The backyard kitten of the summer is now officially welcomed into our household.
For weeks we contemplated the manner of taking him in. The process of indoctrination started as we put the food dish inside and leaving the window open. The kitten comes inside but he jumps back outside as soon as finished eating...so we weren't sure if it would stay indoors. Then one weekend, we were hearing a whiny meow all night without seeing the kitten. Turned out he was trapped by the neighbor (he keeps a sizable flock of pigeons in adjacent backyard) and was about to be sent far away, who knows where! Sensing the urgency, we went to retrieve the kitten, even though it was not technically ours, yet. The kitten escapes the cage and hides in the backyard for another day.
Next day he came inside the house to eat the food. That moment the window was closed shut.
To make the long story short, he has not stepped outside since. Well, except for the trip to ASPCA... Maybe when the weather gets warmer we'll let you run around the front yard.