She's about 4 and we've had her about 2 years. We've always kept her in. Not sure about previous owners.
We want her to be an indoor cat. She's terrified of other cats (loads around us), has dodgy knees so can't jump well (she escaped once and got stuck on a 5ft fence!) and lots of cats go missing here.
We've sort of trained (bribed) her so she mostly stays away from the back door as long as we don't leave it open. But we have to booby trap open windows eg tinfoil/carriers on the ledge even upstairs windows. Ovcassionally when we come home she darts out through our legs into next doors garden and 9/10 drops on her belly in a corner when see shes one of their cats. We catch her and bring her back in straight away.
She occassionally meows to go out. Not much though.
I feel guilty but it's for her own good. How can we get her to realise and accept she's not going out?
Some cats just don't want to be in. We've had rescue cats and cats from kittens. Some are not fussed either way and others make it their life mission to get out. One wee boy we had from a kitten, who we planned on keeping in, used to hide in shoes at the door and as soon as the door was opened he would bolt. He wasn't happy indoors so he became an outdoor cat .