My wonderful kitty Gracie used to be a stray cat. My parents and I moved into a new home and after about a year she wandered onto our porch and kind of adopted us. While I was away at college, she attached herself to my dad. When I came home from college, I replaced him the cat's meow ;) She's my cat now, there's no doubt about it. She follows me around, she cuddles with me when I sleep, she's my cat and I'm her human. Since she adopted us as her humans, she's been indoor/outdoor.
Anyway, I need some advice.
I love this cat with all of my heart, and I will bend over backwards for her, spend every last penny on her if I have to.
We're moving to a new area, unfortunately.We let her outside frequently, but she spends the nights and cold or rainy days in the house with us. Moving to a new area, I want to take her with me but I'm nervous about uprooting her from the surroundings she is familiar with. We have to stay with my grandmother for a few days until our new place is finished being renovated, and we brought Gracie with us. I don't want to let her out in this neighborhood, just to move her again to a new one, I think that's too much.
So here's where it gets sticky: My grandma has two cats and a dog (which will need to be put down very soon, unfortunately ). As if that weren't enough, my sister just sent us her young Golden Retriever from California. She had to move into a place that couldn't keep animals, so she sent him to us. He's very bubbly and obnoxious, as he's still kind of a puppy and hasn't had much human interaction. He's also not had ANY interaction with other animals until we got him just a few days ago. Gracie is TERRIFIED of him.
So right now, my Gracie is safe and warm in my Grandmother's bedroom, and she's been here for a couple of hours now. We took a towel from the carrier we used to bring her over and brought it to the other animals so they have a chance to smell her.
BTW - the new neighborhood we're moving too is RIGHT off of the freeway. I'm really nervous about her being outside in that neighborhood. Would it be too much to just keep her inside? I feel like it would break her and that breaks my heart.
Gracie is the first cat I've taken responsibility for-- I've honestly been a total dog person until Gracie found us, but now she is my entire world.
Any advice from fellow cat-owners?