Indoor Cat is Outdoor-Obsessed!
Long story here... bear with me!
When I first got my cats, my boyfriend (at the time) and I went to great lengths to prevent them from knowing the wonders of the outside world; we wanted them to be indoor cats, for their own safety. Unfortunately, Ender, my Maine Coon, is a fast little bugger and figured out exactly how to hide behind the door and zoom between my ankles when I opened it. After he got his first taste of "outside", he was an absolute terror until he got back out -- howling and scratching at the door for hours on end.
Our last apartment was in a safe neighborhood, so we kept a window open for Ender to come and go as he pleased. He greatly enjoyed his freedom and was a very happy, content cat. We lived there with this routine for three years, and we didn't foresee a point at which we would not be able to keep it up.
Unfortunately and unexpectedly, my boyfriend and I broke up a couple of weeks ago, and I had to move myself and the cats into a bedroom in someone else's house. I live with a roommate now, and I feel it would be inappropriate of me to ask him whether we can keep a door or window open for Ender; it would be tantamount to asking him to risk the security of his belongings and personage.
However, Ender's turned back into a brat: he scratches at the door (doesn't make a mark, though, thanks to his SoftPaws), meows piteously and ceaselessly, and terrorizes me in the middle of the night by zooming around the room, including all over my sleeping form. I can't even let him have free run of the house because it would mean I'd have to give Valentine, his sister, free run as well, and she's been known to pee on things... and as none of the furniture in any other room in the house belongs to me, I can't risk it, lest she destroy any of it. I suppose, if I figure out a way to know for sure that Valentine wouldn't pee on anything, I could let him at least roam the house... but her patterns are unpredictable. She does it rarely -- once every couple of months -- but it's still a huge risk with furniture that isn't mine.
The end result is that Ender's been confined to my room, and even though he's fed and cleaned and played with and has his sister with him, he's clearly unhappy, and I feel awful for him.
I realize that I may have made an irreparable mistake in allowing him to be an indoor/outdoor cat... but what, if anything, can I do to teach Ender to like being an indoor cat again?
(Conversely, what, if anything, can I do to be absolutely sure that Valentine will not pee on anything? Please note that I can only have one litter box in the house, and it must be in my room, per the terms of my lease agreement.)
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