Ok, that sounded like a stupid question, but I'm really second guessing myself right this moment, at 12:30 am. My feral cat, Arwen, who I have been caring for for several years now, and who has been the resident feral cat in my neighborhood for 5-7 years, well, she trusts me now. She loves me and I absolutely adore her. I'm in Florida, and I know our Florida winters here seem horrendous to us thin skinned Floridians, but it is supposed to get cold tonight, 40's. We are having some pretty big wind gusts too. Arwen has gotten used to coming into my garage with the door cracked, during the day, and will sleep on a cozy little bed I have in there and leave when the sun comes out, since she would prefer to bask in the sunlight. She sleeps by my door, but at times, other strays in the neighborhood will run her off or fight with her. She is not a confrontational cat, and she is small. She will step aside to another cat who tries to eat her food. She is a bush dweller, prefers to lay on the ground, which scares me to death.
Anyway, a few weeks ago, after I could see she had been in a fight and had not been sleeping by my door, I presume she was hiding from the aggressive cat, I trapped her inside my garage and had her sleep in there for the night. She mewed a little bit, eventually must have settled down, because I didn't hear her, and I let her out promptly at 5:30 am, when I get up. She ran out right away, but as soon as she heard me open my front door to feed her, she ran right back, so all seemed well, she didn't seem too trauamtized.
So tonight, I have her in the garage again, she's been in there for about 30 minutes. I have her chair she likes to sleep in, her cozy bed, my shoes she loves to rub her chin all over, and I've been out there several times, and every time I go, she starts purring and kneading her bed, I can tell she is very sleepy. This girl is not young, she likes her sleep
I just wonder if I'm doing the right thing. I figure, if she were really distressed, she would be a wild woman, screaming and thrashing at the garage door to get out, right? I slept so good that night, knowing she was safely in my garage and couldn't get in a fight. I haven't heard any mewing for a few minutes now, so maybe she'll be ok. Sigh. I hope she just settles down in her chair or bed and goes to sleep. Does anyone else have this dilemma, or is it just me? If I leave the garage cracked, the cold air blows right into the garage and it's as cold as if you are outside, but with it down, it's very comfortable. Plus, no other cats or critters can get in there to harass her.
Some feral expert tell me if I'm doing ok doing this, or if I should just let her be free to go find her own place to be safe. I'm doubting myself right now. I just love this cat so much. She does have a litter box in there too, just in case, not that she would know what to do with it, but I put it out there just in case. Plus, our cars are in there, another place she is very used to hanging out under.