DH Useless. Need Kitty Cat Advice Please!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Which enclosure?
    Option 1 - Purpose Built, Second Hand : (18 votes)
    56 %
    Option 2 - Large Chicken Coop : (8 votes)
    25 %
    Option 3 - Other (Explain) : (6 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I vote for the purpose built. If you’re able to find one second hand in the next month, then go for it. Keep him quiet by feeding him as long as you can and try to get the better option. If it gets too difficult, then just go for that second option. 

    Can you maybe ask your vet if there’s something you can give him at night to keep him calm? Like children’s benedryl or something? At least until you get the enclosure?

    I’m sorry to hear about your other kitty. 🙁 I didn’t know foxes prey on cats. *hug*

    Post # 4
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    264 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @Rachel631:  I’m so sorry about your missing cat 🙁 it’s so sad and scary about wildlife and cats. Here in the states, I’ve not heard about foxes bothering cats but we have problems with coyotes killing cats (as well as dogs) and it’s heartbreaking. Have you ever heard of a catio? It’s basically what it sounds like, a cat patio. Although the photos you posted of the other options look good too. Keep us posted. I have two cats but I keep them indoors always, more because of the car fear than wildlife (though we do have raccoons around me, but I think it’s rare they hurt cats, other than scaring them). Good luck! 

    Post # 5
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    311 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I like option #1, hopefully for you and kitty you can find a second hand one. #2 seems good for the immediate term, and you can always upgrade when a larger second hand is available. What breed of cat by the way?

    Have you tried engaging in play until he tires out? Some cats will sleep great after playing to the point where they are all tired out. Are there any other cats marking around? Maybe the crying is in part a response to other cats moving in on his territory, which can be stressful for cats.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 1987

    It seems to me that you can either keep your cat safe yet miserable or you can let him out and he can have a happy life (however long or short) and so can you and your neighbours.  Your cat will not know that you are incarcerating him for good motives.  He won’t know that you are going to release him from the  pen.  You don’t even know that your other cat was attacked by a fox.  I therefore suggest letting him go outside. 

    You can, of course, tip the odds in his favour by:

    1.  Installing a cat flap so that he can retreat indoors if he needs to do so. 

    2.  Planning an escape route so that he can get somewhere safe, such as a garage roof.

    3.  Installing a movement sensitive light positioned so that it will scare a fox but not keep you and your neighbours awake.

    4.  Getting your SO to pee in the garden at various points so that any fox will think that there must be a gigantic cat around and keep well clear of your property. 

     

    It’s also worth remembering that most cats can outrun a fox.

     

     

     

     

    Post # 9
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    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My only concern would be: What if the fox gets in the hen house?

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @DrD711:  omg. My FH is going to kill me… I SO WANT A CATIO now!

    Post # 12
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    7098 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Honestly…I would just let him outside. He sounds miserable.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn

    @Rachel631:  could you do a custom made run but make it youself? wooden struts are cheap enough from wickes or homebase and you can buy chicken wire on the roll – even the plasic coated wire fencing. might be a cheaper and quicker option than waiting for a 2nd hand one to come along?x

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn

    @Rachel631:  hmmmm, tricky one. would it need attaching? would the weight and size of it keep it securely in one place? well, good luck – keep us updated with what you do!x 

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