My cat Kiwi was born in November 2011, I lived with him for 3 years with my father and my sister in our apartment. In 2013, my father met my future stepmother who is really, really obsessed with cleanliness. In 2014 we all moved in to our current house and here is the problem.
As my stepmother is obsessed with cleanliness, she can't stand any dirt in her house (she vacuums nearly every day to give you a clue), and as a consequence, she can't stand any hair falling from my cat. And you guys know how much pets lose their hair... Finally, in 2014, my cat was expelled from our place and since, he lives exclusively in the garden.
I wouldn't say the garden is small, he can run within 8 meters easily and jump over some little stuff, there are 2-3 trees and some grass.
However, each winter since 2014, my cat disappears at the coldest time of the year, when it snows. My father put a small heater last year in his hut for him, but it sounds it's not enough. We don't see him for 1 to 3 weeks, and I'm very worried at this time of the year, hoping I'll see him again. The worst moment as a pet owner was the first winter when he left our garden for several weeks before the vet called my father as someone dropped him there as he had a broken paw !
So my question is, what are the odds that my cat is happy despite his situation, it has been a large subject of argument with my stepmother and a little bit with my father too, as they really reject him, shouting at him when he tries to enter the house and so on. I also know cats are more used to live outside than we, humans, so I guess he's not as sad as a homeless human can be.
I would finally finish my question by telling you guys, I won't, unfortunately, be able to move into my own house before 6-7 years left, as I'm still a student.