Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Dancing with my shelf...

Husband is a good cat-dad.

Tonight he finished his latest project - a shelf, in our big, sunny, glassed-in porch, for the kitties. Enjoy photos of Mojo and Veronica:

and Veronica by herself:

checking it out.

This is gonna be a big hit this summer for our indoor kids.

Incidentally, this is just another example of how full and enjoyable the life of an indoor cat can be with some effort and attention on the part of its human companions.

When we were considering getting Veronica, our first cat, one friend in particular vociferously criticized our decision to make her an indoor cat. We were "denying the cat's nature", he said. He waved off our arguments about the dangers of loss, disease, traffic, heat, cold, dogs, wild animals, sadistic humans, and all the other terrible dangers an outdoor cat is at the mercy of. "A life indoors for a cat is no life at all," he scoffed.

Today, Veronica is nine and Mojo is eight; both are happy and healthy and live in a house full of stimulation, including cat tunnels and shelves and windows and toys and stairs to run up and down; both go outside on harnesses and enjoy the fresh air; both live as full and content lives as I suppose a cat could.

And our friend has a cat of his own. An indoor cat.



Anonymous Cousin S said...

Awww... what a good cat dad indeed! Our windows have lots of room for the kitties to lie in. They have 5 to chose from, facing different directions. 2 of ours were born in the wild, and I can't tell you how happy and appreciative they are to have a "home" and "love". They never ever try to sneak out the door.

Our neighbor's cats go outside - we see them kill birds... another good reason to keep kitties inside. Not only do birds deserve to live in peace too, but outdoor kitties get more fleas, tics, worms, etc.

*jumps off soapbox*.

11:26 a.m.  
Blogger ronnie said...

Well-said, cuz!

A good point about the birds. Several species of wild birds have been hunted to extinction (33 species worldwide according to this paper) and others had their populations decimated by roaming cats.

12:12 p.m.  

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