O is for Outdoors – #AtoZChallenge

Greetings and salutations! Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever.  Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy!

My personal experience with cats has always been an indoor one. The brothers living in my house now were outdoor cats at one point, however, and they promise that the life of an outdoor cat is not too different than that of felines who are adopted and live their lives indoors.

Felines that live outdoors will often have a mission involving catnip location. They will spend much of their time locating areas where the plant grows naturally and marking it for retrieval.

And, perhaps more critically, reproduction.

In the early days on our planet, felines had free reign. If they could defend themselves and survive the elements and natural predators they encountered in daily life, they could reproduce as much as they cared to. Cats provided a vital service to humans, that of rodent control of both the winged and four-footed varieties.

And many still do provide that essential service. But with the popularity of felines as house “pets,” their population exploded. Sterilization has become the norm to try to bring the numbers of cats down to a manageable number, so fewer felines succumb to euthanization.

While cats that live indoors understand this necessary part of integrating into human life, the felines that live outdoors still work at keeping the bloodlines diverse, and their numbers up. Their entire purpose doesn’t boil down to reproduction, but it is important.

Other items of note regarding outdoor cats: they usually have a variety of check-in points and ways to contact their superior officers. They frequently collaborate with other species, often with the implicit blessing of their commanders.

And that’s all the information I could gather at this time. It’s possible there may be more to learn.

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