Lonely better than scared kitty??
Last year we adopted a 2-3 year old kitty. He is cute but shy, and hasn't been out, so he's an indoor kitty. At the shelter they said he was socially awkward with cats. He is also scared of all visitors. He is also scared of the leash we tried to put on to get him to go outside. He is scared of EVERYTHING. But he is soooooo cute. And he loooooves us.
We just adopted two more 'outdoor cats', mother and son pair. We have a vole/mouse problem we really need to deal with. We will keep the new cats in the detached garage during the night (currently they are indoors in the garage to adjust). My husband does not want 3 cats in the house. The garage is pretty large and nice (it used to be a barn) and I got them all heated cat beds and toys etc, but I don't spend as much time with these cats as the indoor cats. However, the outdoor cats seem ok with it. They cuddle when I'm there, but seem to go off after an hour or so. They have each other. The indoor cat requires more attention.
We go on vacation a couple of times a year for more than a week. We have a cat sitter, but I think the indoor cat might be happier with the indoor/ outdoor cats (they will be all locked in during this time for safety). After switching fur between them to smell for a couple of days, I brought the indoor cat in a carrier to the garage to meet the cats. I thought territories might not be fully established since the outdoor cats are new. But the indoor cat hissed, the outdoor cats just looked. I took him back after a couple of min. The indoor cat was clearly upset. OK, I have to take this more slowly.
I know I can continue and can probably make this work.
But do you think it's worth trying to socialize these cats, if the indoor only spends one or two weeks per year with the indoor/outdoor cats? The re-establishment of territory each time might be more stressful. On the other hand, the indoor is a love-bug, and will probably get awfully lonely without company. But he also hates, hates hates new places and is scared of everything. What to do?