A friend at work “rescued” this cat. It started hanging around, so being a cat person, he fed it. The cat was super friendly, so he figured someone had abandoned it. He was looking for someone to adopt it, so we said “OK, why not”.
My friend was right — it is as friendly and affectionate a cat as we’ve ever met.
Except it doesn’t want to stay in the house. It sits by the window and looks outside, and at every opportunity tries to get out. We wanted to keep it indoors for a while — at least for a few months so that it learns where ‘home’ is.
But it’s major stress trying to keep the cat from doing what it wants to do. When it’s gotten out, it’s stayed out for several days. The first few times it came back. But now we’re at 3 days with no sign of the cat.
We finally came to the understanding that the cat is going to do what it wants. And so now I don’t really care what that is. If it comes back, then fine. If it doesn’t, well, that’s just what the cat wants to do, regardless of how attached we might be to it.
In the previous couple of months, seeing all those people trying to “convince” LeBron to stay in Cleveland seemed rather pathetic. Just like I would be pathetic if I tried to convince my cat that he should want to stay with us, and stay in the house and never try to get out.
The big difference though is that my cat didn’t hold a 1 hour TV special to announce that he was going to go live in the woods and eat mice and chipmunks. So I have a lot more respect for the cat.