UPDATED JUNE, 2005
It seems that whether a cat is an inside or outside cat ellicits strong reactions pro and con amoung cat people
these days. I am obviously more middle of the road. I do agree a cat is much safer if kept indoors all the time
and it is preferable to do so in most cases. Sometimes a cat simply refuses to be an inside only cat. This
is especially true with rescued ferals that have grown up and lived in the wild.
Patch, Jade, and Callie live indoors exclusively. They have the lowest level of our house as
their personal kitty apartment and travel with me when I work out of town. They are content staying inside.
There have been big changes for the other cats. We have converted the main garage into a cattery.
Screens have been installed over the garage doors so they can be openned and the cats still confined. With the garage
doors and windows open, the garage is like a large screened in porch. We have a heater and a fan in the garage to keep
it warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather. In addition the garage has a small lower level that stays fairly even
temperature all year long. I think it is a very nice place for them. With the addition of cat trees, they actually
prefer to stay in the garage over the house; even in warm weather.
Fluffy, Brother, and Tuck (also very rarely Starburst) are allowed out occaisionally, but those times
are getting fewer and far between. Even they have been adjusting nicely to a more confined life style.
Fortunately Kitty City is located on a secluded mountain. While it is not isolated, it is a rural setting.
The dangers that would face a cat in an urban or even suburban setting are not present. Even if they do get out, they
are relatively safe.
UPDATED OCTOBER, 2006
The big news for this year at Kitty City is the "catzebo". It is a gazebo designed for cats.
Please see the "Catzebo" (http://home.earthlink.net/~kittycityalt/id17.html) page for all the details.
The other big news is that I will no longer be traveling for work. Since Callie, Patch, and
Jade will no longer be on the road with me, Mocha's full integration should move along at a faster pace.
UPDATED JULY, 2010
Mocha has obviously been fully integrated since my last update and Theo has now joined the downstairs group.
With the catzebo and the catio, the roaming free days came to an end. The cats are now safely confined all the time.
This is much safer for them as more people and their cars are now on the mountain and there have been occaisional coyotes
paying a visit. Everyone has adjusted well.