(Closed) I've inherited a Cat!!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I just wanted to say that is awesome that you are willing to keep the cat! I only have indoor cats so I really won’t be much help but I don’t see why you can’t transition the cat into being stickly indoors.  My Fiance took in a stray (before we got together) and he’s a stictly indoor cat now.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

you should transition him to indoors!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Awesome! Cat! (I am getting cat hugs *right this very minute* actually.)

Yes, they still need a litterbox inside.

The drops are better for fleas than collars, I think.

They make reflective collars with a quick release, in case they stuck. I would put one of those with a tag with your phone # and address on the cat. (Ours are indoor cats, but I still do this when someone watches them for us, in case they get out.)

It’s possible to transition to an indoor cat, but it might be difficult, with the cat trying to get out. It’s easier when they’re getting elderly.

Most of the time, if the weather is bad, they don’t want to go out anyway. 🙂 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would say if you’re keeping him indoor/outdoor then YES get him a collar with a tag, otherwise someone may think he’s a stray and take him home. Yes, still have a litter box for indoors. I personally would keep mine inside during bad weather. We had indoor/outdoor cats growing up and we just did the Frontline flea stuff and they never had fleas. 

I think it’s possible to transition him to indoor only but it might be tough at first because he’s so used to being allowed outside.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We have Had three indoor/outdoor cats, here’s the answers.

1- obviously a good flea control is a vital. We use advantage 2 and also better her once a week in blue Dawn

2- get a special breakaway collar, but also make sure she is microchipped.

3- we let Chloe out whenever she asks. Your kitty will decide how often she wants to be out.

4- chloe had to be changed to an indoor only cat because the local kitties were beating her up daily. we also found one of the local cats dead on the street after getting hit by a car, so that was enough. he’s still perfectly happy, but she has gained a bit of weight. We have made sure to Have her play at a certain time every day so that she gets her exercise. If you want to make her an indoor cat, I suggest doing the same.

5- the truth is that you can  contain them only so much. Make sure claws stay sharp (buy a scratching post) and try to make a schedule so that if he isn’t in by a certain time , you go look for him.

 

6- absolutely yes on the litter box! Chloe actually would come inside to go to the bathroom, she refused to go outside. It’s a comfort thing, knowing they have somewhere to go.

7- if it was badly raining or storming, we kept chloe inside. if  she really insisted on going out,  we would put her in the garage so she could be outof the house, but still safe.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The cat I have now is my first indoor only cat. That being said, it can be hard for some cats to NOT go outside. Our i/o cats never had a litter box. They were mostly outdoor cats that came in when they wanted to. Their food was inside, but they hunted sometimes and didnt always eat the cat food. The drops are better for fleas, collars are important, but so is microchipping. Cats are independent, so they like to come and go when they want. Also, smart cats (aka most cats) wontt go out in bad weather 😉 Good luck!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Hooray kitty! 

We also “inherited” a cat when my FI’s mom moved into an apartment…he also is an indoor/outdoor cat. Keep in mind that every cat is different, but here’s what we do with Monroe:

1.  What do I do to control fleas?
Drops are better than collars, like PP said.

2.  Is it better to put a collar on him or should I leave him as is so that he doesn’t get caught on anything. 
Monroe wears a breakaway collar with a tag on it. We did have to do some work to get him used to wearing a collar because at first he would always try to pull it off…now he’s learned that the collar means he gets to go outside, so he wears it with no complaints.

3.  How often should they stay outside?
 We leave him out for as long as he likes during the day, but never overnight. If we’re going to be gone for extended periods of time, we leave him inside. 

4.  Is it possible to transition a cat who is used to being outside into an indoor cat only?
 We haven’t been able to with Monroe; he gets really restless and hyper if he hasn’t been outside. We will probably try harder to transition him once we’ve moved to our new house.

5.  How do I keep him safe if he’s outside?
Monroe is really smart and doesn’t cross streets. Mostly he just hangs out in our yard or our neighbors’ driveways. We don’t really have a lot of other animals that live near us so that probably helps too.

6.  Does he need a litter box inside too?
 
Absolutely yes.

7.  What about bad weather?  Should I keep him inside then? 
Yes probably, but he probably won’t want to be outside anyway if the weather is crappy. 

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@greenviolets:  just saw your reply–im actually not sure. all my cats have only been indoors so i cant be much help there. my mom moved cross country & her cats used to be outdoor/indoor & she just….didnt let them go outside. its a big house & didnt seem to bother them.

ETA: GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

That’s really sweet of you to keep this cat. We need to see a picture!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

1.  What do I do to control fleas?- any type of flea control(not collars tho, they dont work that well)

2.  Is it better to put a collar on him or should I leave him as is so that he doesn’t get caught on anything. they sell ones that give if they cget caught, thats always an option

3.  How often should they stay outside? whenever kitty wants

4.  Is it possible to transition a cat who is used to being outside into an indoor cat only? not that easy, if they are already an ourtdoor cat i would let it be

5.  How do I keep him safe if he’s outside? honestly you cant, the cat knows its limits and when danger is around, it will comehome if threatened

6.  Does he need a litter box inside too? YESSS!!!

7.  What about bad weather?  Should I keep him inside then?  most likely he wont want to go outside then, that when the litter box comes in handy!

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