I love my inside kitties and I advocate for cats to be loved inside the home—only to go out on a harness and leash or a cat-proof outdoor pen or catio. But I do enjoy seeing neighborhood cats out and about. Here are a few who grace our neighborhood.
George is a tangerine-colored female Maine coon cat from New York. From what I hear, she handled the road trip to her new home in California with grace and confidence. She was an inside-outside kitty, who was ultimately banned from the house because she wouldn’t stop eating plastic. She cost her family plenty in vet bills (they found a large piece of a toy in her intestines once) and in replacement wiring and hook-ups for their electronics. She has adapted to the out of doors.
George’s yard-buddy is Joy—a skittish kitty with a Siamese heritage who was born at a California beach.
Here are a few additional photos of cats I see hanging out around the neighborhood.
I read recently that a cat that is kept inside lives on average five years longer than an outside only cat.