(Closed) For all the cat lover bees out there – couple of questions

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 61
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Helper bee

My parents have three cats and have had them since we were in high school. One is indoor/outdoor because as a PP has experienced, this cat is MISERABLE inside. It’s actually pretty hard to get her back indoors so my parents leave her food on the porch and she goes about her business. They’re able to get her inside usually every few days and after a nap she’s crying at the door to be let out again. She is much happier being able to be outside. The other two are exclusively indoors but they do get the itch occasionally to try and roam. My dad felt bad so he built a caged extension off the back sliding door. It’s huge, and he covered it with turf and out a few trees in it to give them a jungle feel haha. They love it, and during the warmer months spend almost all day sleeping there. Maybe you guys could compromise on something like that, or as PP have suggested, supervised outdoor time if there’s no chance they can run away. 

Post # 63
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

I’m a proponent of indoor/outdoor with contstraints. One of our cats LOVES being outside so he has a pretty big enclosure where he can soak in the sun and chase some bugs. Part of why I feel strongly about it is that Fiance and I foster kittens and out of the ones that have gone to homes where they are indoor/outdoor, 3 of the outdoors kittens (out of 4) have been hit by cars or have gone missing 🙁 

Edit: All of the kittens who became indoor/outdoor lived out in the country where there’s not much lighting and people drive fast so I’m sure that contributed. I think given a different environment, the outcome might not have gone that way. 

 

Post # 64
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Busy bee

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happyowlbee :  The leash question wasn’t directed at me, but I walk mine on a leash. I put the leash and harness on my cat and just let her wander around the house like that to get used to it. After my cat was accostumed to it and realized she could walk around with it on, I started trying to walk her in my house.

I grew up with dogs, so that’s originally how I tried to do it which was a mistake. She did not want to heel and would just go limp, lol. I have to let her take the lead (to an extent). She does best whenever she is on a smooth sidewalk (she doesn’t like walking on grass as much) and also when my SO is with me because she doesn’t like to let him get ahead of her. I have a backpack carrier that I always bring with me in case she gets tired or whiny, too.

She will trot alongside me, though, and likes to explore and wander around. Since she is a cat, she does get under foot sometimes, so you have to watch out and make sure you don’t step on them. It’s very cute, though, and people are endlessly amused at seeing someone walk their cat, lol.

Post # 65
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Blushing bee

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Tisa85 :  I have two cats, both are indoor kitties only. They’re absolutely comfortable and content with being indoor pets. They like to watch and observe the world on the window ledge, but that’s as far as they have ever wanted to venture.

I personally don’t find it disrespectful at all to get a new pet so soon, the new pet will never replace your previous baby. If anything, I think it’s a way of honoring your previous pet by saving the life of another and giving them a home.  

Post # 66
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Buzzing bee

If you really want to let your cat outside just put them on a leash. We did this for our one cat who was found outside. He just wasn’t happy with being an indoor cat and would owe everywhere until we let him out. We ran a clothesline across our backyard and attached one end of the leash the the clothesline and the other end to him. That way he couldn’t get out of our yard but he still got outside time. I wouldn’t recommend letting a cat outdoors. That is the only cat that we’ve ever let outdoors. Most cats are fine being inside. There are enormous amounts of diseases that they can get from being outdoors or eating mice and things, then they track those diseases inside. If you absolutely had to have an outdoor cat foe whatever reason make sure that they are up to date on vaccines. 

I don’t think it’s disrespectful to get another cat, but only you will know if you are ready for another one. 

Post # 67
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

It’s illegal for cats in Canada to roam outside without a leash or in an enclosure. My boy Ripley LOVES being outside. He goes out everyday for a few hours, always on his leash though. We will go for walks from time to time as well. He is perfectly happy. Our other boy Tico goes outside sometimes, but he prefers to be indoors and only likes to go outside when Ripley is out there.

Post # 68
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Busy bee

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catapple :  Thank you for the advice! After seeing the instagram account “adventure cats,” I reaaaaally want to take mine out. She’s a bit fearful, though, and after sniffing around for a few seconds she bolts back inside. And it’s impossible to direct her, she just goes for whatever’s dirtiest. I like your advice to let her wear the harness in the house to get used to it! Bringing a carrier is also a good idea, then if she gets fearful she can go in there instead of bolting home.

Post # 69
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Helper bee

 

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RayKay :  Holy crap this is the best thing ever!!! I’m def going to put this on my appletv and let my cat go cray cray over this! I LOVE THIS! THANK YOU!

Post # 70
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I have two kitties, Apollo and Artemis, and they are very happy & healthy living inside. They both started life outside and dealt with fleas and some other issues, but they never cry to go outside now or seem to feel like they’re missing out. I know it depends on the cat, though. 🙂

Post # 71
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I’m another vote for indoor cat, or supervised outdoor time. My family had six cats while I was home/growing up. Of those, one got hit by a car, one got killed by a dog (we found half of our dead cat in our back yard, it was so terrible), and two disappeared. I grew up in a semi-rural area where outdoor cats are allowed and common, but I don’t think I could take the risk again.

I now live in a city where it makes no sense to let the cat out, it’s just too heavily trafficked. I think he would love supervised outdoor time if we lived in a quieter area, but he seems happy inside. We have a hammock in one window for him, and a big cat tree in another, and we make sure to play with him a lot.

Post # 72
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I have 4 cats and they are all only indoors. It keeps them safe and they are happy. The one that enjoys going for a walk we take him out on a leash. I had cats prior to the group I have now, they all lived until 20 years old only being indoor cats. 

It must be a difference in countries the outdoor only. Many rescues that I volunteer with here in the US won’t adopt out to indoor/outdoor or only outdoor homes. 

Post # 73
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Bumble bee

Firstly I’m sorry for your loss. I can relate to how difficult it is losing a pet, they are a member of the family. And don’t feel guilty for wanting to move on – you aren’t replacing your pet by getting a new one, just moving on and filling the gap. Once you have pets in a household it can feel empty without any so it is a natural process to get a new pet.

I’m a fellow UK bee and I have 2 house cats. I know exactly what you mean about it being the norm here to let your cats wander the streets. I personally think it is an irresponsible decision for various reasons. I live in the country and is even more dangerous than the town (I had a cat that got shot by a local farmer once!!) I have received the comments about it being selfish locking them away in the house but we made the decision. We take them for walks outside on harnesses and ensure they have regular exercise. I think when having an indoor pet it can be important to have more than one so they have some company. The idea of a Mum and baby is lovely. 

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