|Purred: Wed Jul 11, '12 10:31pm PST |
|Maple lived her entire first year as an indoor cat. She went out once, got chased by a dog, and was afraid of the great outdoors for a long time...
BUT... Being the social butterfly that she is, she couldn't stand to be left inside when I played fetch with the dogs. Despite having NEVER touched foot on the back porch, she would sit at the window and cry, and cry, and cry to be let out with us.
I firmly believed in never letting her out, so I didn't.
Then I got a doggie door, it was a necessary purchase, and worth every penny.
Maple had it down within a week.
I gave in, and began to lock the dog door, but allow her outside under supervision. She only goes out back, in an enclosed yard (that I have never seen her leave) and lays in the sunshine. Eventually, I gave in and allowed her to use the door with the dogs.
She is a night prowess, and brings me all mannar of terrible gifts in the middle of the night.
Now, I lock the dog door at night! LOL!
But I can't keep her in.
If I lived in the city, I might feel different. But in the last 10 months I've yet to see her even show a desire to leave our enclosed back yard, in fact, I've only seen her leave the porch sunshine twice.
So I let her out. Something deep inside me feels like its wrong to force a cat like her to stay inside. So I limit it to the day, and she shows up wherever I am anyway (she is more loyal than my dogs!).
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