queenb, I hope your Ringo comes home soon. My Buddy is an indoor-outdoor cat. He is not at all needy when the weather is fair, but as soon as it gets a little cold, he is hugging the doorstep waiting for us to let him in. We have a nice perch and cat hut up high on the covered porch, too, which makes him feel safe. But like I said, even though he has a nice place outside, he knows where his home is when the going gets rough. I hope your Ringo is ready to come back soon.