Staff Writer Meera Pal, who covers Pleasanton, wrote a story in Wednesday’s Times (Jan. 30), about a Pleasanton woman whose cat was mauled to death by two dogs that had escaped their backyard.
Meera sent me an e-mail this morning describing the many on-line comments and phone calls she has received from readers, debating back and forth about whether the cat should have been outside its house to begin with.
Some even felt that the cat’s death was partly the cat owner’s fault, as well as partly the dog owner’s fault. Others felt it is unfair that cats are free to wander on the streets, while dogs must be kept confined or on a leash.
Meera thought I might be interested in blogging about it. She’s right.
I think this debate has been going on LOTS longer than the measly 38 years I’ve been writing this column.
I know how I feel about it.
My two cats, Tut and Newman, are indoor cats. It’s too dangerous outside for cats these days. They’re at risk from disease, cars, dogs, other meaner cats, humans who don’t want cats pooping in their yards, coyotes, etc. There are reports that say indoor cats can live up to five years longer than outdoor cats.
Just as important … I don’t want my cats to be wandering around the ecosystem killing wild birds, lizards, snakes, frogs and other wild creatures. That also puts the cats into the food chain where they can be preyed on by predators bigger than they are.
Read Meera’s story and then scroll down further to read the reader comments:
What are your thoughts on this? /Gary