MODS, if this belongs in IMHO please feel free to move it.
I have had cats before and I have always believed that they deserve to spend at least some time outdoors doing what cats natually like to do… meeting other cats, catching small animals and then torturing them, and climbing trees.
After my experiences with my last cat (she would catch birds, mice, and lizards outside, drag them alive into the house, and then execute them on my white carpet) and doing some reading I have decided that my next cat will be an indoor only cat. No more CSI suprises in the bedroom! Indoor cats live longer and healthier lives apparently… which makes sense considering the dangers of being outside most of the time.
I’m thinking of getting a fairly young cat (but not a kitten). Here’s some questions I have before I take the leap:
Besides adequate food and water, a clean cat box and some cat toys is there anything else we should leave around the house to entertain the cat?
Should we leave a radio on in the house so that there is some noise/human voices for the cat during the day?
Would a single indoor cat become lonely being in the house alone during the weekday? Is it cruel to only have only one cat in that situation? Would a male or female be any better suited to a solitary life?
Assuming that we adopt a “teenage” cat (4-6 months old) from the local animal shelter, and that it isn’t used to being outside, can we simply restrict it to indoor life by never letting it out? Will the cat instinctily try and escape to the outdoors? Is there something else we can to do to encourage it to stay indoors?
If there are currently no fleas in the house, and the cat never gets to go outside, is a flea collar or flea powder treatment still necessary?
Does it make sense to buy a cat bed or will the cat most likely sleep wherever it darm pleases?
Any help on this topic would be greatly appreciated!