posted on Jun, 2 2016 @ 01:52 PM
I have 4 rescue cats right now. I have had cats all my life; dogs, too. When I lived in MN for 20 years; I had about 6 at any time and they had a
cat door. They went out everyday (had flea and tick meds) and we locked the cats door every nite when everyone came home or we would call them and
they would come.
Even in GA we would let all our cats come and go as they pleased. We had backyard wood fence but for the most part just sat on the fence.
However, living in Florida, where it was congested the cats were only allowed on the huge screened back porch. That is, except one stray kitten we
raised who cried all night til we finally let her out. She would hide for days but come home.
I was extremely distressed when she didn't show up at night even the cat door we left open.
In conclusion, it depends on the cat. Of the four I have now that one still cries sometimes at night for her freedom but there are many enemies of
cats, especially in the woods. So we try to pacify her; she has a big screened back
porch but still wants outside. I try to play with her and that sometimes helps.
My next house I will build an outside screened in cat play area. Truly, though, it is half and half with some preferring inside and some preferring
outside. I do have several feral cat colonies I take care of-they can be friendly but have no intentions of letting you get near them.
Cats are amazing. Best wishes.
edit on 2-6-2016 by Justso because: grammar