There used to be just two choices for
cat owners. Keep your cats confined to the house, or let them roam. The
roaming option, which seems to be the option most people choose (judging
from the number of cats that circulate the neighborhood), can lead to increased
vet bills and, sometimes, the even harsher reality of death. In some communities
today, letting them roam is no longer an option -- cats, like dogs, must
be licensed and controlled.
On the other hand, keeping them confined to
the house is not only time consuming (from a house cleaning point of view),
but can become expensive (from a reupholstering and curtain replacing point
of view) if your cats are bored or unruly. Ours were very bored (despite
spending a fortune on catnip and soft foam balls) and extremely unruly.
So despite knowing there would be risks with
the roaming option, we chose to let our cats have access to the great outdoors,
trying unsuccessfully to bribe them into staying home in the back yard
with toys, good food, lots of love ... their own dog.
Although we have a fenced back yard, they easily
climbed out to strut their stuff around the neighborhood. The six foot
brick wall was no obstacle for the cat with springs in his hind legs. The
even taller wooden fence was no match for the climber. And neither the
wall, nor the fence could stop the smart one.
Our cats spent their days sunning in the neighbors'
yards. Getting into the occasional disagreement. Risking the contraction
of fatal diseases. We got lucky on the serious diseases, but had to put
up with extra vet bills resulting from their little spats -- thinking that
there was no other option.
However, no amount of money at the vets can
bring back Fletcher, the wonderful big white
cat with the luminous blue eyes. His roaming days were cut short - the
hard way - by a fast car in a narrow alley. His options were over, but...
Now You Have Another Option...Kitty Klips©!