We've been happy cat-parents about a year with one male tabby.
Four weeks ago my partner discovered a stray kitten attempting to walk out on to a busy street outside her workplace. We took it in and decided to keep it.
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Since then it's become obvious the the little guy is deaf. It doesn't seem to affect him in any way right now - he seems happy as can be. However, I'm worried about the future.
Everything I've read online indicates that he should never be let outside. I don't really have a problem with that, but my partner (and our vet) both think it is unnatural to keep cats indoors for their entire lives.
Even if we did come to a consensus, I can't imagine how we'll be able to allow one cat outside and not the other. Our older cat has been going out since he was about 6 months. During the summer we pretty much left the window open all day and brought him in at night. Now that it's getting colder we let him in and out a few times a day. I just can't envisage a way to continue to allow him to have any kind of freedom while keeping the little guy under wraps.
We live in a terraced house (which I believe may be referred to as townhouses/row houses in the states), and there's a canal at the end of our garden, which limits the cats' possibilities for roaming. Our older cat gets around our neighbour's gardens and has found a way out to the road in front of us. It's a quiet street with no through traffic, and cars aren't able to drive in any way fast due to the size/layout of the street.
Does anyone have any thoughts or experiences they'd like to share? Any other issues that I should be aware of that may affect his future life?