Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Southern California
As far as I can tell, Win's hearing is fine. Her sight seems okay too. :} One of my vets mentioned a while ago that one of her pupils was a bit larger than the other, which MIGHT have been the result of a stroke, but I've never noticed any neurological symptoms!
To my everlasting chagrin and unhappiness, yes, Win is an outdoor cat - I got her when I was 16 and my mother was very, VERY against animals in the house. We had two dogs and another cat at the time, and while they MIGHT have be allowed inside for 10 minutes immediately after having a bath, my mother would not even consider letting me keep my pets inside the house.
18 years later, I have the ability to bring Win inside the house, but she only enjoys it for a few hours and then she wants to go outside. If I try to force her to stay inside, she becomes miserable and protests continually. Right now she mostly lives inside the garage, which is used for large-object storage only (no cars or chemicals), so it's a pretty safe place for her. I lock her in the garage at night, and even during the day, she rarely ventures outside any more. Her health is still good enough right now that I feel okay in letting her live outside like she is used to - but I know the day may come when her health deteriorates to the point that I HAVE to make her an indoor cat, for her safety and comfort.
I have been very, VERY lucky with her being a lifelong outdoor cat, though. I know outdoor kitties rarely live as long as she has.
When she is gone and it's time for me to get another pet, it is 100% going to be indoors only!
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