I posted a couple of times asking about cat behavior.
This is our first cat, and is a stray cat.
He is neutered, approximately 5-7 years old.
Here's the first post I wrote about 2 months ago, with a few pix.
New Cat questions and hello
The cat was about 8lbs when first visited us. Now good 11 pounds. He tends to overeat everytime we feed him.
He stops by at our house at least 3 times a day. And we feed him twice a day.
When he is around, we pet him, feed him, play with him for a while. When we go inside, he stays a bit and leaves.
Sometimes, when our cars come in, the cat hears the engine and comes home to say hello. We again pet him.
As soon as the cat starts to staying around the house, I built a house you see in the previous post.
The cat first stayed there when rained or slept in there.
When he was away for 4~5 days and visited us only once a day for food. He always came back with scars, dusts.
After doing that for about 5 days. He showed up more often, and sometimes slept near our house. But not in the cat house.
We thought something has changed, so we bought one of those plastic boxes with lids. Made a hole, filled with straw. But the cat doesn't want go in there.
We tried to put his favorite treats, but he would eat them and just get out as soon as he's done.
It's getting cold even in Georgia, and we felt so bad he had to leave us every night to sleep somewhere else.
So we even bought the heated cat house from Amazon for Christmas hoping the cat would stay if it is warm in his house.
We assembled the house, and brought the cat inside our house. Put the cat food in the cat house so that he realizes how warm it is. After that, we put the cat house right outside the door. The cat simply won't sit in there unless there's food.
It's 11 pm again, and he has gone somewhere, and we have three different kinds of cat shelters sitting outside our front door for one cat. And he still sleeps somewhere else.
For additional information, we have a neighbor who keeps 7 stray cats in her backyard. She has a big shelter for cats that's covered with some kind of water proofing cover. All of her cats are fed.
We once talked to her as our cat was eating there (and she called), and after we talked to her, she told us she won't feed him anymore (as she knew the cat was fed somewhere else). But she told us he is always welcomed to come and play with other cats. But she also told us that the other cats always chase our cat when he visits them.
Another thing is, when we had to bring him to the vet, we fit him in a small cage to make the 15 min drive trip. The cat really hated to be kept in the box, but didn't think there was any other way. The second time we visited, the cat peed in the box. I was afraid to open the box after stopping the car so just poured and cleaned with tissues, and hurried up to home.
I am not sure above mentioned will affect his current behavior, but we are not sure what we can do to have him stay and sleep at any of the houses we bought/made.
It's not like he doesn't love us.. When someone visits us to see the cat, the cat always approach the family members, not the strangers. He is a nice cat, but I think he recognizes us well enough.
It's just that he always leaves us behind after staying around for a while.
BTW, when he started staying with us. He stayed near our house maybe always. We go out, and he was there. But not anymore.
Thanks for reading, and any of your thoughts would be greatly helpful to us.
And Merry Christmas to all!