Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience.
~ Pam Brown
This is Sparky. When we first moved up, she refused to leave the house. It took her 6 months. She loves the outdoors but, this outdoors was very different from where she grew up. Slowly and incrementally over time, she ventured further and further outside. I think it took her a year to leave the porch. Finally, the other day, she climbed the apple tree and found the perfect perch and started posing.
She may be cautious but, she knows what she wants and that just might be those birds that are hanging out on the big branch out of camera view, near the bird feeder. I think she's daring me to move it...