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Unread 08-31-2014   #1 (permalink)
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Default Do Indoor Cats Live Longer Than Outdoor Cats?

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Yes they are way healthier.
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Hey, yes generally speaking they do live a lot longer than outdoor cats. I read somewhere that indoor cats can live up to 4 times longer than outdoor cats. Besides indoor cats being healthier they also stay out of many dangers that the outdoors bring eg.cars, disease etc.
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Yes and no. I think that to gather the information they take the means of ages. Remember that indoor only cats are more susceptible to boredom and obesity. My cat has been indoor/outdoor and he's 10 years old. My other cat passed away at 8 years due to a heart condition but he was also indoor/outdoor. His heart condition was unrelated. I also cat-sit for people who have indoor/outdoor cats who are 12+ years and are healthy. For me, it depends on location. I would not have an indoor/outdoor cat if I lived in an apartment, if my neighbors disliked cats, there were known loose dogs, coyotes, or other predators, etc. luckily for me we live in a cat friendly area. There are a couple neighborhood cats that everyone knows but they have homes to go to at the end of the day. Of course there is always the fist of cat fights but I personay think the decision should be made on a case by case basis instead of just assuming that if you let your cat be indoor/outdoor they will only live to be 4 years old. To me, that's ridiculous. Keep them updated on vaccines and know their routine. I foster for a shelter that only adopts out to indoor only homes so I'm well versed in the reasons why to keep a cat indoors. My answer is based on personal experience. Many people I know have indoor/outdoor cats who are happy and healthy. Too often I see people with indoor only cats that allow them to get incredibly fat and they display destructive behaviors likely brought on by boredom. They believe they are good cat owners because they don't let their cats outside but what I see is sad. If you choose to have an indoor only cat it is important to keep their lives fun. They need enrichment. - just something to consider
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According to me, Yes. Generally speaking, they do live a lot longer than outdoor cats. I read somewhere that indoor cats can live up to 4 times longer than outdoor cats. Besides indoor cats being healthier they also stay out of the many dangers that the outdoors, bring eg. Cars, disease, etc.
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