They did, very much. In fact, the flaps were open all the time except in extreme rain/snow or sandstorms, and they could come and go as they wished, all day/night long. They had a feeding station out there with fresh water and food, a litterbox, and all kinds of climbing, perching, scratching, playing and relaxing places. We were there just shy of 3 years. It was a Paradise for us.That is super nice - and inspirational! I bet they LOVE it!
Kittens are adorable. But they can also be annoying and loud and constantly meowing. Maybe Midnight just isn't happy about this change. Maybe given some more time to adapt to it, he might warm up to them.Since Pumpkin gave birth last Tuesday, Midnight has no interest in staying in the house longer than necessary, which means when he has eaten his fill. He used to love to lounge around all day. I get that he is jealous or whatnot, but do you think that his desire to remain will return once the kittens are re-homed? What if we keep one of them?
We have an appointment to get him neutered and vaccinated in two weeks, which means we intend on keeping him as an indoor cat, but if he isn't interested in being here, we don't want to torture him by trapping him. Thoughts?
She's got a point there, if he's very feral and if he's wanting to mate. So yes, keep the kittens safe. Of course, kittens that young aren't going anywhere so it would be very easy to keep them in their own room with mom and take Midnight in with the rest of the space being accessible to him.Maybe we should roll the dice and wait until after the kittens are re-homed to take Midnight in permanently. Dr Wifey is afraid that he will try to kill the kittens.
What is the reason to think of moving them? I would not, if at all possible.Thank you all for your advice. However it raises another question for me: Is it wise to move the kittens and Pumpkin to another room after Pumpkin has taken to the parlor? The kittens won't know nor care, but I don't want it to confuse or upset Pumpkin if all of a sudden they are somewhere she didn't choose. All of this is brand new to me and I'm operating 50% on advice from friends and the other 50% on common sense and compassion.
I agree with you, anticus , which is why I put it out there as to any reason for moving them. Mothers are very adamant about choosing places they feel are safe for their kittens. I would not interfere with this unless it was absolutely necessary for their wellbeing.Thanks, Sarthur! You don't think Pumpkin will be confused by moving her and the kittens to a room she hasn't chosen herself? I feel like she might freak out if I pick up her birthing box and walk away with it. While she and I are close, we don't communicate as clearly as I do with Midnight.
I don't think moving them is necessary for their well-being. I think I can create a dedicated area in the parlor for them to play in and explore that will give them the stimulation they need and the safety they require. I am listening to and respecting every piece of advice - I am so grateful for everyone's contributions - all ya'll's experience is invaluable. But ultimately we see the big picture, that I can't adequately communicate on a forum, and we will make the decision that we feel will be best for all.