Sometimes we’ll let him hunt in the screened-in part. We live in Arizona with a lot of bobcats, coyotes, and hawks that might pick him up in an instant if he goes outside of the screened area. He does love hunting outside though
You’re smart to give him a safe place to hunt and lounge. It would be heart-breaking to see a hawk carrying off your dear friend. I hear it’s been hot down that way. Is that affecting his desire to be outdoors? Is it offsetting his brumation urges or is he proceeding with slowing down regardless of the weather?