Friends are moving from the countryside to the city. They have a flock of chickens, a cat and dog, all raised together. Obviously, they have learned to coexist well.
I’ve been wanting chickens (for eggs) for a long time, but stayed busy with my cattle, and chores. I have the space for more animals without impacting not-so-close neighbors, so now the chicken pens are built and the hens are already laying eggs the first day here. I don’t want to adopt the dog, because I’m not willing to upset those I’ve already had a long time; their son will take him. That leaves … the cat!
The cat is estimated to be about eight months old. She showed up at their door a tiny kitten, and with reliable food and water, she has lived outdoors around their house – with the chickens and dog. I’ve never owned an outside cat before. I live way out in the country. Since I love and feel responsible for each of my animals, I need advice for a selfish reason – I don’t want my heart broken after bonding if the home I offer her is not in her best interest.
My idea is that she can continue to live outside – with a little cubby attached to the cabin wall outside the door, with a bowl of fresh water, dry food and pillow – then whenever we go in or out, she can come inside if she wants to. She has all her natural sharp claws and shots, but the owners refused to have her spayed. As her normal routine has been, she’s out all night and slept in their garage all day. I do wonder about stray cats that roam across my land (they live wild) – the occasional abandoned dog, wild pigs, fox, skunk, armadillo, possum, coon, owls, hawks.
Haven’t found my situation addressed on the regular pet websites. Any experienced cat owners/lovers with words of advice?
PS: She’s already won my heart!