We have a cat on our street who is essentially a stray. His old owners got a dog which he didn’t take to and so he left his home at the top end of our street years ago. He remains on the street and is taken in during the winter nights by our neighbour across the road who also has a cat of their own. The two cats don’t get along so he can only be in the house during the night while their cat is out. Anyway... We lost our dog a month ago and ever since, the cat has been appearing at our door every day. If he hears our door opening he will appear and try get in the house and will then sit at the door meowing for quite some time. If we are outside he tries to follow us back in the house. He is well fed by a number of families on the street so it’s not food he’s looking for. We’ve never had this when we had our dog so I’m wondering if cats sense or smell when a dog is no longer there? We don’t have an issue with him being in our garden as he’s a friendly little thing but we can’t have him in the house as we have budgies. Will he eventually give up if he realises he won’t be allowed in or can we expect this for the foreseeable? We feel terrible that he sits outside for so long in the hope he’ll be let in, especially as the weather starts getting colder.