Q: Keep him from running outside?

July 28, 2009 | By Kayla L. | 6 answers | Expired: 2374 days ago

Kayla L.

My cat, Tommy is shameless. The water bottle does not work. Loud, sudden noises do not work. A foot in the way and tossing in away from the door does no deterrence. This guy is making me nuts but I love him. I don't know many other ideas that would successfully keep Tommy from running out the door, down the sidewalk, and Oh yes he decided to climb five feet up the building stucco today. He received a nail clipping tonight. His sister only goes out onto the patio to get a fine layer of filth on her and knows not to go down the stairs from our second floor apartment.

Readers' Answers (6)

Jul 28, 2009

for my most stubborn cat, it took extra effort to keep him from door darting, but here is what worked for me:

An air horn.

Yup, the little canister of compressed air with the bright red horn on top. I had a friend crouch outside the door while I opened it. Cat tried to dart out, the air horn blew a hiss of air and a LOT of noise at him. We did it four times a day, three days in a row. Nine years later, he hasn't come within five feet of the outside
doors. All of my cats are indoor only, 24/7. All happy, all healthy, and all safe.

oh, and on the off chance that he isn't neutered, get rid of those gonads! That alone can make a world of difference.

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Jul 28, 2009

at the base of your door, lay down something thats uninviting to cat paws. tin foil works on most cats, but he sounds a lot like one of my boyfriends cats so i'm guessing foil will end up being more interesting than anything. something along the lines of plastic astro-turf should work. i've heard of people laying down carpet runners that have a prickly side on them, but i've never seen such a thing. if you can find something to keep him away from the door, it's not permanent. whatever you lay down will only be there until he quits trying.
using a cat harness is a good idea, it will allow him the excitement of going outside but refuse him the responsibility of staying close. just make sure the leash doesn't have enough slack to let him get on a railing, one slip could be disastrous. remember that cats, at the start, hate being leashed. the harness is awkward for them and they will fight it. this is why you must condition them to the feel of it first. put down treats or catnip while you're putting it on the first few times and expect him to flip out. i'm talking running, leaping, and even a back flip. whatever it takes to calm him down or get his attention off of it, do that. once he's had it on a few times, he will adjust. and once he gets use to it and understands it lets him go outdoors, he'll be comfortable. don't try to take him for walks though, very few cats will tolerate that and even less will enjoy it.

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Bobbie p.

Jul 29, 2009

I had the same problem with my cat, Buddy. I purchased an Ex-pen from PetSmart. It is 48" tall. I set it up as a square pen in front of the door but do not clip it. I walk into the center of the pen, close it behind me, open the other end and step out the door. This creates an area where the cat cannot sneak past.
I also put a cat safety collar with a bell on his neck. This makes me aware of where he is at al times so he cannot sneak past and out the door.
Hope this helps. Please update and let us know what works for you. We care.

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