Fidget at 2 years old

by Teresa
(Mokelumne Hill, CA, USA)

Fidget discovering snow

Fidget discovering snow

Fidget discovering snow



I originally posted my story as a dilemma about whether to keep my kitten, Fidget indoors or let him be an outdoor cat as well. My vet had said that some cats are just fine and happy being indoor cats and others simply had to go out.


By the time Fidget was 6 or 7 months old it was obvious he was one of those that simply had to go outside.

Since then, he has transitioned just fine into an indoor/outdoor cat. We live in the woods, so traffic is not an issue, though predatory animals might be, but so far, he seems to take quite good care of himself and comes inside regularly to take refuge from the outdoors.

He hunts and brings in mice, rats, lizards in the summer and once a snake! He's slowing down on that a bit now and mostly just snuggles up to us and purrs.

Fidget is a sweetie and I am so glad he's in our life.
T.

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Thanks Larry!
by: Teresa

I really enjoy your encouraging comments and feedback. And I marvel at how you're able to do the editing and such. For example, in my Fidget at 2 yrs posting, you linked to my original posting of 2 yrs ago and so quickly!
I teach Spanish, so if you ever need a volunteer to translate, just let me know.
Gracias,
Teresa

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Still a sweetie.
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi Teresa,

Happy new year to you.

How time flies. So now Fidget is two and what a handsome chap he has grown into, but then he was such a good looking kitten.

Great photos, thanks very much for sharing them.

Yes, one of the 'joys' of having a cat that goes outside is the little gifts they bring back. hope that he keeps away from the snakes in future.

Fidget is indeed a sweetie (still) thank you once again for updating us.

Larry (Editor)

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I have had 2 cats, both adopted from shelters and both indoor/outdoor cats. The first was with me for several years, was hit by a car, survived (but with an injured leg) and more than a year later, disappeared, never to be found. I looked for her for ages, and in the end, assumed she became prey. Her loss was very sad.

The second recently died at home in her mid-teens from kidney and heart disease. Watching her age and become sick was also hard and her death was very sad. We nursed her until the end and she was happiest in our arms, swishing her tail to the very end. We miss her a lot.

Both cats loved being outdoors, both came home when called (at least most of the time), the second was in at night, both worried me when they didn't respond, but both always wanted to go out, unless it was too cold or snowy.

I am now preparing to adopt our third cat and the sentiment against letting cats outdoors is very predominant. I have struggled with the ethics of this issue for many years, since the loss of our first cat. This is a tough issue. Our society as a whole has become very cautious, not only with our cats. Balancing the dangers of life outdoors with the losses that come from lack of contact with the natural, outside world are real dilemmas for both humans and animals. Zoo animals live longer than wild animals too, but we would not recommend keeping all wildlife in zoos.

I appreciate that you have a forum for exchanging thoughts and opinions. In my experience, public opinion is definitely trending towards indoor-only cats. I am not sure that I agree, but was glad to find a place that welcomed open discussion of this difficult topic.

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Thoughtful.
by: Larry (Editor)

Hello,

I'm so sorry to read of the loss of your two cats.

As you so rightly say, balancing the pro's and con's of keeping a cat inside or allowing it out is no easy task.

Personally, I would try not to be influenced by the local sentiment on the issue. Here in the UK, for example, it seems that most people are against keeping a cat indoors, but that may be changing. But that does not stop me keeping my cat indoors.

Again, where you live may play a sizable part in whatever you decide.

From all that you say in your post, it is obvious that what ever you decide a lot of thought will have gone into it.

Congratulations on your new adoption. The lucky cat is going to be welcomed in to a home where he or she will get plenty of love.

Thank you very much for your thoughtful submission.

Larry (Editor)

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