, take out the trash, or have friends over, she'd race outside. It drove me nuts when she went outside--she'd be roaming for days, weeks, and sometimes months. I went crazy wondering if she was okay. I searched for her, but found nothing.

One time after she had been missing for about a month, I got a call from an older woman who had caught her. She was living happy in that home! It was a small house, only slightly bigger than my apartment. She shared it with three shelties, too! So happy there. The woman said that she didn't once try to escape.

My kitty now is in a different home. It made me very sad to give her up (and still does) but I'd rather have her safe and happy in a new home than trying to constantly escape mine.

The worst part of this all...I got told off for this! Several ladies I know called me an awful pet owner for trying to keep my cat indoors. They all agreed that cats belong outdoors and should be able to roam as they please.

im_nomad
August 3rd, 2009, 01:42 PM
I hear you, this place is like an obstacle course some days, it's a small town and everyone seems to let their cats roam free, if they're not running across the road, numerous times there'll be one just sitting there in the middle of the street sunning itself.

I've heard the "cats are meant to roam" argument from cat owners, and my first thought is that i'm pretty sure dogs like to run too, but it's rare to see that (I think it's irresponsible for any pet owner to let a pet run free IMHO, unless you happen to live in the middle of nowhere on a farm or some sort).

One of the things that bugs me about that is that if WERE to let my dog run free, she'd be in the pound before I could bat an eye.

Never mind the ones that stink up your doors and such by peeing there. :yuck:

A friend of mine has a cat that they put out on a long lead in the yard because it couldn't be trusted not to run away or something.

One can only hope that the cat lady was upset, and hence the yelling. But people should never have to take care of other people's pets, which is in essence what cat owners like this are doing when they let them out for other people to have to watch out for.

friend2animals
August 12th, 2009, 01:25 PM
My cat had always been an indoor cat for the majority of his life because I lived in a very busy, high traffic urban area. I had also seen some very sad, unfortunate accidents occur when neighboring cats were roaming free, outside.

I had, on the rare occasion, allowed my cat outside, but at this time, I was living in the middle of nowhere, and it was only in the daylight for short periods of time, with my supervision. My cat seemed interested only in finding a sunny place to lie down, and chirp at the butterflies and birds. He would then come back when I called his name and whistled for him:angel:

I am aware that there are varying spins on the topic and issue of indoor/outdoor cats, and owners and Vets alike have strong opinions about this. My reasons for having an indoor cat had been based on the dangers of the outside environment, and when these threats were no longer a reality, I
actually enjoyed having him spend time outdoors - he always looked so happy and content rolling around on the grass in the sunshine...:lovestruck: