I'm a fairly new cat owner. Jewel is my first cat and she's almost 9 months old. I have a dog as well, and one day while I was letting Micha (my dog) outside for her last duty call before I put her to bed, Jewel snuck outside. Jewel has been an indoor cat all her life and ever since her nighttime excursion she keeps trying to slip outside. I never took her for walks because I didnâ€™t want to encourage her to go outside. Now that she wants to Iâ€™m not sure what to do. If she gets out again will she be able to find her way back? Also, my neighbourhood is a dog neighbourhood. She still has her claws and minimal fighting experience when she and Micha play, but wonâ€™t Jewel get hurt if she wanders into another dogâ€™s territory? I guess my main question here is, should I let her become an outside cat just because she wants to when thereâ€™s chances of her getting lost, attacked and contracting rabies, flees and other diseases?
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1/8/06 at 3:27pm