I just meant that 'freedom' is really a human ideal. I think cats probably wouldn't grasp the concept of freedom. They are more interested in getting outside to stalk that bird they just saw in the window.
This is our old cat living it up inside. He would not stand still for a photo, but at least he is looking better than the animated bag of bones he was a few weeks ago. I think the only thing he misses about the outside world is the rancid meat the neighbour would throw out every day for the birds to eat. He brought home/brought up some foul things over the years.
Looking at his picture, I also thought of a point that angers me. People who dump old cats at the shelters because they can't be bothered anymore, have gotten a new, younger cat, or are just want to palm off the responsibility for giving their cat a dignified end to someone else.
My grandfather dumped his old cat off at the cat shelter without even telling anyone. My mum used to look after that cat and I liked him and we would have taken him in if he had told us. I never forgave him for that, but I think he got his just deserts in the end anyway.