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Q: Making an indoor cat an indoor-outdoor cat

November 5, 2008 | By Norman C. | 10 answers | Expired: 1973 days ago

Making an indoor cat an indoor-outdoor cat

I have three cats. One was a stray, so he goes in and out no problem. I also have two ex-kittens, who are about 9 months old now. Recently, the male has become very rambunctious and destructive, and is always trying to get out the door, under the door, over the door, etc. I have to do something soon, because at night time he stalks the windows, pulls on everything he can get his hands on, and meows in frustration. What is the best way to accustom him to going outside without getting lost, wandering into a dog's territory, etc?
He is neutered and is not declawed.

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Sheltervt
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Nov 06, 2008

the best advice I can give is simply to work on/research training, and keep ALL your cats indoors, assuring their health and long life as well as protecting native wildlife and ecosystems. Cats belong indoors!

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PJ W.
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Nov 06, 2008

There is just too much going on outside for my tastes - at least where I live. They deliberately let dogs out to prey on cats here. At lunch there was a huge dog outside. I really only want them out there if they are supervised. I know it's a cat's nature to prowl but dogs got 2 of my babies and that's enough for me.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Nov 05, 2008

I had the same problem. I finally bought a cat underground fence. It took me about 4 weeks to train him to stay in the yard and to respect the "beep" before the shock. I kept the fence to the backyard to keep my cat safe from stray dogs. The fence is made by petsafe. DONT use a dog fence on him. The shock is to high. The cat one is made for cats. If you have the time to train your cat on the fence, it could help you. I now have a better relationship with my cat and my cat is happier. He goes out when he wants and I know he will be safe. Best of luck!

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