- 4 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013 - UK
OK, so… anyone who has read my latest posts will know that I am missing a cat, and I think she was attacked by a fox (have found fox markings around the garden since she went missing, and also had problems with foxes before).
Since then, I have started keeping my oldest boy cat in at night. This has resulted in howling, ankle grabbing, spraying, and other hysterics.
For this reason, I think I need an outdoor cat enclosure. Not to put him into all night… just to put him into from about 5 or 6am onwards, if he howls. He usually sleeps for the first part of the veening. Then, I usually just let him cry until about 11pm. After that, I can usually keep him reasonably quiet from about 11pm to 2am onwards by turning up the heat. Just found out a few days ago that if I starve him during the afternoon and evening, and feed him a very rich meal (liver, heart) at around 2am, I can usually get some peace until about 5am. However, after about 5 or 6am then I am struggling. Locking him in a room at the back of the house, which does not overlook his territory, helps… but it is not foolproof.
I am also worried about complaints from the neighbors, at this point. I know that they can hear him. He basically needs to spend a few hours in a safe, relatively warm place where we can’t hear him crying, for a few hours (provided it isn’t snowing or similar). I would let him out as soon as it is light (8am ish) and then he would have full indoor/outdoor access until dusk, as normal. As soon as he has full access then he is a happy, friendly cat again. *Sigh*. I feel bad keeping him in, but it is for his own safety. I have been frightened for my own safety too many times now, due to worrying fox encounters, let alone his.
Anyway, these are the options:
Option 1: something like this… a purpose built outdoor cat run. The only problem is that I can’t afford a new one, so it’s a waiting game trying to find a suitable second hand one. Could take months.
Option 2: Similar size, but much cheaper. I could get this right away. It does look warmer, but I’m worried that there is a much smaller play space. They do need a big play space. I’m looking at enclosures about 8ft tall, by 6ft long, by 4ft wide…. but a lot of this one is taken up by that nesting box.
I should also say that I want one of these for Summer as well, so that my pedigree kitten can have some fun outside and watch us in the garden without the risk of being stolen. The purpose built enclosure is better for that as it would allow him to relax in the sun.
DH is useless on this. What do you guys think?