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  1. I, recently, spotted one of my free roaming cats perched in a window of my neighbor.
    I was surprised because she only eats and goes here.
    They and I spoke and have agreed to “share” and, because I am her caretaker, I would supply food to them when she visits. I think that she prefers the quietness of their home as opposed to mine where chaos abounds.

  2. If I had a free roaming cat, I might attach a small camera to a collar, just to see where he wonders.

    The mention of garages means cars, and cars mean potential danger.

    My cat has a fenced porch, and a cat door which provides choice for her. So I never worry if she’s out when I leave because she can come in at will.

    • I am thinking of attaching a GPS collar if I can get one. The garages are very quiet and used mainly for storage fortunately so I feel he is safe there. Any cars that go there (very few) are travelling very slowly. But it is not completely satisfactory.

  3. Build him an enclosure like Monty has. Then he can get the outside experience and hunt and you do not have to worry so much. I still keep an eye on Monty out there. I walk through his enclosure periodically just to make sure he will be safe and everything is ok for him out there.

    Two Sundays ago I forgot him out there when we left for church. It was warm out– 40 degrees Fahrenheit. But while we were out for breakfast after church it started raining. My poor boy was stuck out there in the rain. He can stay somewhat dry if he gets right up next to the door, but not completely. Also, he plays in the rain and then asks to be let in when he is tired of it. So he may have allowed himself to get quite wet not knowing the warmth of the house was not immediately available to him. During breakfast after church it dawned on me that he had gone out and I may not have let him back in. When we finally got home (seemed to take forever) I ran straight to the back of the house, looked through his fence and there he was outside the back door. MEOW!!! he said. I ran I through the house and opened the door for him and picked up his wet little body, hugging him close to me.

    He seems to recover from the trauma more quickly than I did. I still feel bad about it. He still goes out and does not seem to be concerned about getting left out there again. At least it was warm out. But had it been cold he would have been near the door right away instead of playing in the back. I did look at the back door and not seeing him I thought I must have let him in. He goes in and out so much it is hard to keep track sometimes.

    When I was a kid out cats went out unsupervised much more– they were more like outdoor cats who came in now and then. Monty is an indoor cat who occasionally goes out in his enclosure.

    • Unfortunately I can’t build an enclosure because the lease disallows it. However, I have long thought of buying a house with a fully enclosed garden – walled perhaps. That would be my last move.

      • A house with a walled garden sounds lovely. That’s sort of what we have. It would be easy to make modifications so he could not get out. You would feel so much better, Michael. I think it would improve your quality of life if you knew Gabriel was safe outside– as safe as possible. There is always some risk, but I feel it is worth a small amount of risk to give Monty as full a life as possible. Also, he would drive me crazy if he couldn’t go out. Luckily, we have had a mild winter. Usually he is trying to climb the walls from boredom by this time (literally.) But not only have the temperatures been warm, it rained and then froze so all our snow was one solid white expanse of glare ice. He could walk all over without his feet sinking in the snow. So could I– it was unusual. Also, we forgot to put the picnic table away and the snow had melted off the top of it, giving him a place to sit in the sun. Today he went out despite the new snow, coming in with huge white flakes all over his black coat.

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