People who plan or are obliged to move house a lot, if they want to have a cat as a pet, should decide to opt for a cat who stays at home.
This is because basically cats do not cope well with a change of place. Outdoor cats frequently return to their original home territory, even if it is quite a few miles away from their new home.
To help a cat accommodate to its new surroundings, you shouldn’t let it go out for the first four weeks, or even longer – something that a pure outdoor cat is hardly going to put up with. It’s a real trial for an animal that has been living hitherto as a free and adventurous spirit suddenly to be shut up all day indoors.
And the same applies in reverse – you need to think about it, before allowing a cat who has always been kept indoors in the past sudden access to the outside world. If an indoor cat likes life in the great outdoors, the situation is irreversible. Once the cat has been given the privilege, it will always insist on it. But it is going to face hazards outside that it has never had to deal with in its past life – like cars, dogs, poisonous plants and infectious diseases.
If you want to have a cat in the big city, it is likewise preferable to go for a cat that lives exclusively indoors. In this kind of environment, the dangers to a roaming cat represented by people, traffic and so on are practically incalculable.
There is no reason why you should not keep a cat indoors all the time, as long as you consistently observe the following important points: