I'm confused. She lives indoors but has to go outside to the bathroom?!?
No. Cleo lives both indoors and outdoors, although the outdoors is in large, enclosed area. She goes outside to play, to hunt and sometimes sleep in the shed.
Some people like to keep their cats indoors to keep them away from fleas, predators, prey, maters, vehicles and people. Although it can be this is done for benefit of the cat, its really for the benefit of the owner who wants all the benefits of a pet (mainly affection and loyalty) but with no fuss or surprises attributed to an independent mind of a cat.
While keeping potty indoors is good for the owner, I believe this deprives the cat of their instincts. Cats need outdoor activity just like people do and my cats have free access to the outdoor world via a "doggy world". Their outdoor world consists of a controlled environment too, but it is extended to an enclosed, bug controlled lawn with prey such as mice, birds and squirrels, predators are non-existant and no people or vehicles to harm them. They have multiple places to sleep including the outdoor shed, but know the food is indoors and potty is outdoors.
They have more control over their decisions than an indoor cat, even if their decisions mean I have to comb and bathe to get rid of outdoor debris, but cats enjoy being cleaned by their "parents" even though their adult years because it reminds them of the good feelings they had when they were babies, so there is no downside to that effort; only good!
They may not enjoy going potty outside when its colder out, but they will either adapt to it like any survivor or I'll have to adapt to them to give them creature comforts. For now, its warm, its sheltered from weather, and they know where it is. The only queston is - does she purposefully pee indoors occasionally to tell me she doesnt like the outdoors or is it something else?
maybe you introduced them too quickly? Did they have an adjustment period?
I didnt control their introduction and should have in hindsight. Although they sleep together and tag team the moving string or mouse, the wrestling matches often turns into one biting too hard, the other yelping for mercy, and the aggressor chasing the other away until they work up into a fury and have a standoff. They usually back down, although sometimes one will antagonize the other until its time to sleep, but they always sleep on or near each other every night. Obviosuly, there is a fight for dominance, but the winner changes every day.
Be worthwhile taking her to the vets for a check-up.
I'll do that. She seems more resiliant than Brutus cat because he recently had crusty eyes and a wheezing breath, but only when sleeping at night. I dont know if he is like while sleeping during the day because I'm not around to notice it. He doesnt wheeze when active.