He's Gonna be an Outdoor Kitty
I didn't decide to get a cat. He just showed up, as a tiny kitten, mewing and meowing at the door. The vet said (at that time)that he wasn't a tiny kitten but actually about six months old! His growth was stunted from having been on his own.
I paid to have him neutered and get all his shots and vaccinations but....my house is small and where would I keep a litter box? I hoped he would just "ask" to go outside like the two dogs I have, but, no, he even pee'd on the bed, so.....I decided he's gonna be an outdoor kitty.
I have a six foot chain link fence all around the backyard, a covered porch and a small shed in the back with a hole in the door where he used to like to go inside and stay. Up until today, at least.
This morning was the first time he ever missed a meal and now I am worried about him, which is why I have searched online and ended up at this site. I had hoped he would stay inside the back yard as there are other people on the street who let there dogs roam loose and cars, etc. He has such a cute relationship with one of my dogs. They play together constantly and sometimes sleep together. I hope he shows up later, but he will still be an outdoor kitty. Maybe.
I much prefer outdoor cats, as I have two. my friends who have indoor cats are amazed at how gentle and relaxed my two cats are, because they are both part stray.
I believe in outdoor cats because they seem to be less stressed, and if you make them upset they just run away for a bit and then come back. They also are more affectionate, because they don't see you all the time, but do not depend on you for anything but cat food and a few scratches.
My cats are so well behaved, but I do miss the luxury of just sitting with a cat on the couch. We only have outdoor cats because we have dogs who like to eat small furry things like cats.
Fess the cat was always outside.
Fess would follow us to the end of the street, he would never try to cross with us or turn the corner with us if that was the way we were going. The us being my brother and myself.
That cat was always outside whenever it was not raining and as the house had no front garden to speak of, outside meant out on the pavement. Fess did not bother much with the back garden, he was not a cat for climbing up trees after the birds. He was a happy cat, that I'm sure of but not much of a one for being petted. When he was in the house he would find himself an out of the way spot and sleep, that is if he was not eating.
I was sixteen when one day arriving home I was told that Fess had been found in the gutter just along from our house. He hadn't been hit by a car or anything it was just that his time had come. I'm not sure how old he was.
Was it bad of my family to keep a cat and let it out onto the road. I don't think that anyone thought about the dangers, it was just the way that people kept cats.
If I had a cat now, I don't think I would let it roam free. I've quite a large garden, much bigger than my parents had, so I could build a run.