I lost my lovely lad of a cat, about 3 yrs ago now and have resisted the urge to have another, now we are full timing and couldn't see any way of having a cat. I thought about a dog but I've turned into a cat person. Since full timing I've met three people that take their cat every where with them, not shut in even on site, just open the door and let them go, as one women said they know where the food is!! You feed and love them they will always come home. Don't know if I'm that brave tho just to let a cat out wily-nily, mind you they have been big self confident cats!