Not all animals yearn to be outside.
We all want to give our pets whatever they need. That includes freedom. Cats are animals, and as animals we often want to give them whatever it is that we believe will make them the most happy.
But remember that what you think your cat needs, and what your cats actually need, may not be the same.
Cats do sometimes seem like they're trying to "bolt" outside, and that leaves many homeowners feeling as though they are too restricted inside and longing for the outdoors.
But that happens to not be the case. Felines - not just cats, but lions as well - feel happier and safer when they are in control of a small space. They aren't fond of exploring, nor do they want to hunt for anything other than hunger and necessity. Cats of all shapes and sizes strongly prefer to be in their own safe space.
When cats are outside on their own, they're at risk for disease, fungi, predators, cars, injury, and significantly more stress and anxiety than they have when they're inside of the home. They are not able to enjoy the fresh air and scenery as they often feel more at risk by the sights and sounds.
In their history, before they were domesticated, cats had to be outside to survive and find shelter. So there are times when these cats have this innate desire to do what they need to do, even though they have everything they need inside of your home.
Why they do that is not clear. Maybe it's like people, where they think there is something better out there. The grass outside is always greener than the carpet inside.
But while your cat may feel that instinct, they really do not want to be outside. In fact, domesticated cats - especially those that have not been outdoors - are not equipped to handle the demands of the natural environment, no matter what their instinct makes them feel.
If you already have an outdoor cat, you can consider bringing your cat indoors and turning them into an indoor cat. But if they are doing well outdoors, the best thing you can do is simply be aware of the increased risks. Maybe take them to a few extra vet appointments, make sure they're getting all of their flea medication, and check their fur regularly.
Whether your cat is an indoor cat or an outdoor cat doesn't affect how much you love them. They're still a part of the family. But if you have an indoor cat and are wondering they'd be happier outdoors, it is best to keep them inside. Even if they don't realize it, they'll thank you.