I was adopted into the indoor/outdoor life

Jasper

Jasper

Recently, we found a stray cat-napping on our window sill. I talked to all the neighbors and he had apparently been hanging around for a few months. I started feeding him, trying to earn his trust and get him to the vet. When I took him to the vet, he was fully vaccinated, microchipped (just in case animal control nabbed him as a stray), de-parasited, and neutered.


I have only had indoor cats and live in a big enough town to be wary of letting a cat outside. Everyone kept assuring me that once the testosterone left his system, he would wander less and happily stay in. Not a chance!

If he is in for more than a day (like when recuperating from his surgery), he pees on the carpet, bites, and howls. I finally got so sick of him acting like a crazed thing, I let him back outside. I worried, paced, and blamed myself for being an awful person (I never had an outside cat).

Of course, by dusk, he was back home asking to be fed. He had obviously developed a taste for the comfy life! As long as he is outside for a few hours a day, he is a nice kitty and loves snuggling at night.

He has already been injured (scratched cornea which required antibiotic drops for 10 days). So, I obtained pet insurance for him to help deal with the bumps and bruises of outside life.

If I kept him inside, I would be miserable and he would be too. His life is happy and I am friends with a happy, well-behaved cat who chooses to share part of his life with me. I have protected him as much as I can.

The alternative to our arrangement would be that he would have to stay completely outdoors or I would have to find someone who could deal with a cat that pees and bites when left indoors. This is the most humane option for us.

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Street Savy Jasper
by: Anonymous

I have three cats and one is a former feral. it took much more than a year to calm her down, and I found her as a sick kitten. It must be much harder to retrain an outside cat to stay inside. I have spoken to some of the cat resuce women that come into my business, and they tell me that many ferals can never be trained to stay inside especially if they are over seven months. It appears that your Jasper may have been a stray, that could have been an inside outside cat all his life. It may be extremely difficult to retrain him. My mother who grew up in a busy city said that most of the city cats were "street wise" , and that she didn't see many hit by cars. Although cars are not the only danger for Jasper. I poraise you for helping this cat where others simply ignored the poor creatures need for a little compassion. Your heart for this stray is commendable! Jasper has a safe haven to come home to, and a good meal wiating for him, and it seems he now has somone to love him and give him "excellent care". Many times a cat like Jasper lingers in shelters and can become "Cage Crazy" from being confined too long in a small area. Some are just put to sleep being labeled not adoptable.
My hats off to you for the wounderful heart you have shown to this creature in need! May Jasper live long and healthy!
Rick
Toms River N.J. USA


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Classsy.
by: Larry (editor)


Hello,

I can certainly see why Jasper won your heart, he is very good looking and classy too with that pink nose :0)

You do seem to have struck a balance that suits both of you. Do you have a pet door so Jasper can quickly get outside if he wants a pee?

Jasper looks to me to be very savvy and I bet that he takes care of himself out there. It is great that you have found a pet that gives you love and wonderful that Jasper has found someone to take care of him and give him love in return.

Thank you very much for sharing his story and wonderful photo with us.

Larry (editor)

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Maine Coons are the Best Outdoor Cats

My cat was born in the wild, not a feral released cat but the product of a mating in the wild. I was able to tame her because she was still a kitten. Since then she has been a barn cat living with snow, wind, raccoons bears, etc.

She lives in the mountains near a major highway. She should be dead, but she is not even close.

She is now 5 yrs old. I've seen her kill bats, full grown rabbits, and any moth that gets close :)

I grew up with indoor cats, and i can say that she is far more happy, stimulated, appreciative of attention and food even more than any indoor cat....

I will never have an indoor cat again, but..
The author is correct in saying that all situations are different and INDOOR CATS are much safer in GENERAL.

If you do want an outdoor cat and have the roaming territory they need, get a Maine Coon.

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My cat is happy in the home.
by: Anonymous

I think that each cat has their own opinion as to where they are happy. My cat is happy to be inside, she will not venture herself outdoors if the door is left open, she will sit herself on the step and gaze upon the passings by and that is all.

She is a little timid thing though, under all her fur there is not much of her. She is a mix of all breeds I think. I'm quite happy for her to be inside because I don't think it is at all safe for cats around here.

Maine coons are awesome looking cats and no mistake.

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A hardy breed.
by: Larry (editor)

Hello,

Well your Maine coon certainly does seem to be enjoying her outdoor life :0)

Are Maine Coons the best suited for a life outside? I don't know, but they certainly are a hardy breed.

It is good that she has places to roam away from traffic, those wild animals can be a threat though. And yes, indoor cats are generally at less of a risk but still some thought has to be given to the safety of an indoor cat.

Many thanks for telling us about your cat, long may she enjoy her outdoor life.

Larry (editor)

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