Post # 1
This is probably the dumbest question in the world, however, how do you keep your cat from running outside when you open the door? Growing up, all of our cats were allowed outside (we lived on acreage) so this wasnt a big deal, however now I live in an apartment in the city. I have decided that I definitely need a pet, however with the hours that me and Fiance work, it is not fair for us to get a dog. So, we decided on a cat (or possibly 2 siblings), however I have this irrational fear that as soon as I open the door, the cat(s) could possible run out and we could lose him/her. How do you guys prevent this? has this ever happened to you or am I just being ridiculous?
Post # 2
My other half had his cat get out a couple of years ago, during the winter no less. He seems to want to get out sometimes but for the most part he just wanders slowly around the door if it’s open. We’ve now got 2 other cats with him and neither of them care to leave. They don’t even go near the door besides a sniff when it’s open. Most cats aren’t going to race outdoors, unlike dogs, so it’s very easy to keep them inside. If we need our outside door open for some time then we put them in a bedroom with the door closed. It’s not really a problem for our three, I wouldn’t worry much.
Post # 3
We shoo them away from the door if they look like they are thinking about coming outside. One of our cats has gotten out twice because of a screen door not being latched properly. Once he immediately turned around and started crying to be let back in, the other time he sat outside and chewed grass until being fetched back indoors.
I would suggest microchipping your pets though just in case they do get lost somehow.
Post # 4
I can only speak from personal experience of course, but my three cats are always curious but very cautious about the front door. They never have bolted out without warning.
We take precautions by never leaving the door open or standing there in the open doorway.
Our oldest cat was too curious when we first got him, and he did go out the front door a couple of times, but always got distracted by the bush by the door and didn’t make it far. Home is safe and the outdoors is totally unknown, so they generally won’t bolt out and keep going.
Post # 5
I have two that try to dash out. It’s a battle. I just make the “uh-uh” sound loudly and lead with a bag or leg to shoosh them away. I hate punishment but have considered a water pistol only because I am scared of them havinb a door slam on them or dashing out into danger. Ah cats, at least they keep us busy!
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor
My cats are not outdoor dashers. It’s funny, they will meow all the time at the closed closet doors, and dash in there as if their lives depended on it, but the front door seems not to exist to them. They almost without fail will run away if they are to close for comfort when we open the front door. We have a sliding glass door out to the deck also, and they are more curious about that one since they normally sit there and look out the window, but even if it is left open, usually when I am right outside, they wil only cautiously sniff and then be easily shooed away. Our neighbor’s cat has taken to lounging on our deck, so I’m not quite sure what would happen if the door was open while s/he was out there, but neighbor cat is even more of a scaredy than mine and will jump up and flee if DH or I so much as walk towards the door.
We’ve had our two going on two years and I honestly don’t worry about them getting out too much anymore, they just aren’t that interested. However, I also had experiences growing up of cats that simply wouldn’t tolerate staying indoors- one literally spent the rest of life, some 15 years, sitting on a neighbor’s car 3 doors down from us. I’m pretty sure my parents checked in with the neighbor at some point before totally giving up, but they had already been feeding her and were happy to watch her.
I don’t have any specific advice on how to keep them from running out, other than maybe adopting a previously indoor only cat or starting with a young kitten. One of ours was 4 months when we got her, the other was 2 months, and I’m sure the young one learned from the older one, who had a natural disinterest in the outside.
Post # 7
First off, congratulations on wanting to adopt! Getting siblings sounds like the right move. Given your work hours, one cat left alone could get pretty lonely and maybe tear up the house. Two siblings will keep each other happy and entertained while you’re gone – no problem.
Here’s the thing – cats DO try to get outside sometimes. But they’ll learn. You just have to be a bit careful when opening the door, and if the door will be open for a few minutes (for a big delivery or something), shut the cats in safe room.
If you adopt a grown cat who is used to being indoors, you won’t really have to do anything else. If you adopt a kitten, you’ll have to practice shooing him or her gently away from the door. But in the grand picture of cat ownership, it’s not such a big deal. My cat stays inside and I barely even think about it, outside of when I’m opening the door
Post # 8
Only my studs and queens have done this. My cars that are spayed and neutered never do.
Post # 9
My cat is a rescue cat, the rescue place we got him from said they wanted him to be an indoor cat as he had a lot of health problems (I was planning on doing that anyway) even if a door is open he just has a nosey outside but very rarely walks out. He’s 100% healthy now btw.
Keep him well entertained and have lots of toys he can amuse himself with so he doesn’t get bored and have an urge to escape. This is key to having an indoor cat – their brains need to be stimulated.
It’s easier than you think 🙂
Curious as to why it wouldn’t be fair to get a dog but you’re considering a cat?
Post # 10
My cat is an indoor kitty and he always seems a bit interested in going outside, but since he’s never been he’s cautious of it and approached doors very slowly. This gives me time to shoo him away! I think if you just don’t itntroduce them to the door areas, shoo them away when you can, they’ll be uncertain of them and won’t try to make a run for it! 😀
Post # 11
I like to keep my cat indoors. We live on a lot of acreage, but there are foxes, coyotes and bears in our woods that would enjoy a tasty cat-snack. He does run into the garage at times but he comes back. I call him, it’s a little game he plays to get treats. (I trained my cat to come when I call him, and then I give him a cat cookie). You just have to watch them.
Post # 12
I’m very, VERY careful. Even so, I had to chase one of my girls around my condo complex (in my bathrobe no less) when she ran between my feet as I took the trash out. It terrified me but she never got out of my sight and she was a much held and cuddled kitty when I got her home.
Post # 13
We have a baby gate to keep the cat from getting close to the door. She is too fat and lazy to jump over it. I don’t think she knows she even could. She actually goes outside on our balcony off the master bedroom to get some sun. We have coyotes though so I won’t let her wonder out freely. This has worked well for us.
Post # 14
It’s a mad dance to get my cats to stay inside, especially when it’s nice out. My trick.. keep eye contact on them and go out backwards. I usually place my purse by the bottom of the door to block them. The neighbors probably think I’m nuts, but whatever works!
Post # 15
We have a cat whose sole goal in life seems to be bolting out our front door. Luckily we live in an apartment, so he can only get into the hallway–but there are a lot of large dogs in our building so even that could be dangerous. We do what Beegritte:
does. We open the door slowly and lead with a bag. My kitty will be right at the door trying to wiggle out, so I have my bag ready to block him and push him back in.