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Old 02-26-2012, 04:07 AM
 
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Hi,
I am moving to Weston in April from the UK. We are a family with 3 boys (17, 14 and 12) and the boys love our 2 cats so much they have insisted we bring them over with us. I have heard that we will have to keep the cats inside when we move because of the Everglades (Alligators???) and that they will now have to be indoor cats. Is that true and if so why can they not go out?
Thanks. Amanda
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:41 AM
 
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Unless you buy a house on the water, chances are you will never see an alligator unless you travel further west. But, cats roaming free are frowned upon anyway. Nobody likes to see them doing their business in flower beds or chasing after birds. Yards are generally small, so chances of the cats staying on your own lot are close to nil.

If you find a house with a pool enclosure your cats will be quite content outside, but safely screened in.
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Old 02-26-2012, 07:43 AM
 
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Hi,
I am moving to Weston in April from the UK. We are a family with 3 boys (17, 14 and 12) and the boys love our 2 cats so much they have insisted we bring them over with us. I have heard that we will have to keep the cats inside when we move because of the Everglades (Alligators???) and that they will now have to be indoor cats. Is that true and if so why can they not go out?
Thanks. Amanda

You answered your own question.

" I have heard that we will have to keep the cats inside when we move because of the Everglades (Alligators???) and that they will now have to be indoor cats."
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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Hi,
I am moving to Weston in April from the UK. We are a family with 3 boys (17, 14 and 12) and the boys love our 2 cats so much they have insisted we bring them over with us. I have heard that we will have to keep the cats inside when we move because of the Everglades (Alligators???) and that they will now have to be indoor cats. Is that true and if so why can they not go out?
Thanks. Amanda
Nonsense. People have cats here, plenty cars are allowed to go outside.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Gainesville, FL; formerly Weston, FL
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Nonsense. People have cats here, plenty cars are allowed to go outside.
I second that -- I live in one of the gated communities in Weston and I can count off-hand at least four families whose cats are routinely outside. Just be smart about it -- if your cats were used to living in a rural area, then Weston will be a huge adjustment -- walking along a lake in Weston carries a different set of risks to a cat than walking along a pond in the UK -- and an animal may, or may not, be able to sense that right away in its new home.
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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Yes, let your cat run around outside, just do not get too sad when it never comes back.

I am tired of people letting their cats run around thinking that they are not bothering anyone else. Cats have a roaming range of 60 acres, a lot can happen in those 60 acres. Some people let their cats run outside for years with no problems, others never see their cats again.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:37 AM
 
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Yes, let your cat run around outside, just do not get too sad when it never comes back.

I am tired of people letting their cats run around thinking that they are not bothering anyone else. Cats have a roaming range of 60 acres, a lot can happen in those 60 acres. Some people let their cats run outside for years with no problems, others never see their cats again.

+1........Survival of the fittest! Cats vs. Pythons/Gators/Pit Bulls......Fluffy loses!
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Oh my goodness, what rubbish!! Bring your cats. The chance of seeing a gator in Weston is remote not to say it doesn't happen, but still remote. Since our climate is so different from the UK, you may want to keep your cats inside.

Enjoy Weston!!
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:03 AM
 
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Lets be realistic! Millions of Americans have indoor and outdoor cats! The biggest concern you need to worry with is heat stroke as the temperature will be quite a bit hotter than the UK. Unless your cats are demons and as long as they are spayed or neutered, your neighbors will not be bothered at all. I am not a cat person by any means, but appreciate the benefits of neighbors with cats... they kill rodents, snakes, etc.

As some of the posts in this thread read, no need to worry about alligators. I would be more fearful of your kitties getting run over....
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:40 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I have an 17 yr old indoor/outdoor cat in Ft Lauderdale. Since she didn't get to be 17 by being stupid she loves roaming here, though she is slowing way down now. A smart cat used to being outdoors can survive nicely; just get them to come in at night.
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