Looking for advice and maybe enablement.
There is an elderly cat at my boarding barn (18+ years old), who I am very tempted to bring home.
She was allegedly born at the barn, and was left when the previous owners sold the farm to my barn owner (with the promises of taking her to the vet, etc.). She’s very friendly, and hangs out with me when I’m at the barn late.
She’s quite thin, but has been for the 2 years I’ve been at this barn. However, she is long haired and has terrible mats on her back. The barn owner tries to stay on top of things, but inevitably she ends up in a pretty sorry state. She is at least vaccinated.
I thought last winter was going to be hard for her, and my barn owner asked if my partner and I were interested in taking her. At the time, it wasn’t an option given our living situation, though we could theoretically do it now. She’s a lone cat at the barn, though she tolerates the new kittens who were hired last year.
The concern we have is that she’s a cat that’s lived her whole life at a barn - the home we’d offer her is a high-rise condo. There wouldn’t be any possibility of her continuing outdoor life with us, which might help keep her contained, but could also be very frustrating. I assume the litter box wouldn’t be an issue, though I guess I don’t know that for sure.
Has anyone done this? Do the cats adjust? Is it fair to ask them to switch everything about how they lived?
Would love to hear anyone’s experience with this.