I was never really a cat person, just had dogs. But myself and my OH lived in flats/apartments for years, she loves them, and I always promised we would get her a cat once we moved to a house.
So we did, and now he's really grown on me. Still not a cat person, but this guys my little buddy. He sleeps on my feets and kept them warm all winter. And he has an cool little personality.
But because we don't have a big garden, just a small yard and there is an industrial estate directly behind us with load of traffic/forklifts etc. We decided it would be best to keep him as an indoor cat.
Plus there are heaps of strays outsite, we had a problem where our cat caught ear mites from one of these and ended up with a hematoma requiring an operation on his ear. It is now deformed and flops over.
He's just over 2 years old now, only left the house to go to the vets and was very very scared. He is microchipped and neutered etc, but any advice I gotten is that it is now too late to let him out as he doesn't have the skills to find his way home.
He seems a perfectly happy indoor cat, playful and energetic etc. But a real scaredy cat anytime we brought him outside. However, he has made 2 breaks for the door recently when it was open.
I'm just afraid that if something spooked him outside and he ran for it, he would be a mile away from home before he knew where he was and not know his way back.
Also, he has no experience of cars and could just freeze like a deer in the headlights.
Does anybody have any experience of this, can a 2 year old indoor cat go outside?
Bearing in mind again, there are a REALLY high number of strays out the back of our house, a few fairly mean, have hissed at ours. I don't think he could hold his own in a fight.
Any advice welcome, thanks, sorry if tl;dr...