Here we have the five types and some of their key beliefs:
Worries about roaming cats getting lost, stolen, or killed. They also believe that keeping cats indoors keeps them safe, and they don’t have strong feelings about hunting, but wouldn’t keep their cat inside just to keep it from hunting.
They believe that cats should roam wherever they want and think hunting is a normal part of cat behavior and even helps control the rodent population. They oppose any limitations that would limit their cat access to the outdoors.
They consider the benefits of roaming outweigh any of the risks. They love wildlife and believe hunting is unattractive but feel that it is something that comes naturally to cats.
They feel that cats should have access to the outdoor, but they don’t oppose some containment. Any kind of hunting really bothers them, and they are particularly worried about birds. They also believe that owners should have some responsibility when it comes to managing their cat’s behavior.
They strongly believe that it’s natural for cats to go out, and if trouble happens because of it, that is just nature’s way. They have never really thought about the effects of cats on the wildlife population, but that would be more inclined to manage their cat’s behavior if they knew their cat was killing animals all the time.
These responses were quite diverse, and researchers found that quite a few owners had black and white feelings about cat behavior.