Quality of Life? For Who?
I got a call from someone who took issue with something I said in Wednesday’s (10/5) column about the cat that was shot in Richmond. The cat is recovering but may lose its right front leg.
"While he’s recovering, which will probably take a while, this is a good time to turn him into a permanent indoor cat. It’s a jungle out there in the streets, and he’s going to be even slower at dodging bullets on three legs that he was on four. My cats are indoor cats and I recommend it to all felines. It’s a lot safer and indoor cats live 5-plus years longer than outdoor cats."
My caller felt keeping cats indoors was like putting them into a big cage, and it was a "quality of life" issue for the cats, and that cats needed to be allowed to roam outside. I said I felt otherwise. And I asked what about the quality of life of the birds and other wildlife killed by the cats?
We volleyed back and forth for a bit and finally parted friends (I hope). It’s an endless debate, really. It’s all a matter of perspective and I’m not too sure there’s really a single definitive answer.
What do you think?