Wishing We Had Kept Our Cats Inside
Photo of Jack by @topgold.
WHILE LOOKING AT a place where Jack (RIP) graced a blog post about catios, I learned something I should have observed years ago--that cats don't mind being indoors.
The story is best explained in a post written by Melissa Mayntz about birding and catios.
"It is fact that outdoor cats kill thousands of birds annually. The Audubon Society of Portland, however, is helping pet owners indulge their cats with outdoor recreation while keeping birds perfectly safe in its first annual "catio" tour. According to Portland Audubon's website, the tour is being hosted in partnership with the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon with hopes to inspire more pet owners to protect both their pets and local wildlife by creating safe outdoor cat enclosures. The tour will visit a number of local structures and includes information for guests to create their own catios for any cat and any budget."
We let Jack (and his brother Pink) roam about the housing estate after they followed us and became our pets. If we had been smarter, we would've converted both cats to indoor animals, taught them how to use the cat flap, and both cats would be around today to entertain our kids. Instead, ruthless road traffic outside knocked them down, leaving me to bury them in front of the house.
[Bernie Goldbach used to rehome lonely animals.]