Last Christmas my husband and I adopted a 5 month old siamese neutered male (Karnak aka Karnie). We take him on walks to nearby parks. (Karnie has on both a harness and a retractable leash.) He's also allowed to play on the upstairs deck (which is sizeable). Today he figured out how to get down from the deck and went into a nearby neighbor's yard. We discovered he was missing probably no more than 30 minutes after his "great escape." We found him and brought him back inside. We think he left the deck because he wants to play with the other neighborhood cats. My questions is should we restrict him to the indoors with periodic walks or let him roam? We love him dearly and want him to be happy but worry about his safety. (Our neighborhood is not too near busy streets.) As a first time "mom" I'd really love to hear more experienced cat parents' opinions. Thanks!
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7/2/02 at 3:58pm