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Can an indoor cat survives as an outdoor cat?

I have 2 years old cat, i feel so bad with him coz since he attacked my sister,my mom and me many times,like i got stitches on my ear even you pet him,got a lot of deep scars on my legs now,i still keep him,but keeping him in my room inside the cage,after that we moved to new place and keep him in the basement,i tried to let him out the backyard but he keeps meowing….so i let him in again. My family doesnt like him roaming around the house coz they are scared with him. I tried to and fight wioth it to make him familiar with everybody but always an incident happen,my cat attacked my mom again. I dont know what to do,i tried to make everybody happy but i cant handle anymore,i am planning to keep him as an outdoor cat but i wonder if he will survive since he got scared with just a slamming door what more with horns of cars and etc….helppppppp…if i take him to the shelter i feel bad for the family to take him,,my cat might attacked the new owner….hellllllp. He is very adorable though,and i understand why hes acting that way coz hes been in the cage for a while and i want him to roam outdoor,i just dont know if he will survive and thats the best for him..hellllp.

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This is a very difficult situation. It sounds to me like your cat would struggle with life outside. Especially if he's been inside all his life. Cats will adjust, but it's during that adjustment period that he'd get hit by a car or killed. I would NOT let him outside – what if he injures a neighborhood kid?! You'll be liable for any damage he causes. He may kill a neighbors cat or bite a little kid trying to pet him (cat bites are very painful and easily infected as I'm sure you know). If he is really this stressed and violent it may be best to euthanize him. It's terrible, but it doesn't sound like he's very happy in spite of what you've done for him. A miserable, fearful life in a home with people who are afraid of him is no life for a cat. Some cats have mental disorders and are really unhinged. I know this can be sad, but he'd never find a new home, and it's irresponsible to let anyone else handle him or let him outside to hurt more people. I'm so sorry.

How do you make an outdoor cat a happy indoor cat?

Basically, I have a stray cat that I took in. I believe based off her behavior that her previous owner had her do her business outside and let her outside during the day. She's happy to stay in at night but when I leave for work in the morning she bolts out the door. I don't want to punish her for doing this and I'm afraid to simply lock her inside because she might start to meow loudly and the neighbors might hear and complain. (Technically, I'm not supposed to have pets in my apartment and could get evicted over this. I'm planning on moving to a residence that allows them ASAP) I need her to want to stay inside. Any ideas? I have lots of toys in the apartment for her to play with and a cat perch. Part of me is thinking to just let her be an outdoor-indoor cat until I move to a residence that allows cats. And as far as taking her to an animal shelter is concerned, none of the no-kill shelters in my area will take her.

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If you brought the cat in your house recently, she may have to start getting used to inside. Stray cats usually can't wait to go outside after they have just been adopted. Let her outside occasionally but maybe after a while she will get used to your home. After a few months, she may even want to stay inside. While you are at work, make sure your cat has a nice place to sleep, plenty of water and food.

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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on July 10, 2012

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Your Questions About Older Cats, Pregnant Cats and Cat Harnesses

Lizzie asks…

Dilemma on moving my older cat from home or adopting my foster baby.?

In a couple weeks, I will be moving in to my pet friendly apartment to start my third year of college. We are only allowed two cats, and my roommate is already bringing hers. My original plan was to bring my 11 year old cat with me. However, I fostered a kitten for several weeks over the summer from the time he was 3 weeks old, and became very attached.

I had doubts about whether the move would be a good idea before this happened (at about 4 years old he became an indoor/outdoor cat because he started to pee inside the house, and in his new home I would have to keep him inside the apartment with another male cat – I wouldn’t want to keep him inside my room all the time.

Now that I have become so attached to this kitten, I feel bad…I tried going back home and leaving him behind, but I really really miss him after a week. I still love my older cat, but I got him when I was much younger and didn’t do most of the work of raising him myself, my mom did it, so I never bonded with him quite the same as I did with bottle-feeding the kitten. I feel like the kitten is my baby, and while I feel like my older cat deserves more attention (though he does get love at home with my parents, he’d get more if he was more of an only cat with me), I’m not sure it would be fair to uproot him and then either have to leave him alone in the apartment when I went back for breaks, or move him back and forth several times during the school year.

And though I am a college student, I do have the ability to provide excellent care (quality food and pay vet bills) for a cat, so that isn’t an issue, I know kittens cost more at first because of all the vet care required for fixing and vaccinating them.

At home there are currently three other cats (female) so my older cat hasn’t technically been an only cat, but we don’t let him wander free in the house so he doesn’t get much interaction with them. I’m just worried that a male cat in such close quarters might cause him to start peeing inside again, or that the move will be too stressful.

Also, if I don’t take the kitten instead, he will have to go to a different home because of the limit on cats in our apartment, which makes things even harder. I feel like I’m betraying my older cat, but I love the baby!

I could possibly more to a different apartment next year that allows more cats, but that isn’t definite.
Oh no, I’m not rehoming my cat! If I don’t take him with me, he will simply stay at home with my parents like he has been doing for the past two years.

admin answers:

While you have a better chance of rehoming the kitten, its possible for the older cat. And I can’t begrudge your attachment. I suggest if you’re really set on giving away the older cat, put an add out on craigslist and find a good home. If he’s used to being outside, it would be cruel to keep him trapped inside. Find a family without young children, preferably people who lost an old cat and want to get an older cat to replace it. A lot of people would be open to future contact to make sure he’s ok if that’s what you want.

Donna asks…

Ideas for quarantining a stray, pregnant cat?

Long story short, there’s an abandoned, stray cat in my neighborhood. She’s extremely friendly and sociable, so I plan on bringing her home with me so that she can deliver her kittens in a safe place. I plan on adopting the kittens out only to approved homes as indoor, neutered cats. I also hope I can adopt out the mother after I have her spayed, but realistically she will probably take longer to adopt out than the kittens, and she’ll probably grow on me in the meantime.

However, I have two dogs, two cats, and a rabbit. The dogs and cats have free roam over my house except for my bedroom, and my rabbit is free-roam in my bedroom. Because I don’t want to stress this cat out by forcing her to tolerate and mingle with the other cats and dogs while she is pregnant, I want to keep her in my room. At the same time, I recognize that my rabbit is a prey animal, and that while my own cats have never hurt my rabbit, this cat may not feel the same way.

So, how best to quarantine this cat in my room, so that she is both comfortable, and all of the animals are safe.

I’m considering building something using cubes and zipties, like these…
http://www.binkybunny.com/BUNNYINFO/CoolHabitats/tabid/71/Default.aspx
But I’ve only ever found cubes online, so it may take me a while to get them.

Or, I could buy a pen like these…
http://www.amazon.com/Wildwhiskers-Outdoor-Feline-Funhouse/dp/B000AL5C1Q/ref=sr_1_18?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1307897044&sr=1-18
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=14629&cmpid=08csent&ref=3665&subref=AA
But I want a cheaper option…

What do you think? Any cheaper options? Any ideas?

-Alika613
Innocent, the problem is that she lives in a barn that is boarded up and can’t be entered without breaking into it. I’m pretty sure that is where she will want to have them. The other problem is that if I leave them without taking her in, and socializing and neutering them, the feral cat population in my neighborhood will grow.

admin answers:

A bathroom is inconvenient but works. Otherwise a large dog kennel will work if you can find one on Craigslist or something – could put either the rabbit or the mom/kittens in it. Or perhaps you could close off one of the other bedrooms for the stray cat? Good luck!

Michael asks…

Having cat wear a harness for the first time?

I’m going into my third year of college and have been living away from my parents house. I have a cat who I got about 4.5 years ago who has lived with my parents for the time that I’ve lived in pet-free housing. This fall, I’m moving into a duplex which allows pets and my roommates have agreed to let me move my cat with me.

However, she has been an indoor/outdoor/as-she-pleases cat since she was about 6 months old (I got her at 8 weeks). My parents live on land, on a dead end road with a huge field across the gravel road. Where I’ll be moving her to is in a city, but a mostly residential area, but not quite a full-out development, so I’m planning on making her more of an indoor cat. I would really like to take her outside at some point, but I don’t really want her being free to roam since there will be a lot more car/person traffic in the direct area.

How easy is it to get a cat to wear a harness and be comfortable in it? She doesn’t get bothered by many things (blankets over her head and tape on her feet don’t bother her). She tends to follow me when I go outside now anyways, so do you think it would be hard for me to get her to walk on a leash? Thanks for your time and input!
She’s quite energetic (I’m pretty sure she’s part Siamese) and that’s a big part in why I want to be able to take her outside. But she’s pretty chill with getting put through odd things.

admin answers:

Get a cat harness (or one for small dogs) and a leash (I would recommend a flexi-leash since that allows your cat more controlled freedom where the area allows.

And then start it as a game.

1) put the harness at your cat’s most favorite napping spot. This way she will get used to have it around and when she is allowed to play with it a bit she will see it as a fun thing.

2) after few days, take the harness and just lay it over your cat’s back. She may shake it off, which is OK. Play that “harness over my kitteh’s back” game until she carries it around.
Reward her with a praise – even when she was carrying it only few inches before shaking off.

3) Then lay the harness over your cat’s neck. Same procedure as step 2. Again reward your cat – even when she was carrying it only for few inches at the beginning.

4) When she carries the harness around for a long time, you can adjust the harness to fit it to your cat.
Start with the neck – Take your cat, and put the harness’ neck part on your cat to check if it fits.
Open the harness again, reward your cat and release her. If necessary adjust the harness a bit.
The neck and chest parts are fitting perfect when you can easily put a finger between your cat’s body and the harness.

5) If the neck part fits, put it on and start adjusting the chest part. Again release the cat from the harness and reward her for the teamwork before you correct the adjustment of the chest part.

6) If the harness fits, put it on right before you are feeding your cat. This way the cat is distracted and gets a big reward right after she got “dressed up”. Take it off when your cat starts to be stressed and reward her anyways. Give your cat a break and try again after 20 minutes or so.
Add play time when when she wears her harness – try to distract her with games, treats, food etc to get her used to the harness.

7) when your cat accepted the harness, lure her to the front door, attach the harness and open the door. The new freedom most likely will make her forget that she wears the harness and is on a leash and she will sneak out. Make sure you keep your cat on a short leash at the beginning and stay close to your apartment. This is to be able to pick her up and bring her home in case she gets stressed.
Bring treats with you to reward her for each feet she walks on the leash at the beginning to get her used to it. Later on also bring treats to reward your cat frequently outside and a poop back (in case she needs potty when you are outside for a longer time) with you.

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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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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on July 4, 2012

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