I agree with everyone, Kitten76 you are very right, i mean who has a barn and does't have barn cat?
Though I'm still a strong beliver in 'In-door" cats.
Because I've lived in the city where i feel it is way to dangerous out there for a cat (My dog dosn't run loose there either, I have a fence to keep her in). I live somewhat in the country now, there is a corn field just past my back yard property line.
If I get the opportunity to own a cat again, I will have an indoor cat here, as there are many eagles and coyotees that hunt the field. Not only that But the breeds I am interested in are very domesticated. Sorry to say but my male Persion was the biggest whimp and he wouldn't have lasted a day outside
But My cat growing up was an indoor/outdoor SPCA 'mutt' cat, he lived pretty well. Though a few times a year had to be taken to the vet because of nasty abcesses from cat fights.
I think the right enviroment for the right type of cat works.
If you have nice neighbors and live in a quiet area with not many wild animals, and even less speeding cars, and you have a 'outdoor' cat, I think that works (But have kitty wear a bell so the song birds have a chance).
If you live in the big city, with cars everywhere and no yard... no that's not the right enviroment for a kitty.
If you live on a farm, or somewhere with 'pests' then you need a 'working' cat.
If you live in an area with tons of stray cats, nasty neightbors and so on... best keep your cat inside.
I was on another baord where a man rented the SPCA 'cat trap' to catch cats, and then instead of bringing them to the SPCA for the owners to be contected, he drove the cats out 20 miles into somewhere wooded and left them there.... not one came back.
A week later he had a teary 7 yr old at his door, asking if anyone had seen her fluffy
These people are out there, they are sick indaviduals and we need to protect our pets from them, as we have to protect our children from sex offenders.
Hope your Kitty Mr. Jim Noodles (that such a cute name), is ok. And I hope you find those little brats that did that to him, and have a word with their mothers... or the cops!