About 3 years ago, my family and I were adopted by a homeless cat who made herself very comfortable in our house. After moving in and giving birth to a surprise litter of four, we had her spayed and she has been our cat ever since. Now, as she came from nowhere and has always been (as far as I know) an outside cat, I was wondering if it was at all possible to train her not to go outside anymore. I have never liked her going outside, but she just seems to need to. We are moving in a few months as well, and I thought maybe this would be a good time to try to transition her to be soley an indoor cat. Do you think that it is possible to transform an outside cat into an indoor cat, or will it be too stressfull for her? Any suggestions how to go about doing it?
Are you wanting advice on helping her through the transition, or literally on keeping her in the house? Any cat I've taken from the street, there was no transition, I just wouldn't let them out anymore. Kept them in the bathroom with a litter box long enough to see if they knew how to use it, then let them out in the house. If she's literally darting out too fast for you to catch her, then if you are opening the outside door, shut her in another room first. For helping with the transition, just make sure you are offering her enough opportunities to stimulate her senses and abilities. Scratching posts, cat furniture, window seats, toys, catnip, regular play time with the humans, stuff an indoor cat needs anyway but an active outdoor cat may demand more of. She needs the opportunity to run, stalk, climb, jump, scratch, play, etc. You might consider leash training her and taking her on walks. Or another cat to keep her company (&/or occupied, at least) =) Having her work for meals by serving them in a treat-dispensing toy might also help release some of the energy.
Hi CatClyde-welcome back. I see you changed your name but not your ignorant attitude. I was hoping that in your absence, you might have done something constructive like visit or volunteer at a shelter. But, I see nothing has changed, other than your name.
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
Cats may sometimes act cocky and independent, but they are as defenseless as toddlers in the concrete jungle. Cats allowed to roam outside unattended may be attacked by dogs, stolen by dogfighters to use as “bait” or by thieves who sell animals to labs, or shot or poisoned by neighbors who don’t like them digging in the flowerbeds or climbing on their cars. Cats who roam outside are also exposed to deadly diseases like feline AIDS and feline leukemia, for which there is no cure.
Thank you to the few of you who actually answered my question. Horsemama...you reply makes no sense to what I was asking. Stop spewing you propaganda around this site. You are as see through as a window. Your replies are obviously just cut and pasted from... hmm let me guess... PETA's website???? Plese take your BS someplace else.
You hit the nail on the head Staceyb. Horsemama's propaganda is from Helpinganimals.com which is a PETA sponsored site. She sure has a lot to say about nothing useful at all. Must have a super boring life to have time to post this much crap in one sitting.