Your cat: Inside or outside?
incredibly dull that it’s cruel. Cats need space, and they need to have some fun exploring.
> It’s fun. Cats love lying in the sun, chasing butterflies and playing.
Being outside and having a life of their own gives them true quality of life.
> It’s dangerous – especially if you live in a high-traffic area or in a place with lots of dangerous dogs or nasty people.
> It’s dirty. Actually, cats are very clean animals, but if you have a long-furred cat, there will be extra maintenance.
> Fights. There is a higher chance of your pet getting into trouble with another cat, just like kids in a playground will get into a punch-up.
Your cat may end up with the kitty equivalent of a black eye and a scraped knee.
> Live in a quiet street. A deadend road is ideal. And preferably with neighbours who don’t drive like lunatics.
> Immunise properly. Keep jabs up-to-date so your kitty stays safe from disease, and check your pet every day for lumps, bruises and scratches – just as you would a child.
> Limit playtime. If you establish a routine whereby your pet stays in from 9pm to 6am, you can supervise more closely and there are no midnight surprises.
I was completely baffled by the dynamics of these relationships – until this morning.
I had just given Guido and Target their breakfast, and was opening all the doors for some fresh air, when I saw a small furry ginger face peeking in.
Then I saw a second furry ginger face! It was just like that part in The Ghost And The Darkness when Val Kilmer realises there are two lions, not one.
Anyway, these lions were the furry, friendly type so I had a chat with them. I still don’t know which is the girl I met last year because both of them demanded cuddles.
As there are two neighbours, not one, this may explain why there is this “hot and cold” thing going on. Possibly Target and Guido like one, but not the other. I also suspect Target was visiting one of them in a friendly, neighbourly way on the day he got stuck in the kitchen.
Cats lead complicated lives, and their politics can be Byzantine, so I guess all we can do is watch and learn. With a bit of luck, they’ll all end up friends.
Maybe if I play John Lennon’s Imagine to them, Target will be inspired into behaviour that will lead to the growing out of his bum fur. Then he can look angelic from all angles.
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