Are you thinking about allowing your cat to go outside?
The average lifespan of an indoor cat is 15-18 years. For a cat allowed outdoors, the average lifespan is only 2-5 years.
A cat who has never been outdoors probably doesn't have the slightest clue there is an outdoors.
There are many dangers that can harm or kill an outdoor cat, there's also the danger that cats pose to birds and other prey animals, including endangered species.
Free-roaming cats are superb predators who will kill many millions of songbirds and other feathered friends every year. If your cat goes outside, be prepared to deal with dead or worse, dying birds and small mammals (mice, voles, baby rabbits), snakes and other wounded creatures that your cat may leave on your doorstep or bring into your home.
For those who really want to give their cats the outdoor experience, it can be done without the risk. Consider cat-fencing or building an outdoor cat enclosure. It doesn't have to be big, but it will keep your cat in, and out of danger, you can find some great design ideas on the internet.
When your outdoor cat just doesn't come home one day, you may never know why, and you will only be able to hope his death was quick and painless.
My 1st 4 cats all died between the ages of 1-4 years.
One was killed crossing the road. Another was hunted down and killed by a gang of youths with terrier type dogs, and the last two were killed by a man who's past time was shooting cats with an air rifle from his bedroom window, he also enjoyed trapping and battering to death any cat that made the mistake of entering his garden.
It's not very nice to hear, but this and worse goes on outside, things that just don't bare thinking about.
*There will sometimes be photos of kittens belonging to breeder friends