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July 16, 2012 Poll Results

Some experts say cats shouldn't be allowed outside. What do you think?

Agree 56% 159 votes
Disagree 43% 124 votes
Total: 283 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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hodgkins.t
July 16, 2012
12:30 p.m.

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Are dogs allowed to run free in the neighborhood? Domestic untethered cats stink up my yard with their scat and urine.

FNG2
July 16, 2012
6:03 p.m.

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And to satisfy all such
intolerance, parakeets
must be confined from
nature.

hodgkins.t
July 16, 2012
11:04 p.m.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/arch...

If your cat is an outside cat, you should be aware of this bizarre parasite that you can catch from them

SchenectadyScott
July 16, 2012
11:33 p.m.

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Cats are "House Pets"....it is not fair to the pet to be put in harms danger outdoors. Weather, disease, wild animals, cars, when you are trimming their nails..they have no protection...it is not good stewardship and abusive to the animal to allow them outside. I will never let a cat outdoors...especially when I see so many feral cats, without shots, and not neutered or spade making more feral cats.

airedale1950
July 17, 2012
5:44 a.m.

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Seriously????????????????!?

MN
July 17, 2012
6:49 a.m.

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If I didn't let my cat go outdoors, she'd dig through the wall. She's far better equipped than I to spend time outdoors. In her heart she is a lioness on the savannah. She's always in at night, and most of the time when I'm not home. She has the best of all possible worlds in the middle of fifty acres where she doesn't get into other people's gardens, doesn't bother anybody except the rodent population, and she gets vetted frequently.

mhowie
July 17, 2012
1:04 p.m.

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All pets should really be kept in your home or at least on your property, if for no other reason than that if your neighbors wanted to be around a dog/cat/etc., they'd get their own.

That said, it's definitely much safer for cats to be kept indoors -- it keeps them from being exposed to fleas, diseases and dangers (including passing cars).

MDogsMom
July 17, 2012
8:22 p.m.

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My cats go outside part of the day and for the most part stay in their own yard. They don't go after the birds; they just watch them. They enjoy the fresh air and sunshine as much as I do. They come in every night and their shots are up to date. When it's cold or raining they don't go out.

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