Taking in stray cat?
About two weeks ago we found a lovely grey long-haired female stray cat living in the yard of the vacant home next door. My 7-year old grandson found her, along with the "corpse" of a mouse, as he put it. He was concerned and named her "Whiskers", putting a note on my refrigerator which said "Feed Whiskers".
So, I have (much to DH's distaste). She is now living on our front porch, napping on the cushion of the wrought iron bench during most of the day and night, waiting for her 3 daily meals.
She is a real sweetheart, friendly and greets us when we come home and follows us around the front yard.
I put a litter box on the porch and she has used it a few times, but not consistently. Our neighbor today complained about a cat in the neighborhood urinating in his bushes. Ours is not a neighborhood with stray animals.
I'd like to bring her in to the house (she has come in a few times) permanently. We have another cat and two dogs so another is not a big deal. But, how easy is it to transition an outside cat to inside? And, how can I be sure she'll learn to use the litter box? I can't live with the smell of cat urine. I'd like this to work.