My cats are part of my family, (I guess I'm crazy). They do not go outside - they live like kings in my house.
Dave, I grew up with dogs in the New York suburbs. Mom had a cat once; she surprised everyone, especially Mom, by dropping a litter of eight on the basement floor. Mom said: that's it. No more cats. So I grew up with a stereotype of cats being independent, not obedient like a good dog and most of all not affectionate.
As a single adult living and practicing law in NYC a dog was out of the question, walking regularly, I travel a lot so n.g.- no animal.
Married, my wife and daughter beat on me to adopt a cat so off we go to the North Shore Animal League and adopt two small kittens. And I quickly discover that cats are not unaffectionate at all, they're just not affectionate like dogs.
In the past almost thirty years I've had six cats, all indoor animals, and have had to put down five of them, the sixth died at age four of a heart abnormality. That one's brother was my last and a more affectionate animal I've never experienced. Like the song: when I come home at night he will be waiting - inside the door to the garage. When I headed upstairs, he's racing up to get there before me. He used to wake me at all hours 'grooming' (licking) my beard! and I had to put him down just a few weeks ago, indescribably painful, something that twenty-odd years ago I wouldn't have believed.
Dave, good on you for taking care of this little feline.