Cat Sitting for an Outdoor Cat

posted 3 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Should I let my cat continue going outdoors while I'm away for two weeks.
    Yes : (15 votes)
    47 %
    No : (16 votes)
    50 %
    Other suggestion! : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    416 posts
    Helper bee

    Have them keep him indoors and the keep him in there when you get back.

     

     

     

    Post # 4
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    367 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I don’t see any reason to keep him from going out if that’s his usual way. Knowing where he is may give you peace of mind, but I don’t see anything else it really accomplishes, other than disrupting his usual habbits. He may even get cranky about it and act out.  

    Post # 5
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    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    If I let my cat outside, it would terrify me that he might not come back one day and I’m too far away to do anything. I keep my cat indoors so luckily I’m safe there, but in your case I would be way too scared that something might happen while I’m away. 

    Post # 6
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    795 posts
    Busy bee

    Definitely keep him inside. There’s much less chance of anything happening to him while indoors, and if you are not there, what if he needed medical care? Just make sure to leave a couple extra litter boxes for him along with plenty of food and water. 

    Post # 7
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    385 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Have you ever kept him inside before?  Might want to do a dry run to see how he handles being kept inside.  Our friends did this and their cats peed and pooped all over their couch, and they had to throw it out.

    Post # 9
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    7664 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    It really, really depends on the cat. I am currently trying to keep one of mine indoors at night, and only let him out during the day (long story). It is a real uphill struggle. He is extremely distressed at having to go to the toilet in a litter tray, and has even sprayed inside the lounge once, something which he has never done before.

    On the other hand, one of my other cats (who is now missing) could always take or leave the great outdoors, and didn’t mind using trays. In fact, if she comes back then she will be kept as in indoor only cat from now on.

    I second PPs… you need to see how he reacts first, before making a decision.

    Post # 10
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    141 posts
    Blushing bee

    I would definitely see how he reacts to being kept inside before you leave. I would be more worried about forcing him inside then having him bolt as your neighbours are looking in on him, since then he would be less willing to come back if he thinks it will just happen again. My one cat was like this, we lived in a sub division when we first got him (he was a stray, but cats had to be indoors) and we had to throw treats downstairs to distract him as we were walking out the door or he would run outside. 

     

    Post # 12
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    258 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Keep things normal for him. If you’re happy to let him be outside most of the time when you are there, what difference does it make if you’re not?

    Post # 13
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    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @NewfieBullet:  I tried to make my outdoor cats indoor cats when I went on vacation, once.

    I had to replace THREE ROOMS OF CARPETING when I got back! They got vengeful. I would reccomend letting your cat come and go as usual!

    Post # 14
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    1768 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I grew up with outdoor cats and we always just left them outside. Like…they lived outside 99.9% of the time (only came in during extreme weather, and then they were just in the laundry room and would cry until we let them back outside). We just had a family friend stop by and refill their (outdoor) food and water containers. One time we were all out of town during really cold weather and my parents had the cats boarded at the vets because our cats didn’t use litter boxes. They hated it, ha!

     

    In your case, I wouldn’t mess with the cat’s rythm. Thing about it – it doesn’t matter if you are home or not, if there’s food/water/whatever, your cat will still keep coming back in. It’s not like s/he will be like “welp, owner’s gone – guess I better go find a new home!”.

    Post # 15
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    4698 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    If I were the catsitter I wouldn’t take resonsibility for the cat if you wanted it outdoors. However it’s your cat, so if you were willing to absolve me of all responsibility for its outdoor behavior I’d be happy to come by and add food and change the litter and such.

    To warn you, there is a serious stigma in the US against having an outdoor cat in some places and you might get some flack. I’m mildly against it myself, I would personally never have an outdoor cat, but I don’t see it as abuse at all, and short of abuse I don’t really feel entitled to tell other people how to keep their pets.

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