Keep Your Cats Inside

I decided to write this after reading @nakitakona13 post Cruelty to a Neighbor’s Pet’s : Where Is Your Heart?

I have lived in a trailer court that had too many cats outdoors. These cats moved in under my trailer in the winter time because there was a leak the landlord refuse to fix. The neighbors at home nurse would feed these cats.

These cats torn up the tyvek and insulation causing major damage. These cats also came in my house through a hole they tore in the floor. Which did not sit well with my dogs. As my dog attacked the cat. I had to get them apart. I was scratched by the cat. It got infected. I had to go to the doctors to get a cream to heal my wound. I had to take my dog to the vet because he was tore open by the cats claws too.

To me they were a nuisance that cost me money. In my area, any animal considered a nuisance is allowed to be trapped or killed by law. Cats are considered a nuisance if they have no owner or live in a feral cat colony someone takes care of.

Landlord said to kill them. I don’t have the heart to kill a cat. Not even a pesky one. As I love all animals. However, many of the neighbors had no issues harming or killing them.

These cats had kittens, a neighbor caught one of the kittens and was throwing it up on the roof of the trailers in the summer time. It would jump down by jumping on a vehicle. The neighbor noticed this. So, the neighbor threw the kitten on a trailer that has no vehicles nearby to jump down. Summer time can be very hot. The trailers roof are made of metal. The kitten was getting its paws burned standing on the metal. It would cry out in pain. It broke my heart.

I crawled on top of that trailer to save that kitten. Don’t ask me how I did it without falling off myself being disabled. As I have no clue besides it must of been God’s will that day for that kitten to be saved. I got the kitten and ended up taking it to a friend home that had a barn with several cats.

My advice if you live in the city or an area with lots of people, the best thing you can do is keep your cats inside. Where as you may love your cat, others do not. Cats are like rabbits and can have several litters each year. The average lifespan of a outside cat is drastically reduced to a few years when left to deal on its own.


  1. Rex Trulove

    In the summer, our cats can come and go as they please, but they spend most of their time inside, except during the heat of the day. Thankfully, we have no cruel neighbors that like to see animals suffer.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      That is great you have neighbors that aren’t cruel. Not everyone does.

    2. Rex Trulove

      That is so true. People around these parts don’t take kindly to people who abuse animals, children or otherwise, “the defenseless”. Someone who was that way who moved here would soon find that everyone living nearby would be extremely fast to report any such abuse and our chief of police won’t hesitate to arrest them for cruelty.

  2. Eva James

    Glad you got that kitten to safety. Killing them when needed is one thing but torturing them is another. Hope he gets stuck on a hot roof sometime.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Thank you, it was God’s will that kitten did not get hurt worse and that I happen to be there when that stuff was happening.

  3. Gil Camporazo

    You have a genuine heart for the cat. What you have done to them serves as the utter example on how those cats and kittens be treated like human beings.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      I don’t like torture or killing of any innocent animal. I prefer the trap and release whenever possible.

  4. Jacky Hughes

    I am so glad you saved that kitten. Here in the UK we do not keep our cats in like people do in the US. It sounds like your problem was with feral cats and we do not have many of these.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Some of the cats were feral. Others were not. Since, we had a lot of cats. Any cat outside was fair game. The landlord said all animals in the trailer court had to be kept inside. The people who didn’t listen ended loosing their cats.

  5. Andria Perry

    My step mother was the cat lady, if there was a cat within a mile it was in her yard to eat daily. This was a problem and this one neighbor got a wife that hated cats so he would put out pans of antifreeze, shot them and then tell her about it.

    Because of that I had to give my ONE cat to my sister and she took care of her till she died, I think she was around 10 years old.

    I can`t keep any animal in the house because I have asthma and animal hair is a trigger. But I also do not have any close neighbors where I am living at right now.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      I am glad your sister was able to take your cat til it died.
      I understand about allergies. I hope you have good neighbors.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Oh what I witness was horrible. I could not allow that kitten to die. All the guys standing around laughed at me for climbing. I did not care. I had to try.

  6. Kyla Matton Osborne

    What a cruel man!

    There are so many dangers to cats in a populated area, even if there are no cruel neighbours. Vehicle traffic, other animals, and even automatic garage door openers pose a risk. It’s best to keep cats indoors unless living in the countryside. And even there, people tend to understand there are always risks. If an animal has an accident on a farm and dies, it’s understood to be part of living on the land.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      If I ever get a cat again. It will strictly be an inside cat. As their are too many neighborhood cats running around. That tear people garbage up.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Yes, some do find their way out. They are quick and can slip past someone legs real quick if an eye is not watching for them. I have a friend who has a sign up on her door that says do not let the cats out.

  7. Marsha Cooper

    Everyone knows that we have way too many cats.
    We do have one nasty neighbor that we know for sure killed one of our cats because he got in his yard.
    We have had others disappear and I’m pretty sure he is the reason why.
    My mom lives with us and keeps telling me to kick them all outside—saying she’s not supposed to be around them due to asthma.
    Sorry mom, they are my cats, and when they want to come in the house they are welcome.
    I can’t stand for any animal to be an outside only animal.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Oh that is sad your neighbor does not like cats. I am sorry you have lost some cats due to him.

  8. Priscilla King

    Well, my take on this is different…I lived in a neighborhood that had a “confine all cats” policy, because Bachman’s Warbler was last reported there many years ago, and as a result the dominant species was rats (although it was an upscale neighborhood). I think we need to rethink the idea of cats being a nuisance. All animals (and humans) can be nuisances at times, but we should appreciate cats’ valuable role in thinning populations of *much more* obnoxious animals. Instead of jumping on the “kitty inside” bandwagon, I’ll stick to reminding people, “Got septicemia? No? Thank an outdoor cat.” I think we should thank, respect, and protect free-range cats. People who can’t own indoor cats can be blessed and protected by visiting cats!

  9. Priscilla King

    I should add that, while cats tear away insulation (which should have been covered by something sturdier anyway) to get at vermin who’ve clawed their way into it, rats gnaw their way into the actual house. Repeatedly. Systematically. Rats are clever animals–one of them charged right at me in order to knock over a tall glass of soda pop, so it could slurp up what it spilled while I was cleaning myself up!

    You do *not* want to let rats displace cats at the top of the local food chain.

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