We really thought we were going to lose Fifille. At first we thought she wasn't coming home because she got killed. Then my dad came home from work and heard a meow, and said "fifille?" and called her and she meowed and meowed. She never did this, she was pretty wild and wouldn't care if you called her. And he saw she wasn't moving at the edge of the garden lying down and he picked her up and saw her back legs were limp. My parents drove her DIRECTLY to the vet, it cost so much money just for the x-ray. They saw she had a triple fracture on the hip bone where the leg is connected to the hip. They said we had 2 options: put her down now, or keep her in a cage for three months without moving in hopes it will heal correctly. She's my little brother's cat so my parents came home with her to decide as a family. We decided it was worth it to try and keep her in a cage and see if it was okay after a week. We gave her medicine to ease the pain, and she meowed a lot to get out the cage, but she seemed SO grateful that we were helping her. We got our friend acupuncturist to come do Rikei on her (hand healing), and that cat HATES strangers, and would usually try to bite, she started PURRING the instant the friend put her hands above her and fell asleep! it was amazing to see.
After a month she was already moving, and after 3, we took her back to the vet and she was fine! the bone healed really well and it all looked good. The toe fell shortly after, on my mom's bed. She thought it was a giant furry bumblebee haha. I don't think it hurt her, it was all dry, and it didn't bleed.
It still brings me to tears too what she must have gone through, it was a few years ago, and she's so different now and much sweeter, she's really grateful we helped her. Now she even comes and sits on our laps when we're in front of the TV. The only person she liked before was my little brother.
for indoor cat, it really depends on the cat. Caramel would meow all night long to go out, no matter how much we said no, same thing with fifille. Caramel was so sociable he'd go out to get into neighbor's houses and get more petting than just at home. Fifille was an ardent bird chaser, we put a bell on her neck so she didn't bring them in as presents for us. She still meows to go out but she knows why she's not allowed, that accident really changed her personality. So when it's nice out we take out a cage top and put it on the grass and we let her watch the birds and eat some grass for a few hours while watching her, she really likes it.
Tia however, is scared! she's allowed to go out because she never leaves the garden. She stays on the patio most of the time and comes back in after 5 minutes because she heard a bird or something.
Valentin never went out, and he never asks to go out. We've taken him out on a harness before and he likes it, but doesn't miss it.
If you never let her out, she shouldn't miss it