Outdoor behavior versus indoor
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|Sun, 06-13-2010 - 8:32pm|
We adopted a cat late last summer. We have two other cats who love the outdoors. The story with this one, is that she was an alley cat. Pregnant several times and generally feral. She never knew a loving family. We took her in and she was friendly and loving, but really wants the company of the other cats. She meows constantly if she can't find them. She had *ZERO* interest in the outdoors for the past 10 months. She would run the other way if you opened the door and she was in the same room.
A few weeks back she started showing an interest in the outside. She would get lonely when the others were out. Inside, she is still the friendly, attention seeker of a cat. However, when we let her out, she became very skiddish and distant. We have a hard time getting anywhere near her. She won't come to the door, and she only vaguely shows up when we call her. As in we can see her, but she won't let us near her.
We are really, really afraid she is just going to take off on us if we leave her outside all the time. So we insist she come in, at least at night. But it's getting harder and harder to coax her into letting us get close enough to grab her and bring her in. She struggles the whole time. Once in, she's very hungry and very loving and seems to really like being indoors. But then the next day she's begging (very loudly) to go back out again. Repeat/lather/rinse. Every day is the same pattern.
It's like she is returning to the feral state when she's back outside. All skiddish and afraid of everything, including us.