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Your Questions About Outdoor Cats

Richard asks…

Would it be okay to move my old, partially outdoor cat, from a house to an apartment?

Hello, my cat is almost 13 years old (though she still looks and definitely acts like a kitten for whatever reason) and has always lived in a house in the country-ish where she was able to go outside when she pleased, though she is ultimately a homebody and stays curled up on my bed a lot of the time. She’s a very social cat, loves to cuddle and meows a lot… This cat has been my baby since day one, always following me around and hanging out in my room; I don’t know what I – or she – would do without her curled up on my bed to cuddle with every night.
I plan on moving out of my parent’s house in the next few months and I really want to take her with me but I don’t know that it would be a good idea for her… I’d be moving into an apartment in a more central area where I probably wouldn’t let her out for fear of her running/getting lost/getting hit by a car.
Would be okay to move her, or would she react badly?
Would it almost be bad for me NOT to bring her with me due to her attachment to me?
Is there anything I can do to either get her used to the idea or to find out how she would react to the move?

Thanks!

admin answers:

The cat would be heartbroken for you to just leave her 🙁 I think you should move with her. She’ll have to get used to staying indoors full time. She will probably going to try to escape out of force of habit so make sure you watch doors and windows. Make the house/apartment is comfortable for her and put something fun and interesting for her. That will make her realize inside is a good place.

Linda asks…

How do I train my outdoor cat to be an indoor cat?

Basically I’m moving from the country to the city and plan to take my 8 year old outdoor cat. She usually only goes out to go to the toilet, and to lay in the sun outside. However when she’s indoors and can’t get out she does use her litter tray. I’m just wondering how to move her and train her to stay indoors without stressing her and her running away. As I had another cat who kept returning to the older house when I previously moved although that was only a mile so did not really matter.

admin answers:

Well, you would have to look after her carefully, so that she didn’t get out, because she would be very confused in a new area, and might run away out of fear, not because she didn’t want to be with you.

The positive thing is that she’s enjoyed a garden for 8 years. Now she’s getting a bit older, she won’t miss the garden as much as she would when she was younger.

I’d suggest you spoil her a bit to compensate – buy her a scratching post, and some catnip toys, so she continues to get exercise.

You could also plant soem grass for her (this is an important part of a cat’s diet) Even if she seems not to eat any she will really appreciate the smell of it and it will be worth while.

Hope it all goes well.

Sandra asks…

How do you make an outdoor cat warm in the winter?

I am getting a new kitten next week and my husband wants it to be outdoors only. We don’t have a heated garage but plan on it staying in there during the winter. Can anyone make a suggestion on how to keep a cat warm during the cold, bitter winter months? Should I build it a kitten house? Use Straw? Blankets? We have a portable heater but can only turn this on a few hours a day and can’t leave it unattended. It gives out enough heat within 3 feet. I’m worried this may burn her but keeping the garage door open slightly to allow her to go in and out is a must. PLEASE HELP!

admin answers:

Luckily for the cat it has fur! Cats fur gets thicker in winter months. They are aslo very good at adapting i’m sure the cat will be fine. My three cats all lived into their late 20’s and mostly lived outside without any additional coats etc!!!

Have fun with your new kitten!

Just make sure if it is to live outside that it has had all of its vaccinaions, cat flu is a killer!!!!!

Steven asks…

cat indoor or outdoor ?

hi i have a 17 week old kitten who i want to keep as a house cat cause i think its safer however everyone is lobbying for her to be an outdoor cat saying it isn’t fair otherwise taking away her natural habitat . I have a leash which i plan on using and she has lots of different toys and she seems happy whos right ? i just want to do the best for my cat .
I live in a city in a quite nice council estate

admin answers:

Many people believe that cats are intended to run free outside. On one hand, yes this is true, but on the other, keeping kitty indoors may be the best solution for her safety.

Do you live in a busy city? Is there a major street or road within 1/4 mile from your house? If yes, then you do not want to let kitty out. The risk of her getting hit by a car is too high, and it happens a LOT! I’ve seen roadkill cats in my neighborhood, and it’s not pretty. If you live in a quiet suburban neighborhood where speed limits are no higher than 25 mph, then kitty is probably safer outside.

There are other negatives about letting her roam outdoors – she can be more susceptible to illnesses, mean dogs, and other territorial cats. When two cats get in a fight, it often leads to injury, whether it’s a flesh wound or a sprained leg.

Since your kitten is still young, she will grow to be perfectly content to stay inside where she knows it’s warm, safe, and endless amounts of food. Your cat will be happy just having you there to take care of her!

Chris asks…

Should I turn my indoor cat into an outdoor cat?

My indoor female cat is 8 months old. She loves been inside because she feels safe. But she also likes being outside, when she doesn’t get scared and comes running in back to the house, and staring at people and at other animals.
She likes going out in the mornings and at night. She loves being out during the night! When I open the door for her in the mornings she only wanders around our porch. Ocassionaly she will wander farther down into the front yard or driveway (the driveway thing only happens when I go to my car).
In the night as soon as the front door opens she can be in the back room, hears the sound of the door opening and comes running to the door and out she goes. When this happens I always supervise her. I stay with her outside and she looks very happy. She wanders everywhere. She goes into the neighbor’s front yard, something she does not do during the day. She runs back and forth and chases flies and other insects. After a while she gets tired, I imagine, and steps right back into the house. She goes back to the room and starts playing with my brothers. Sometimes when she shows no signs of going back into the house I grab her and get her in. She rarely protest.
I believe she’s happy both inside and out.
I like her being inside but I would also like her to experience the outdoors. Other cats live near the block and she sees them through the window. I think she wants to be out with them. Sometimes both sit near the front door, the steel door closed and separating them, and they just stare at each other for hours. They even go to sleep this way together.

What should I do?

If I let her be outdoors I will make her a cat house and put her sleeping bed inside. I plan to feed her and play with her as well.
I forgot to mention that if I try to do this should I do it now, in my current home, or in the new home I’m about to move in?

admin answers:

If you’re ready to let her die, by all means let her out.

Perhaps she’ll catch Feline Leukemia or die in a bloody fight with one of those neighbourhood cats.

Or maybe you’ll go outside and only find her head because a coyote ate the rest of her.

Or maybe she’ll come home gasping – like my neighbour’s cat did the other day – go into a seizure and die infront of you because she ate something poisonous.

Or maybe you’ll have the grim task of collecting her remains from the street after a car ran her over.

Or maybe she’ll just not come home one night and this question with forever haunt you because you know it was up to YOU to keep your cat safe – and you didn’t.

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Indoor Cat Versus Outdoor Cat: What Do You Do?

Should your cat be an indoor cat or an outdoor cat? This is one of the more debatable and critical choices you must resolve as a cat person. How do you juggle the desires, security, and safety of a Happy Healthy Cat versus its needs? Will your cat be happy with cat climbing furniture or cat climbing trees for activity? Will it be fulfilled in cat condos houses or cat condos with stairs for that extra exercise?

Outdoor Cats

It is not always remembered that our cats are wild animals with a bit of domestication thrown in. They are created to the same characteristics as a wild cat is. They have the desire to hunt and catch their quarries. They live to stalk the local wildlife. If you present any opportunity, they’ll happily bring you back prey, adroitness made obvious. They will want your praise and approval of course, so don’t freak out, since you will only confuse them.

Having read this far, it is obvious that you are a cat loving person. If you do not own a cat, but have the facilities and finances to do something to manifest that love for the feline animal, then the best thing you can do right now is erect an outdoor cat house in your back yard.

By doing this you would be providing shelter for the unfortunate neighbourhood feral and stray who may, and many a time definitely will wander across your property at night in search for shelter and food.

Having found the shelter provided by you, any one of these unfortunate cats may and will make it a temporary home, and you can take it from there.

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This post was written by TKB_Editor on January 5, 2012

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