To the editor:
I applaud the Bainbridges, who were profiled in the article “Cats vs. Birds” in the April 3 edition. I would like to add that it is also possible to have a happy cat that lives totally indoors (with perhaps occasional outdoor excursions on a leash).
We have a cat adopted from WAIF as an adult that has adapted to being indoors with plenty of play opportunities. That way the birds and the small mammals are not in harm’s way. Outdoor cats are also vulnerable to traffic, poisoning, disease and larger predators.
For those worried about rodent control, there are the old fashioned, non-toxic traps and newer electric ones available at hardware stores that can be placed so non-targeted animals and children can’t be harmed.