The other day, I had an idea. It seems to me that the instincts of a housecat are not really that different from those of a lion or tiger. I was watching something on the Discovery Channel showing a leopard hunting, and the big cat moved and acted just like my little cat does. I think all cats, even those which have been domesticated for living in homes, wish they were wild and free, and if they had the opportunity to go outside and hunt, they would. It’s just in their instinct.
So how about this: say I set up an indoor, or walled-in outdoor, wilderness environment for cats. It would have trees, bushes, plants, and streams, and a varied grade of terrain. In the environment would live mice, chipmunks, small fish, and birds.
For a small fee, one could bring their cat to this little place, and the cat could be free to hunt and stalk its prey just as a wild cat does. It would get to have a little “taste” of the lifestyle of a wildcat; it would be like a little vacation for the little cat. I figure that house cats must get very bored having to sit inside all day when they could be outside chasing small animals. I toyed with the idea of getting some mice from a pet shop and letting them loose in my house so that my cat could chase and eat them, but I figured it would get blood everywhere and make a mess. Then this idea came to me of establishing a wild habitat specifically for domestic cats to go to and chase prey in a controlled environment that simulated the wild.
Would it be feasible to create such a thing? Would there be animal cruelty laws or something that would get in the way (on the part of the birds, mice, etc?) Or some kind of health code regulation? Because otherwise, I bet a lot of people would use this kind of facility, to let their cats have a little wilderness retreat.