Reunite with kitty?

by Erin D'Angelo
(San Bernardino, Ca. USA)

I have a cat who is a 1 year old. I had to leave her with family while I was out of town for 6 months. I've since returned and now have an apartment. While I was gone my family allowed my cat to go outside. Even though she loves it and has other cats to play with at my families house I miss her dearly. I will not be able to allow her to go outside any more if she comes home with me. My question is: Will this be cruel to take her freedom of outside and her kitty friends away from her? She and I were very close before I left and will she be happy with me again? -Erin

Answer by Kate
well this is a very personal decision you have to make.All i can do is give my opinion.

I firmly believe that cats should be allowed outside as they are essentially wild at heart and enjoy being outside and doing all the cat things that makes them happy.

Now that your cat is used to going outside i do think that she will miss this and could possibly become very unhappy or at the very least make your life difficult.

Cats are more attached to places than people i am afraid so even though she may still enjoy your company etc, she will definitely miss the outside world.

Perhaps you could give it a trial period by making her inside world as stimulating as possible but you must be prepared to make the decision to let her go back to the other family if she cannot adjust to an inside life, sorry.

I have a page about inside cats which you may find of further interest here

best wishes Kate

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