Before we moved into our house here, it was never an issue. We lived in an apartment on a very busy street and I had a feral colony that I took care of in the parking lot. This meant it wasn’t safe for the girls because of the cars and the other cats. But when we moved into the house, my husband wanted to give the girls some outdoor time. I caved on one condition – the outdoor time had to be supervised. I didn’t want them wandering out of the yard.We have coyotes that come down into the neighborhoods. There are always one or two different MISSING CAT posters up in the area. We’ve had coyotes in our yard as late as 10am and we see them as early as dusk when we walk Lily. We also have a lot of “resident” dogs – dogs that people believe are guarding their house from their backyard even though they’re not allowed inside the actual house. Most of them are extremely people friendly, but not fond of cats (or squirrels or anything that is entertaining to chase). I didn’t want the cats to end up walking into the wrong yard.
Pip has one eye, but that doesn’t mean that she won’t get into mischief. When we’re out in the yards with the cats, we have to keep a close eye on her. Most days she likes to eat grass and then find a nice spot to take a nap. But there are days when she’ll decide it would be nice to climb a tree or sneak under the fence when we’re not looking. We keep a close eye on all of them, but especially Pip. Lily seems to enjoy the company and she rarely uses the yard anymore without them out there with her. She’s also been known to open the screen door and let Pip into the yard with her.
What about you – are your cats indoors, outdoors, or both?