(Closed) Moving. Cat will go from outside to indoor-only…

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Cats are usually very clean animals, and if you show him where the litterbox is, he will probably choose to use it.  If he does have an accident, you can put it in the litterbox so he understands that’s where he needs to go now.

Very few cats actually need to go outside.  Many enjoy it, but if their needs are being met inside, there is little desire for them to leave the house.  Providing him with toys and stimulation inside (perches, cat tower, and toys/teasers to give him “prey” to stalk and “kill”) will help him adjust to his indoor life.  Jackson Galazy recommends playing with your cat before feeding times, so they get the satisfaction associated with eating what they’ve caught and killed.  Both of our cats love Da Bird cat teaser.  The older one doesn’t go quite as nuts for it as the younger one, who will chase it until she’s panting, rest, then chase it some more.

Post # 3
105 posts
Blushing bee

I’m quite sure your cat will be fine. My parent’s cat is living and doing her toilet basically outdoors, but when it’s cold she may stay indoors and then uses litter box. Cats need to stay clean and wouldn’t pee in inappropriate places if litter box is available (good idea to bring one from your parent’s  house!) He can do it out of anxiety, though (one of my cats peed in laundry basket when several people were visiting our apartment), so better keep him and litter box in safe space when furniture guys arrive (i.e., in closed room when he has some corner to hide in and can access his litter box easily). Neutered cat shouldn’t pee anywhere to mark his territory. If you will stay with him and pet him, and feed some tasty snacks, it should be all OK!

Post # 4
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My cat was never an outdoor cat and the one time she did get locked outside overnight she was in a total frenzy and hid under a bush the entire night… bless her heart…. But when I moved from my apartment to a house, My vet told me to use the kennel to get her familiar.  Meaning, when I first took her to the house to place her in an area of the house and leave her in her kennel for an hour and then open the door and let her wander out and explore on her own. 

Also if you you are going to try and convert your can to an indoor cat, you better have plenty of things for him or her to play with otherwise they will be bored very easy.  You may also want to consider changing the diet.


I think the litter box training will be the easy part  Show him where to go and place him int he litter box, he will figure out it out very quickly. They are such smart animals.

Post # 6
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

oh and expect that there might be some accidents or even somethings done on purpose… I remember the first time I traveled for two week for work and my sister cared for her in my absence.  She kept her litter box clean everyday and fed her and played with her, but my cat still tinkled a little right outside of her litter box.. I think that was her way of letting my sister know that she was upset.

Post # 8
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Charleston, SC

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amberback:  I agree with PPs…he’ll be fine! I “adopted” my cat from a friend as well, and she was an indoor cat, then outdoor for a while, and now strictly indoor again. She’s fine with it. I open the shades and crack the window a bit so she can see and smell outside if she wants to, and sometimes she’ll sit on the sill for a while and look at things, but most of the time she’s fine laying around on the floor or playing around (or, currently, chewing my pumpkins!). Like PPs said, show him the litter box and he’ll figure it out. I put my cat inside her litter box if I move it so she knows.

Post # 9
10357 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

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amberback:  A cat tree near a window for him to look out is a must! They’re really reasonably priced on amazon.com – make sure to get one. That way he’ll have a space where he can climb and also be able to look outside. I wish I had known what a difference a cat tree makes sooner, because I used to have an outdoor/indoor cat that I tried transitioning to indoor only and she absolutely hated her life. She got super bored and would claw my blinds to get outside and cry non-stop. Unfortunately, she ended up slipping out the door one day when I was letting my dogs out, and I never saw her again 🙁 🙁 Someone in my apartment building told me that they thought somebody else in the building snatched her up, but no matter how many signs/posters I put up looking for her I never heard anything back. She was microchipped too… 

Just make sure to have lots of toys to keep him occupied. Our new kitty loves to chase those feather toy things and loves the light up balls on tracks. 

Post # 12
401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I will just warn you based on my experiences… I know that your instinct is to keep him in one room when you leave so he doesn’t run around unattended at first, but every time I’ve tried to do this it led to WAY more destructive behavior. They want to explore the new suroundings and they get anxious. One cat of mine ripped up a whole square of carpet under the door and another literally scratched a several inch deep hole in the doorframe, both after only about an hour. Now when I move I don’t even bother, they just get full run of the house from the start. I haven’t had a problem since.

Post # 13
2087 posts
Buzzing bee

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amberback:  You should definitely get a cat tree regardless. He’ll need his own space he can retreat to, and most cats prefer being high up to do that. Plus it’ll save your furniture because it will give him a place to scratch

Post # 14
7643 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

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amberback:  Everything should work out great. We introduced our outdoor to indoor cats to the litterbox by showing them where it was (obviously) and then filling it with dirty and slowly we introduced cat litter into the box. They caught on super quick.

I’d make sure to have a cat tree and some toys, just something fun for the cat.

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