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Our 3 cats are all indoor cats. I don’t understand people who have outdoor cats. I’m afraid for the cats, and the birds in the area. We also recently decided that we would make terrible dog parents. But I think once these cats are gone, that’s going to be it.
Yah, my one and only indoor-outdoor cat connected w/ a motorcycle at age of nine months and turned from a freebie barn kitty into a fully mobile vet bill of approximately what I would have shelled out for the average winter rat car.
She did regain that full mobility though --indeed she was the one who brought me a live grass snake at 3am once-- but after she passed away at ripe old age of 16, my next kitties were indoor ones except for Porch Kitty. The latter character had other hangouts too, but she liked the way I served up breakfast on the deck so that was our arrangement until her untimely death at the hands of some idiot who had shot her up with a pellet gun --talk about vet expenses, which I went for, since she had managed to get back onto my deck, but we could not save her-- and I never knew who in the area may have served up other meals. She was a great demo of how a wily domestic cat can manage to run several households in a sprawling neighborhood. She was plump enough I figured she didn't even have to bother with harassing songbirds.
My two indoor kitties passed away from great old age (20 and 22) within months of each other a couple years ago, and I've figured that's about it for me, they are a lot of work and potential expense, so unless another porch cat barges onto my deck in a blizzard sometime, I'm content to live with fond memories of a dozen or so cats who were great companions over the years... and major pains in the behind once in awhile.