Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: near Washington, DC
I'm going through something similar with Twiddledee.
Twiddledee was abandoned in January 2012, at which time he found the feral/stray cat colony I take care of. So, he's lived outdoors for the last nine months. I removed him from the colony because he wasn't putting any weight on his front right paw, and I was concerned he couldn't run fast enough to hunt for food. He's in my second bedroom, I plan to adopt him out when I resolve the paw issue(s).
He still cries and yowls to get out, especially at night. But less so. I've ignored his yowls at night time and try to spend time with him when I'm home (I'm gone 11 hours M-Friday). But he is very affectionate, head butts and scent marks me a lot, and lays in a submissive position (even when first meeting Ritz, my resident cat). He clearly wants to be around people.
Do you know the background of your 2 year old cat? Does your cat seek you out or ignore you? Does she seem happy otherwise? I would try to play a lot with him, especially hunt and prey type of games.
And as the other posters pointed out: outdoors is really dangerous and it sounds like he is scared to venture far. I would experiment with opening the windows--do you have a screen door, window? In Twiddledee's case, I actually think it makes it worse. Twiddledee clawed open the screen door on Saturday, but came back on his own 12 hours later--to the FRONT of the house. He's only seen the back of my house. Miracle.