|Purred: Mon Oct 8, '12 10:35am PST |
|Am divided on an issue: we have three indoor cats, all originally ferals, though one has been inside since she was a week old and the other since 5 weeks, while the youngest didn’t get taken in till she was around 3 months. They have a 100 ft cattery for controlled outdoor time, and all get leash time - the older two are fine walkers! We also care for a feral colony which eats (and, in some cases, sleeps on our porch), and who have all been spayed or neutered and re-released (except one and her kittens – working on it…).
One of the ferals - Socks, is a neutered male, rescued from an abandoned building as a kitten and, for lack of a better arrangement at the time, transported to live in the feral shelter we built for the local colony. He has become a very affectionate and personable cat; possibly the most even-tempered cat I’ve ever been acquainted with, including our indoor “fur-children”! Now that winter is just around the corner, there is some thought of letting him come inside. It was out of the question last winter (though we did make an initial attempt); we had to put the welfare of the others ahead of him, plus our own needs in not increasing the stress level in a small house.
These last two thoughts are still of great importance, but the question is this: has anyone ever successfully maintained a household of multiple cats in which some cats were allowed indoor/outdoor status, while others had indoor only? We do not want to force indoor-only status on a feral who has been living outside for over a year now. In truth, he has had a very good life up to this point: 2 meals a day, some limited medical treatment (I have more than a few times given wormer and antibiotics, mixed in their food, as prescribed by a local vet who works with the mobile spay clinic), daily love and attention, and outdoor interaction with his fellow ferals, plus our indoor girls when we walk them on their leashes. If he came inside, he would have all the privileges and extra attention and treatment that they receive, but we would feel obliged to let him come and go. We welcome all thoughts, though we want to point out that we are pretty well maxed-out as far as funds go with these cats. We can’t afford much more than what we’re presently doing.
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