Fatwa: # 17153
Category: Psychological and Social
Country: United Kingdom
Date: 23rd September 2008


Am i allowed to keep cats indoors?


I have two female cats. Both have been indoor cats since they were born. I am not sure if you've come across the indoor/outdoor cat debate, but basically it is safer to keep cats indoors for their own saftey i.e diseases,trafic accident,killing mice, being hurt etc. apparntly an outdoor cats life expectancy is 3/4 years compared to an indoor cats of 15 years. because i love my cats soo much and can;t bear to expose them to any hazadous situations i never let them out. thye have a very large space in the house to roam in. but i feel bad, koz im not sure if what i'm doing is wrong. because essentially they are wild animals and deseeve to be outdoors?

is there any islamic reaosning behind this? am i ok to keep them as indoor cats, or should i let them out? your reply will be much appreciated. jazakallah.



In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

 Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh  

It is permissible for you to keep your cats indoor as long as they are looked after and are not being oppressed in any manner.

And Allah knows best


Ml. Ehzaz Ajmeri,
Student Darul Iftaa

Concurred by:

Ml. Yusuf bin Yaqub,
Student Darul Iftaa

Darul Iftaa

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