Once a homeless cat gave birth to twins under an abandoned house. The kittens were so much alike that only a mother could tell them apart. Unfortunately, the kittens’ mother deserted them and they had to fend for themselves.
The kittens looked identical but they acted the exact opposite. One kitten liked to get out and explore the neighborhood. It always found interesting tidbits to see or smell or eat. The other kitten was much too timid to venture out. It relied on its brother to provide food and warn of danger.
One day the curious kitten wandered into the yard of an elderly man. It walked right up to him and began to meow. The kind man put out food for the kitten and provided a bed on his carport. Later, he brought the kitten inside and fed and sheltered it. The kitten grew into a beautiful healthy cat with everything a cat needed, love, companionship, food, toys and a nice bed. But it never went outside again.
The scaredy-cat kitten eventually ventured out but always stayed close to its familiar under house home. It grew by starts and stops and any morsel of food it could catch or steal. It huddled by hot water pipes in the winter and slept by a.c. coolant lines in the summer. The kitten kept an eye out year around for neighborhood dogs and cats. And it never got to live inside.
So which of these two cats, do you think, had more freedom? The inside cat that would never get to chase lizards or smell wildflowers or stay up all night if it wanted to? Or the outside cat that would never have too much to eat or have a companion who gave it a lifetime of love and protection?