Post # 1
We went on Saturday and adopted a rescued cat. She is 11 months and pure black. We got her for my son who is 2, and he LOVES her!!!! It is so cute. Yesterday he threw her mouse toy and she ran after it and he squatted down and put his hands out and told her to throw it back to him! She is awesome with him too. Lets him carry her upside down and put her in his basket!
My question is though, how long until we should let her go outside? She really wants to, but I know she would probably just run off right now and not come back! So how long should we wait? A week? More?
Post # 3
Ohhh, that’s so awesome! Sounds like you have a great cat!
I personally don’t think you should let cats outside at all because it’s really dangerous. So I have no advice on that.
Post # 4
Check this site out. http://www.catster.com
They have a dogster.com as well and I go there often to ask questions.
Post # 5
I agree with hotchildinthecity, letting cats outside is super-dangerous. My family always let their cats outside and it was common for them to come back with deep, pus-filled scratches, ripped off ears, broken bones, illnesses, etc., and they all died from things that happened outside, ie, froze to death, were mauled by raccoons. Many just disappeared and were never seen again, probably killed by a wild animal/hit by a car/captured by some sicko and killed/etc. The outside is just not a safe place for a cat and studies show that outdoor cats live for a much shorter time than indoor cats. Your cat will get over her desire to go outside eventually if you provide her plenty of excitement indoors and maybe a window seat where she can sit and look outside. After one of our cats–seriously, the sweetest cat ever–didn’t come home before a rainstorm one day (crazy because he’d always come when called no matter how far away he was), we spent weeks searching for him, posting signs, and taking calls from people who thought they might have our cat…only to be heartbroken when after getting our hopes up we found it wasn’t him. It’s not worth it. None of our cats have gone outside since, and they have all lived very happily, healthily, and peacefully.
Congrats on your new baby! I love black cats. We had two before the last one died two years ago (kidney failure, age 16), now we just have one little brat (plus our other two non-black cats).
Post # 6
Hi!! Im a cat lover!! I have a 5 month kitty!! I never let him go outside. At first the kitty will want to go out but they get use to it. Its call a “inside cat”. They get mites and dangerous diseases from other cats. My last cat died of cat’s Aids!! Random I know, but true!!
If you anyways decide to let him outside, you should play with him outside at least for a month so he gets use to the outside of your house. (You don’t want him to go missing.)
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I don’t let my cat outside either. They can be completely happy inside with a window perch.
My parents have two cats who used to be allowed outside. Then one came home, collapsed on the front porch, with a very large bite to his neck. He had neurological damage and nearly died. This was in a suburban neighborhood.
I strongly advise against it. It’s too heartbreaking to see your pet mauled like that when it’s completely preventable. Your cat will be happy inside, promise!
Post # 8
ahh rosie! i’m excited for you and can’t wait to see pics… i’m unfortunately allergic to cats… but kittens are absolutely adorable… i think you should do some research on the sites above and also ask your vet on what a good time is for cats to be outside…!
enjoy your new furball!
Post # 9
Your kitty is so cute marywil1!!!!! I am worried about letting her outside at all too because we live out of town and by the woods, so coyotes and such around us. Plus, our neighbors have 2 dogs and no fence, and the one is younger and runs all over, so I dont want him to get our kitty! She tries to run out the door when we open it though, and she cries in the window. It makes me sad! So if she wants to go out, I will let her out, but supervise (!) and then bring her right back in! I just don’t want her to make a run for it!!!
Post # 10
@RosieGirl: You’ve only had her a couple of days. She will DEFINITELY get over wanting to go outside. My cats both lived outside before we adopted them, and they are happy as clams being indoor cats. Just give them toys and windows to look out of and they will have a safe and happy life.
Post # 11
I hope she gets over it soon! I don’t want her to go outside, but I hate thinking she is sad!!!! I’m hoping that after this first week home she will be used to being inside and want to stay there. She LOVES sitting in the windows and is always in my son’s window looking out! But I had to lock her in the laundry room today () because I was worried that the fan guy (fixing the fan in our bathroom!) would leave the door open too long and she would run for it!
Post # 12
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
Aww congrats! I love kittens!!!
Post # 13
Congrats on the new kitty! She sounds like a great cat!!
As far as letting her outside, just think of kitty like a child. Yes, she’s crying and whining and wants to go out, but it IS dangerous to her. If your son desperately wanted to play with a pair of sharp scissors and was upset and sad that you won’t let him, there’s no way in heck you’d give it to him just to make him happy, right? Granted it’s easier to reason with your son or offer him something else instead, but it’s the same concept. Just because kitty wants, doesn’t mean kitty should get lol
Post # 14
I never thought of it that way joeswifey! Good thinking! She should feel special that she does get to stay in all the time in warm house and her choice of beds to sprawl across!
Post # 15
Yea!!! I love cats! We found a stray cat outide our apartment (she is about a year old) We took her to the shelter since our apartment doesn’t allow animals 🙁 After about a week of sulking my FI said we could keep her and mom agreed to watch her till we move! I miss her like crazy.
Anyways I know we are going to have a battle about letting our cat (Cocoa) be an outdoor cat. His family has always let their cats go outside, even in the city, but I’m terrified to let her outside especially since we are living in the city and she was a stray. She has been very content staying inside at my parents house INSIDE. I’m sure they the kitten will be fine. Just make sure there are many ways to keep her occupied.
Congrats on your new addition to the family 🙂 They are a real joy 🙂
Post # 16
Cats that go outdoors have an average life span of 3 years! Yes, some get lucky, but its still super dangerous! My cat always wants to sneak out the front door but every time he slipped out unnoticed, he came back 20 minutes later SCARED TO DEATH. Get your new kitty a nice window perch (they have these cool ones that hang off of the window sill) and she’ll be much better off!