OK, my son's girlfriend had a kitten (maybe 5 mo. or so now) hanging around her house for months. She couldn't take him in because of allergies.
A couple weeks ago, I went to her house, and his ear was horribly burned. I couldn't sleep that night, knowing that someone may have intentionally hurt him.
The next day, he came to live at our house. His ear now is completely healed, he loves his new brother and his dog! He is a very well behaved little boy that has even been using his litter box EVERY TIME, even though he has always been outside.
He has an appointment to get neutered on Friday and we love him very much. His name is Diablo.
Now, the problem. Since he has been here, he has not been outside at all. I wanted to keep him in. We live near a busy road that I would not be comfortable him being near. He was by a slow side street when he was outside before.
This evening, our son went out, and Diablo just flew out the door! I almost had a heart attack, as it was dark out, we live near woods, and Diablo was terrified! We finally, after about 15 minutes of corralling, got him back inside.
Since he has been in, he has been crying at the door, wanting back out to explore! What do we do now??? My husband thinks that maybe we should let him go out and see if he'll stay close and be OK going in and out (we have an older cat that does this without ever a problem). But what if he disappears into the woods?
How would you handle this???