Our kitty Moody Capricious has finally gained indoor acceptance after a garage/outdoor shelter life, and she is completely adorable and enjoying her new more luxurious life.
It seems usually that cats get more acceptance as indoor pets than dogs, doesn't it? In our household, the reverse has held true. I love cats and have usually accomodated several before we came to our current living arrangement. If the cats proved to be good about not peeing or pooping in unauthorised places, they enjoyed indoor status. If they had strange proclivities like peeing in the laundry hamper or pooping in places other than a litter box, they had to be content with outdoor status and shelters. I have never invested in fancy furniture or house fixtures, so I never counted swinging from the curtains or climbing the couches as intolerable behavior. Our current adorable kitty came to us a couple of years ago (could be two or three actually, I have not kept an accurate count). My daughter pled for Capricious to get an indoor life trial, and finally succeeded in overcoming the fear of nastiness and most animals in general barrier erected by her extremely order conscious Grandmother with the caveat that my daughter would deal with any deficits in hygiene immediately. We have been working with Izzy to squash the urge to chase cats and other smaller animals since she came to live with us and our efforts have really paid off! We gradually allowed the two animals to touch noses through a cracked door way. When Capricious finally got to come inside, we sequestered Izzy in her room and let her visit on a leash. I made her sit immediately upon site of Capricious and stay seated, regardless of what the cat did. If Izzy was still in vigilant go for it dog mode, I would make her lie down. This broke her focus on the kitty and also instilled a submission response. Gradually, we have left the leash behind and Izzy is doing quite well. Her worst sin of the moment is trying to sniff Capricious kitty's butt when she moseys past. This has gotten Izzy cat smacked which promps her to flee. (Capricious kitty came to us with no front claws, so the smacks never result in injury) I am still vigilant for cues of what may come between the animals, but so far, things are going really well. Kitty comes into our room and even sleeps with us. She also likes to lurk and do quick Izzy ambushes and then dart away which leaves Izzy looking bemused but definitely non aggressive. I felt really bad for not being able to let our kitty dwell inside after we discovered that she was missing her claws, but it took quite a while for my mother to relax her paranoia. She seems to be a bit afraid of cats, but is truly improving!