I have two cats, both boys, both rescue. Youngest we had first at about 1 yr old, we inherited him really and he was used to being outdoors, at the time we also had a 15yr old female too but she has since passed away. The we got our second boy aged 3 about 18mnths ago. We had to keep him in for 6 weeks as he had been abandoned by his previous owners and suspected to have been roaming for a couple of months before being taken to the rspca. He also goes out too. I was initially a little nervous about us having a cat flap put in but my OH wanted them to have their freedom.
They LOVE their freedom, yes they do disappear off and we do live on a busy road whic stresses me a bit but..... they alway come back, in fact during the summer especially they tend ot be out all night then wake us at about 6am for a snuggle and feeding then they pass out in the house most of the day! I was always against them being out at night but if you think about it they are much safer as the roads are quiet plus they can get in whenever they like.
Could I ever have an indoor cat? I see the appeal as I love them so much but I almost think it would be more worrying, if they got out they would have no road sense etc so more likely to get hurt? Then if they never got out you know they would be safe... but they would miss out on the fun they have playing in the sun.
I'm no use am I, pro's and con's to both options. I can understand you're protectiveness though. If I haven't seen my boys within a few hours I worry!
Well my Peggy has learnt to scale the fence! So she can 'escape' the garden now
Unfortunatly, she can get up... but can't get back down. OH had to go rescue her last night and then tonight we let her out, she went straight to the top again, and then we saw the neighbours opposite trying to shoo her down and wondered why they were doing it. When we went out we could hear their down yelping at her and she just was stuck on the fence.
Apparently their dog kills squirrels and rabbits and they would have hated him to have got hold of her, and were trying to scare her away. OH went to get her, picked her up, she clawed to try escape and OH has been left with a massive gash down his arm and stomach cause of her She ran straight back in the house and wouldn't go out again.
Then a local fluffball came to the door and she wanted to go out, but wouldn't go anywhere near it. It was sat in our garden for ages and she just stared!
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