Do I let my cat outside?

I’ve had my cat for about 10 yrs & when I met her she was just a stray. So, after we took her in, we would let her outside whenever she wanted since it was the environment she was most familiar with. Slowly, she’s transitioned into more of a house cat. But still has the desire to go outside.. Recently, she was... show more I’ve had my cat for about 10 yrs & when I met her she was just a stray. So, after we took her in, we would let her outside whenever she wanted since it was the environment she was most familiar with. Slowly, she’s transitioned into more of a house cat. But still has the desire to go outside.. Recently, she was missing for a day, which made me apprehensive to let her out again. But, last night, she really wanted to go outside & I didn’t let her. Am I being cruel to her by keeping her inside? Is she unhappy that I made her stay in?
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