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Emily came inside last night.

Everyday, for nine years, I have asked her to come inside.  I’ve done everything to get her to come in. NINE HORRIFIC winters and nothing.

Last night, I opened the door (had a house for her built onto my house over the French Doors) I asked her to please come inside and instead of running away, she walked in.  I closed the screen door, which I was going to have removed so it wouldn’t open into her house, and she looked outside, then walked over to the carpet and sat down.  I left the heavy French Door open, but she never went back to the screen, so I shut it and she didn’t care.

She is now living in the powder room, by the back door.  She won’t come out.  She lets me pet her and she purrs, but she has nested there and made it her new house.  I’m okay with that.  I have beds for her EVERYWHERE, but she’s on the wooden floor, of course.  Put cat scratchers out, (she loves them) and water and food dishes.  She is steadfastly glued to the power room because it’s must feel like a big box and she feels safe.

I don’t care if she doesn’t want to run around the house.  I’m so HAPPY that’s she finally inside and warm.  She’s safe from coyotes, possums and raccoons.

She was never a feral cat.  She’s very polite and exceptionally sweet.  I’ve had feral cats in my yard, as well as house cats that people threw away.  Big difference.

I don’t know why it took her nine years to come in, but when I brought her in, against her will, she was hysterical.  So I let her out again.

This was her decision and she seems happy.  I think we’re both happy, since she has wanted me to live with her in her outside house, for some time.  I can see how disappointed she is when I finally go back in the house.

So, my son-in-law built an entire room onto my house.  She has a two room dog house inside that house, with heated beds.  We did everything to make both of us happy and then she decided to finally move in.  YAY!

He can take the house down in the summer so I can get some light in the room.  The addition made it very dark.  I would do anything for Emily, so I didn’t care, but now that she’s living in the powder room, we don’t need the addition.

Em, is a truly wonderful cat.  I hope we have many years together.  My house is happy, she seems happy, and I’m happy.  I can feed the birds again, so they will be happy too.  🙂  It’s all good.


Comments on: "After 9 years of begging and pleading…" (49)

  1. I can feel your relief and that you’re really happy.

  2. Amazing. Cats are so opinionated, right?

  3. I’m so glad you didn’t give up on her, she knows an animal lover when she sees one –

    • She’s in the laundry room right now. I fed her and she got pets, so she’s going to sleep. The laundry room is directly across from the powder room. She has taken over both of them and the good thing is, they are in their own tiny hallway, so she won’t be bothered by anything. She seems fine. She did come into the family room for pets but then it got too stressful so she went back to a smaller space and I went with her. So it’s been 24 hours and she’s doing great. So am I. I’m so happy she finally came inside. ❤

      • that’s amazing

      • And she’s so peaceful and happy. She just walked in and that was that. She’s the sweetest cat and very polite. I think she would wear pearls if she could. LOLOL She’s such a sweetheart. I’m so fortunate that she finally made up her mind. I don’t have to worry about the weather, the coyotes, raccoons, possums or anything else. Just get to oet her and give her treats. 🙂 Perfection.

      • a win-win for both of you. the time was finally right

  4. This makes me very happy for you and Emily!!! I worried about her in that cold, snowy weather.

    • Constant worry, even with a room built onto my house and heated beds and dishes, it was a nightmare. Now she’s snug, warm, constantly petted and fed 24 hours a day. I am so happy. I just love her so much and she’s so incredibly well behaved and sweet. I haven’t picked her up yet. I sit on the floor with her and she rubs against me, but I will het her crawl onto my lap. Don’t want to freak her out. She’s just perfect. Thank you so much Becky. ❤

  5. WOW! What an accomplishment! You earned her trust.

    • Only took 9 years, but who’s counting, right? I’m SO HAPPY. She is too. Never even goes by the door. Is getting lots of pets and love, as well as treats and food that can be left out, for snacks. It’s so fabulous. She’s relaxed and just napping and wandering around looking at things. She’s very sweet and extremely polite. She’s a perfect cat. I’m positive someone just threw her out. She’s not feral, just let go. And she’s so wonderful. Just a fantastic cat.

  6. As you can see, I read this after your later post. Oh. Em. Gee!!! And yaya! Emily has officially adopted you for realz!

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