Does anyone have an outdoor cat?

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My family has been thinking about getting a pet for a while. I haven't been ready to make a time commitment to getting a dog (plus one of the kids is allergic), and I am allergic to cats.

We've discovered that our house has mice living around/under the deck. I don't think they're inside the house, and I don't want them to be, so we've talked about getting a cat. I guess I'm asking--is it safe/ethical to have an outdoor cat? Any advice or words of wisdom?
You could take on a feral cat from a rescue that does TNR (trap/neuter/release). People with barns who want to control rodent populations do this all the time.

If your neighbors are close, you would probably want to get their blessing. But if you have mice, they probably do too and maybe would like the idea.

If you have harsh winters, the rescue would likely want you to provide some shelter. The app is making it hard for me to post an image of one, but here are some.

But a feral cat isn't a pet. You generally cannot pet them, etc. Or you *might* be able to get them to warm up to you, but it could take years or building that trust.
M brother and SIL have a feral cat. They leave food for her outside. Actually they haven't figured out if it's a "her". But they love cats and s/he came lurking so they feed him/her. They have an indoor cat who runs and hides each day when the feral shows up.

It sounds as though mice would be dispatched by the feral cat double quick!
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As WH said, a mouser isn't a pet. And if your cat would never ever come inside, you wouldn't be allowing it to develop any pet-like qualities.

I wouldn't personally want a feral cat around my house and I would never leave food or water outside in a million years. All I'd be asking for is vermin to hang out. Raccoons are such awful creatures that I wouldn't want to encourage them to do more harm than they already do.

ETA: If you mean an indoor/outdoor cat, that's not necessarily bad, depending on where you live. If there's no danger of getting hit by a car or attacked by a neighbor dog, it can be fine if you bring the cat in at night.

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You could take on a feral cat from a rescue that does TNR (trap/neuter/release). People with barns who want to control rodent populations do this all the time.

If your neighbors are close, you would probably want to get their blessing. But if you have mice, they probably do too and maybe would like the idea.

If you have harsh winters, the rescue would likely want you to provide some shelter. The app is making it hard for me to post an image of one, but here are some.

But a feral cat isn't a pet. You generally cannot pet them, etc. Or you *might* be able to get them to warm up to you, but it could take years or building that trust.
Originally Posted by wild~hair
Our feral kittens have really adapted well to the idea of being barn cats and run out to meet us, rub against our legs, etc., but are not truly pets. They let us pet them some, but are not friendly like house cats, and given they were ferals who wouldn't settle in well to being indoor cats and that's how we ended up with them, that's expected. Our area has way too many feral and unfixed cats around, and a lot of folks have cats who get beaten up because of it. Spaying/neutering seems to have kept most of the other strays away, except for one male cat who hides from us but hangs out with our two and gets along well with them. Not attracting other hormonal cats was pretty important to me, as well as not wanting to bring more ferals into the world - there are always more we can take in without adding to the population.

The deck may provide sufficient shelter for your cats, depending. Ours like hiding under hay bales and decks, though the older one is sure she should come in the house with us... where there are dogs who would like to eat her!
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We have outside cats because three of our neighbors have outside cats. I don't know why they like my house best, but I have to go turn the hose on them in the drive way pretty much ever night (not fast learners) and they're all under my kitchen window right now.

On the off chance you live in my neighborhood, I vote NO to outside cats.
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I had an outside cat. He didn't eat mice. He ate birds. He ate ALL of the birds. He dessimated the entire neighborhood's songbird population. I would usually find 2 or 3 disemboweled birds on my front stoop each morning...he was a good provider. When he died, I was a tiny bit sad, but also relieved. The bird population rebounded. It was nice to hear birds again.

Unless you have a barn and real problems with mice, I say outdoor cats are unethical. I have a cat again, but she's strictly indoors.
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I have 2 outdoor cats and they do a very good job of taking care of rodents. But they were outside cats when I got them so they were used to being outside. They were raised around people so they are very, very friendly. I have 3 inside cats and 1 inside/outside cat. She also is good at catching mice. It just depends on the cat I suppose.
I guess I'm asking--is it safe/ethical to have an outdoor cat? Any advice or words of wisdom?
Originally Posted by sarah42
The answer is completely dependent on where you live. Call up your local animal shelter and ask them if it's safe. I really appreciate that you're considering your potential pet's safety A loooot of people just buy cats and send them outdoors to get eaten.

And I agree that getting a cat as a mouser isn't a great idea.
I've had outdoor cats before, although I don't right now. They primarily hunted mice. I think I've dealt with about 3-5 dead birds in the last 20-odd years, but countless mice, rats, frogs, rabbits, etc.

It's been my experience birds are usually too fast for most cats. If there is a mice population, that's easy pickings and they're going to go for the mice over the bird any day. I think the outcry about cats decimating bird populations is overstated and I say this as an avid birder, with a life list and my very own copy of Sibley's Guide to Birds, both print and iPhone editions.

If we want to know who is decimating the bird populations, we should look in the mirror.
I live near some DC ferals (dc is known for them and have a program to capture, fix them, and put them back). I had one i was feeding. I called him "effed up cat". This cat was busted! Balded patches, crazy eye, broke tail, missing whiskers. A week ago all the ferals when MIA. I'm hoping they have gotten picked up to be fixed. There are some horrible people in dc who have been arrested for poisoning the cats.

As long as the cat is fixed and not in a heavy traffic area i think its ok. just keep it treated for fleas and ticks, get it microchiped, and make sure its healthy.

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