Hello everyone. I'm new around here and I hope to find some advice from you all. This might be a bit long. please stay with me..
OK, where to start.....
My mother and I live together and we have a cat, Licorice, who is 21 years old. We got her when she was a few months old and I was 4, I'm now 25....She's takes Meds twice a day and has a bit of arthritis in her back legs, but she is still doing pretty good for her age.
About 3 months ago a stray cat started coming around the house. My mother and I started feeding her and she basically started living on our back porch (we got her a small dog house to sleep in.) We ended up finding where she had come from and the owner was not interested in taking her back, mainly because Tess (what we named the cat) is mostly an outdoor cat on this ladies farm, and about 3 or 4 months ago the cat left and never came back. Seams she was scared of a new dog they had gotten, so she left and found us. Point being.... if the lady took Tess with her, Tess most likely would just leave again and come back here.
Letting Tess live on the back porch would be fine if it wasn't for the on coming Ohio winter weather. She normally would just go inside her past owners house whenever it got cold, and that's where we have a problem.
Licorice will NOT put up with another cat, no way, no how. She has always been the only animal we have had (besides a beta fish and a bird). Tess doesn't seam to have a problem with Licorice but anytime Licorice sees Tess she hisses and swats and looks like shes about to have a heart attack, that's when Tess will attack back, and Licorice is way too old and scared to handle this.
Tess is a pretty big cat, very healthy and, according to the last owner is around the age of 7. She is VERY lovey and cuddly and is just a very good cat. I've brought her into the house and upstairs to my bedroom with food and a litter box and she used the litter box with no problem, but keeping her locked in my bedroom seams to be the only way both her and Licorice can be in the same house.
Now for my main question....
What should I do? Tonight is the first time Tess has been in my bedroom with me and I haven't put her back outside after a few hours. She seams to be doing fine so far. Cuddling up with me, laying with me, going to the litter box and eating, but as soon as I open the bedroom door she makes a dash for it.
Keep in mind I have a huge upstairs master bedroom / sitting area with a master bath, but I feel horrible keeping her lock in the room, especially after she's been a outdoor cat for so long. I don't think I would feel so bad if she could roam the entire house, but she just can't, not with Licorice around...
Am I wrong to do this? Should I just leave her outside until she sits at the door asking to be let in, and then bring her upstairs? There will be a point this winter where there will be up to 5 feet or more of snow covering my back porch, so there is no way she could even stay out there. Basically I want to know if anyone else thinks its "wrong" or a bad idea to keep her in my bedroom. I work from home and spend most of my time in my bedroom where my computer is, so she would have me around a lot. I just feel so bad, keeping her locked in here....but then again, I think I would feel worse seeing her in 5 feet of snow, freezing.
According to the last owner Tess has had all her shots, and has been "fixed". Also her front paws are de clawed.
Here is a picture of my baby Licorice who is 21 years old. The dot on her head is a wart that she's had on her head for the past 10 years or so. She just had it removed a few days ago. She's feeling a lot better about herself now. Hehehe...