I recently got a job offer to work in the jungle in Hawaii. Thing is, I will actually be living in a campsite, graduating up to an a-frame structure, then finally housing. I have 3 cats - 2 are 7 and one is 14 - and they've always been indoor cats. Is there a cut off age to introduce them to the outdoors? I worry too that they won't have much of a transition - they'd be indoor cats, take a stressful journey + quarantine, then be living outdoors all the time. Would this be a bad move for them?
Definitely do not take your cats with you and let them live outdoors. Outdoor cats are a huge problem in Hawaii - because the islands have no native mammalian predators and introduced cats are decimating the wildlife - so it is absolutely not okay to bring cats over to release into the outdoors. This is especially true if you’re living away from civilization, because then you’re introducing invasive predators into an area that might have escaped the impact of predation previously. Most of the fauna in Hawaii are endangered birds, please do not facilitate them turning into rare cat toys.
You’re much better off leaving your cats with a family member or a friend. Air travel is stressful for animals, and the flight to Hawaii is long. Not to mention that since there’s a required quarantine, you’d have to come back in from your campsite to pick your cats up after that period was over. They’d probably be fine in the outdoors - as fine as any outdoor cat would be - but it would be super irresponsible to put them through that process and then on top of it knowingly contribute to the extinction of endangered animals in an island ecosystem.