Re: Cats - indoor outdoor or both in cohousing
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2020 20:05:02 -0700 (PDT)
When we were in this cat discussion we were told that outdoor cats can be 
converted to indoor cats. A woman who works with homeless cats told us she does 
it or teaches people how. So a call to a vet or animal rescue place might find 
someone where you are.

I think knowing that was one factor also in swaying people toward no outdoor 
cats — you don’t have to get rid of them.


> On Apr 28, 2020, at 8:11 PM, Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at]> wrote:
> We adopted a cat policy only after a few years of living together, when the
> obvious problems had become even more obvious. As at Takoma Village, we
> agree to grandfather the then-current outdoor cats but to prohibit new
> ones. All those original outdoor cats are long deceased. I think this
> policy has worked well.
> Re the concern that such a policy might make sales more difficult, one of
> our original founding couples dropped out of the project because we didn't
> have a no-outdoor-cats policy at that time. The man was a passionate birder
> and was not willing to live where his neighbors' cats could be outside
> killing birds at any time. Also, I know that some people, more recent
> purchasers, did rehome their non-indoor cat(s) in order to live here.
>   Muriel at Shadowlake Village
> On Tue, Apr 28, 2020 at 4:24 PM Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <
> cohousing-l [at]> wrote:
>> On Apr 28, 2020, at 2:52 PM, Susan Coberly <susandgeorge [at]> 
>> wrote:
>>> Hi, Susan from LaQuerencia aka Fresno Cohousing (Fresno CA, USA), with a
>>> question and asking for comments / ideas about outdoor or indoor /
>> outdoor
>>> cats in cohousing community.
>> We had both indoor and outdoor cats when we moved in. Some of us believed
>> that we had an agreement that there would be no more outdoor cats. But
>> people were not being told that by owners and people moved in with them.
>> We finally got a pet policy that grandfathered in the current outdoor cats
>> and prohibited any more.
>> Grandfathering is a great way to get policies changed. No one wants to get
>> rid of their cats.
>> One persuasive argument was that outdoor cats live significantly shorter
>> lives than indoor cats. "If you love your cats so much why do you want them
>> outside?” Argument by an indoor cat person. (not me).
>> Sharon
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