(Closed) We adopted a kitty!

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ohhh, that’s so awesome!  Sounds like you have a great cat!

I personally don’t think you should let cats outside at all because it’s really dangerous.  So I have no advice on that.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Check this site out.  http://www.catster.com

They have a dogster.com as well and I go there often to ask questions.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I agree with hotchildinthecity, letting cats outside is super-dangerous.  My family always let their cats outside and it was common for them to come back with deep, pus-filled scratches, ripped off ears, broken bones, illnesses, etc., and they all died from things that happened outside, ie, froze to death, were mauled by raccoons.  Many just disappeared and were never seen again, probably killed by a wild animal/hit by a car/captured by some sicko and killed/etc.  The outside is just not a safe place for a cat and studies show that outdoor cats live for a much shorter time than indoor cats.  Your cat will get over her desire to go outside eventually if you provide her plenty of excitement indoors and maybe a window seat where she can sit and look outside.  After one of our cats–seriously, the sweetest cat ever–didn’t come home before a rainstorm one day (crazy because he’d always come when called no matter how far away he was), we spent weeks searching for him, posting signs, and taking calls from people who thought they might have our cat…only to be heartbroken when after getting our hopes up we found it wasn’t him.  It’s not worth it.  None of our cats have gone outside since, and they have all lived very happily, healthily, and peacefully.

 

Congrats on your new baby! I love black cats.  We had two before the last one died two years ago (kidney failure, age 16), now we just have one little brat (plus our other two non-black cats).

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Hi!! Im a cat lover!! I have a 5 month kitty!! I never let him go outside. At first the kitty will want to go out but they get use to it. Its call a “inside cat”. They get mites and dangerous diseases from other cats. My last cat died of cat’s Aids!! Random I know, but true!! 

If you anyways decide to let him outside, you should play with him outside at least for a month so he gets use to the outside of your house. (You don’t want him to go missing.)

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Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I don’t let my cat outside either. They can be completely happy inside with a window perch.

My parents have two cats who used to be allowed outside. Then one came home, collapsed on the front porch, with a very large bite to his neck. He had neurological damage and nearly died. This was in a suburban neighborhood.

I strongly advise against it. It’s too heartbreaking to see your pet mauled like that when it’s completely preventable. Your cat will be happy inside, promise!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

ahh rosie! i’m excited for you and can’t wait to see pics… i’m unfortunately allergic to cats… but kittens are absolutely adorable… i think you should do some research on the sites above and also ask your vet on what a good time is for cats to be outside…!

enjoy your new furball!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@RosieGirl: You’ve only had her a couple of days.  She will DEFINITELY get over wanting to go outside.  My cats both lived outside before we adopted them, and they are happy as clams being indoor cats.  Just give them toys and windows to look out of and they will have a safe and happy life.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Aww congrats! I love kittens!!!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

Congrats on the new kitty! She sounds like a great cat!!

 

As far as letting her outside, just think of kitty like a child. Yes, she’s crying and whining and wants to go out, but it IS dangerous to her. If your son desperately wanted to play with a pair of sharp scissors and was upset and sad that you won’t let him, there’s no way in heck you’d give it to him just to make him happy, right? Granted it’s easier to reason with your son or offer him something else instead, but it’s the same concept. Just because kitty wants, doesn’t mean kitty should get lol

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Yea!!! I love cats! We found a stray cat outide our apartment (she is about a year old) We took her to the shelter since our apartment doesn’t allow animals 🙁 After about a week of sulking my Fiance said we could keep her and mom agreed to watch her till we move! I miss her like crazy.

Anyways I know we are going to have a battle about letting our cat (Cocoa) be an outdoor cat. His family has always let their cats go outside, even in the city, but I’m terrified to let her outside especially since we are living in the city and she was a stray. She has been very content staying inside at my parents house INSIDE. I’m sure they the kitten will be fine. Just make sure there are many ways to keep her occupied.

Congrats on your new addition to the family 🙂 They are a real joy 🙂

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Cats that go outdoors have an average life span of 3 years! Yes, some get lucky, but its still super dangerous!  My cat always wants to sneak out the front door but every time he slipped out unnoticed, he came back 20 minutes later SCARED TO DEATH.  Get your new kitty a nice window perch (they have these cool ones that hang off of the window sill) and she’ll be much better off!

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