Wilson has always dreamed of being an outdoor cat. He breaks out of the house whenever possible. He does come back. He knows where the food is, inside. He would starve to death in the wild.
I don't know if Bevo or Uncle Mordecai were tempted to escape, but I have to believe the rain kept them in. Bevo was an outdoor cat as a kitten and knows how good life is on the inside. She is curled up on my hip right now. Mordecai, well, he has had his adventure and I think he prefers to sit around and tell the others his tales.
The Cat Came Back- Rowlf the Dog