There has been a lot said in the news lately about cats and dogs and their danger to the native wildlife. Some suggesting getting rid of all cats, others that they should be contained at least at night.
Prior to my moving in with Doug (a year ago next week) he built a cat run on to the side of the house with access to the main bedroom. For the first few days Kim was kept indoors and the cat run until she got used to her new home. Because Sophie (Labrador) is very possessive of her food we have kiddy doors giving Kim access to the main bedroom, lounge and cat run and during the day to the front lawn whereas Sophie has the rest of the house and the back garden. Kim, of course, can get to the back garden if she wants and has been going there more often lately.
Kim has settled very well and is, I think, happier here with her run at night than she was in my previous property where she could go outside at any time. Prior to my moving I had a new neighbour with three cats and they seemed to think that my section was theirs and were quite dominant.
At night Kim spends a lot of time in her run but never cries or "asks" to be let out. She is quite content. This means that she is not a danger to any wildlife wandering at night.
The run also makes a good place for my streptocarpus and other plants that are not on display.