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Q: Making an indoor cat an indoor-outdoor cat

November 5, 2008 | By Norman C. | 10 answers | Expired: 2171 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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Kelly
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Nov 19, 2008

I only let my cats out in a protected cat-safe backyard. Even then I go out with them because even though we live in the city, there are hawks & owls that have been known to snatch cats out of yards & take them off. There are too many dangers out there for a tame cat. Many people will take advantage of a cat tame enough for them to walk up on, plus even though your cat may not wander into a dog's territory, dogs may wander into his. Stray animals are migratory & travel looking for easier sources of food & shelter which oftentimes bring them right through our neighborhoods. This year alone, two of my neighbors have had cats run over by cars & another, who let her little dog out the front door for a break, had him killed by some random dog passing through. Yet another saw someone in a car try to snatch her kitty after calling him to them. The only thing that saved him was a detachable collar that they tried to grab. I actually have one of my cats because I heard a commotion outside late one night & walked out to find some guy with a squirming bag walking down the middle of the street. I confronted him & he "let the cat out of the bag". It was one of my TNRs & how he had managed to catch him I can't imagine but after that he was so scared he became an indoor kitty. Fortunately for us, this is one of the nicer neighborhoods, so according to police we're lucky it only happens a few times a year.

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Pitbullluvr17
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Nov 07, 2008

you could tie him up outside on a leash, thats what i do with my cat. he loves it! of course we keep a close watch on him to make sure he's not tangled, but he just meows at the door when he wants to come in, it works really well.

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patty
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Nov 06, 2008

I like most think they should stay indoors. If you want him to be an indoor/outdoor kinda a guy then I would look into the cat enclosures. No matter where you live their are too many dangers for both cats and dogs.

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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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Kavykeeper
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Nov 06, 2008

I would give him lots of things to occupy himself indoors. Toys, scratching posts and offer special treats at night when he wants to go outdoors. There are too many bad things that can happen to him outdoors, so why risk it? Just the chance that a predator could kill him outdoors would be enough for me to keep him in.

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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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Sarah S.
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Nov 05, 2008

You should build an outdoor cat enclosure, or put up a fence like 'Purr-fect Cat Fence'. It is not worth letting him outside when there are so many dangers.

If you insist on letting him outside, then it is best to do it slowly as suggested by the person that gave you the first answer.

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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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Elizabeth  M.
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Nov 05, 2008

This is tough because so many people think cats should never go outside because of the danger. However I have 4 cats and 2 of them go outside. There was just no way to keep them in. I have found that they pretty much stay around the house and are always here at dinner time. I give them really good food as an incentive to stay close but I don't know how to avoid the dangers. I think you just have to let them figure it out themselves and pray all goes well. good lucko

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Reagan R.
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Nov 05, 2008

Go outside with him during the day. The first time he goes out, he'll be afraid and probably won't stray far from the door. If you have a leash, it would not be a bad idea to take him out with it if you are afraid he'll run for the hills! Take him out and let him spend a little time, then bring him back inside. Just let him adjust slowly, with little supervised trips outside. Good luck.

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