Why is Holly a house cat?

Generally when you say house cat to some people they imagine that she is trapped in a tiny room with no door or windows and no access to the outside world, and that her life is entirely miserable. I’m sure many of you who follow Holly on both this blog and on her Instagram know that nothing could be further from the truth!

Once a cat is an outdoor cat it is very difficult and stressful for the cat to try and turn them into a house at, however, Since he day Holly was born behind a freezer, L decided that she would be an indoor cat only for two main reasons, L previously had a beautiful male cat named Tom, who went out probably more than he was inside, she got him when he was already middle aged, but one day he didn’t come back, and never has. This cemented the idea, along with the numerous cats that go missing daily in our area, due to living in  a place where the scum of the earth think it’s ok to shoot and murder cats a built up estate and some people not being as fond of cats in general. The decision was made.

Wherever we have lived Holly has had an outdoor space, whether that be a balcony, a garden or just a patch of grass! Holly grew up with a wonderful German Shepherd as an example, and took on many dog traits, she growls, barks and understands commands, that includes walkies, Holly knows to wear a harness and lead for her  to take us for a walk, and is much more comfortable going for a walk than being allowed to roam.

Whilst I cannot voice the advantages of having a house cat enough, I fully understand it is not for everyone, and the training period is hard work, Holly wasn’t born knowing that windows are dangerous when they are two floors up, or knowing the outside world. She doesn’t understand other cats, even though she now has one friend who lives next door.

Some people have asked about her natural hunting instinct and if it is suppressed by her being a house cat. The short answer to that is no. The longer answer is, she’s scared of her own shadow that whilst indoors she catches flies, spiders and has a never ending supply of toys and catnip. Her outdoor hunting has only ever surfaced once, she caught a baby sparrow that was hopping around the ground, she cuddled it and cried until we popped it back in it’s nest.
L and I have a few exotic pets, ranging from fish, to geckos, to snakes, to bearded dragons and tarantulas. It has always been important that Holly knows that if something did ever escape, even if it’s just the bugs that we feed them, then she leaves it for us to get. As we don’t want her or the other animals getting hurt.

I am incredibly aware of how lucky I am to be owned by have a cat like Holly, and know she is in the minority when it comes to be thisstubborn and insolent obedient and wonderful.
If you are thinking of having a house cat, make sure you do your research and choose a breed of cat which is suitable.
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As always…

Love Sooz and Holly. Xx

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