2 outdoor cats perfectly fine

by ELLIOTT
(COLUMBIAVILLE, MI)

Olivia

Olivia

Olivia
Bonie and Clyde
Garfield

I have 2 cats, one female tabby and one 1 male tom cat. I think they have the same mother but different father's. Both parent's are outdoor cat's and both of my cat's have been fixed and have collar's with 'their names and my phone number on it.


They're both fixed and are fed twice a day with moist food. I put a cat door in the side of my garage so they can have refuge and dry food and water. I also have a cat litter box in the garage and check every few days, but they rarely use it now that I don't lock them up at night. They come at noon and midnight to eat and are always waiting for me.

I go out of town for 2 days a month and they seem to be just fine when I return. I leave enough food and water for the 2 days that really could last 4 days, just in case. Their job is to rid the property of mice and yes they occasionally go after bird's. They do that much less I believe because I feed them twice a day.

They get in the house once in awhile but are not allowed in. Allergies. They've been raised from kittens outside and in Michigan it get's pretty cold. Use a cat box and a 50watt bulb. They seem to be fine. They're always pretty clean and I check for injuries, flea's (treat them with front-line once a month) and any other problem's. I think they're pretty happy and content and stick around the house.

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Compassionate care
by: Anonymous

Your excellent provisions and care for your two feline's must cause them to cling to you.It's no wounder they are always waiting for you.
I have three cats one a former feral female and two very affectionate males. All three are kept inside. Im sure there may be some people that will not agree with you for keeping your cats outside, but my opinion is they are much happier, and better taken care of then spending months and maby years in a small cage. I have seen and read about older cats brought to shelters lately because of allergies, and or other unforseen circumstances. Some shelters keep them caged for years. Some put them down when they get too crowded to make room for kittens that seem to get adopted much more readily. Your cats look quite pleased to be right where they live. You have provided a good life for your two furry friends. May they live long and healthy lives.
Rick
(Toms River N.J.)

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Enjoying their outdoor life.
by: Larry (editor)

Hi Elliott,

Olivia looks like she is keeping watch on top of her sentry post there :0) and a fine looking sentry she is too. Garfield also looks very alert and handsome.

Your cats do seem to be enjoying their outdoor life and you seem to be taking care of their needs.

Thank you very much for sharing about Olivia and Garfield and their wonderful photos with us.

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Invader

by Jodie
(Taylor mich)

One day last summer a black cat showed up outside my living room window. Being a cat lover and having 7 indoor only cats I really didn't need one more but I went outside to check it out and He meowed "hello" I said to my husband he talks.

He also was neutered and looked to be in good shape "someones lost pet" so in he came to stay in the kitchen while I put adds up and checked for microchip. Well after 2 days of no pee or poop in his nice clean litter box and mind you he didn't go any where else, he bolted out the back door when I let the dogs out and peed a river. I said Oh I am sorry! you're and outdoor cat so we moved his food and water to the garage and let him be.

Now before Vader I did not like or agree with letting your cat outside but now I do believe there are some cats that are just free spirits and like it outside because Vader is always welcome to come in, but he never does even in the snow, cold ,rain he stays out in the garage.

Now I even think he might have the best life of all think about it he can come and go as he pleases he has food and clean water put out for him I would like to be him sometimes. Now not all cats are like him some would not do well outside and we live in an area where we have an acre of land and so do most of our neighbors so lots of room.

Yes he does hunt birds,mice, moles,which isn't to bad but when he killed a nest of baby bunnys we had to but a bell on him in hope that it would help his prey get away and I do worry that he will fall victim to cars, raccoons oppuims, mean cat hating people, but I look at this way he wants to live outside he is happy and if or when this happens it's been an honor to share my life with him.

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That's my 'Vader
by: Bob (Jodie's Husband)

I just wanted to add that "Vades" has attached himself to my heart like none of our other cats! He puts up with my recording guitar tracks (garage studio), and has seen me through some very rough days (the garage is my "man cave"). He always has a purr and loves to "make biscuits" on me. I, too, have been blessed by his choosing to "hang out" with me. I am surprised at how soft his fur is for an outdoor cat, and he seems very healthy and (most importantly) happy.. or maybe it's contentment. By the way, his full name: Seymour Duncan Invader - a classic guitar pickup from the '80s ;). Thanks, Jodie, for sharing his story with anyone who reads this. He is very special, and has changed MY mind about what is "good" for our feline friends, if they so choose...and he has.

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Invaded your heart.
by: Larry (editor)


Hi Jodie,

My word, I can understand your reluctance, with seven cats already, to take on one more when Vader showed up :0)

Good of you too to try and find Vader's original humans, many would not have done that. I can imagine how fast he must have shot out that door, not having the use of his usual facilities for two days!

You may be right that some cats are more disposed to being outside than others, but also I think that once a cat has lived an outside life, as Vader obviously had, they are more reluctant to being kept inside.

Sounds like a lovely outdoor cat has invaded your heart. Thank you very much for sharing your story with us.

Larry (editor)

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