As cat lovers and owners my husband and I understand how tricky and difficult it is to confine our cats indoors only. They do love to be outside and smell the air and watch what’s going on. But as we love all kinds of animals, including wild birds, we do not want our cats to be responsible for killing any birds or any other small wild creatures. So we have an outdoor cat enclosure. Our cats can go outside 24/7 and it is safe for the birds, also safe for our cats from predators such as coyotes, cougars, eagles, etc. (also from car traffic). We highly recommend having an outdoor cat enclosure to any cat owners. If you live in an apartment or condo and you are not able to build an enclosure, I would encourage you to train your cat to wear a harness with a leash. Ideally it is best to train your cat from the kitten stage.
There are many cat enclosure ideas and designs small or large if you search online. There are also many safe cat harnesses or vests available on the market. I highly recommend these two solutions to any cat owners. We enjoy living with our four cats and many wild birds, squirrels, and chipmunks that come to our garden and never have to worry about any of their safety. When the weather is nice our cats also go for walks outside on the leash and enjoy being in nature.
Motoko and Rex Baum, Garden Bay