Submitted by Bezotcovschina in AskRaddle
Skipping the question about the whole ethics of having pets:
So, my cats are outdoor cats. Always have been. And, honestly, I've never ever thought about is it good or bad. Well, I assumed it's good, because... it's good - they left whenever they like and come back whenever they feel like it and who am I to keep them locked in a flat. Yes they bring a mouse or two per year, one bird maybe once in two years, but that's how life goes, right? Predators hunt. Yes, they not even hungry, but people made them like that, so what?
But today I've stumbled upon an opinion that outdoor cats are big no-no. Not every their kill they show me. And it's my duty, as a member of specie that made them like so, to hold them isolated from wildlife.
I'm feeling very conflicted. I can understand the reasons for keeping cats indoor only. But... I don't know, they are used to it.
So, what do you think?
tuesday wrote (edited )
You're letting a predator out into the world, which is like cool, if there were other predators that could even the odds. Predator prey natural systems have balances so that no one is too powerful. Like in the wild maybe lions are the top predator but there's a bunch of other animals that can get lucky and take out a lion to keep that population under control. There's nothing out there doing the same for domestic cats in human population centers.
Instead they just attack the local bird, lizard and other small animal population that are already at risk with the suburbanization of what little wild lands we have left. And like I haven't read the studies but reports about it have said that domestic cats have hunted to extinction several species of small mammals, lizards, birds and other small animals.
Everyone argues that it's so natural for cats to be outside, and like sure, in places where they can actually exist within the ecosystem. But that's not where we are. And I understand the desire to let cats be the animals they want to be but whether we domesticated them or not, we did build a society where they are able to be an almost unchecked predator that reproduces quickly and has given us a hand in causing the extinction of countless species. That's on us. And the remedy to that is to make sure that cats stay inside, and that the ones that aren't inside are fixed.