Thanks for sharing that story, kurt. I’m afraid I am not that optimistic. My experiences with outdoor cats as pets have all ended tragically — usually with the cat being hit or run over by a car, or being killed by dogs or coyotes, or simply disappearing.
Miau is still coming around to eat. Last night it was raining, so he didn’t show up in the evening. At 11 pm, I checked outside and he was under my car. I put food and a bed near our front door and out of the rain.
This morning he came to eat again and then spent an hour stalking the ducks and squirrels that we feed in the backyard. I had to run him off before he killed one.
I am stressed out about him and about the wildlife that we feed and he stalks.
NOT a happy situation.