He's Gonna be an Outdoor Kitty

Puff

Puff

I didn't decide to get a cat. He just showed up, as a tiny kitten, mewing and meowing at the door. The vet said (at that time)that he wasn't a tiny kitten but actually about six months old! His growth was stunted from having been on his own.

I paid to have him neutered and get all his shots and vaccinations but....my house is small and where would I keep a litter box? I hoped he would just "ask" to go outside like the two dogs I have, but, no, he even pee'd on the bed, so.....I decided he's gonna be an outdoor kitty.

I have a six foot chain link fence all around the backyard, a covered porch and a small shed in the back with a hole in the door where he used to like to go inside and stay. Up until today, at least.

This morning was the first time he ever missed a meal and now I am worried about him, which is why I have searched online and ended up at this site. I had hoped he would stay inside the back yard as there are other people on the street who let there dogs roam loose and cars, etc. He has such a cute relationship with one of my dogs. They play together constantly and sometimes sleep together. I hope he shows up later, but he will still be an outdoor kitty. Maybe.

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Who could resist!
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi,

What a strikingly good looking fellow Puff is, no wonder you kept him, who could resist!

I do agree with PioraRua's comment, and not worry too much at the moment. Likely he will soon be back to where he is loved, if he isn't already.

Glad to read that Puff has been neutered and had his shots.

Thank you very much indeed for sharing your cat's photo with us.

Larry (Editor)

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He is beautiful!
by: PioraRua

Hi! Absolutely love your cat. He really is gorgeous!

Just to say, don't worry about him missing meals. Cats are like that and sometimes they will turn up their nose at their food.

It could be that he was simply looking for something nicer. Some cats that are fed on the same food from the begining tend to be very picky. Also, they are very peculiar about smelling something that is a bit 'off' to them. It's how they live so long.
My own cat won't drink tap water and I'm sure it's because of the smell of chemicals in it. I keep a bucket out the back to collect rain water and she is more than happy to drink that.

I am delighted to hear you have decided to keep him as an outdoor cat. In my opinion, their is nothing better for a cat to be outside, doing the things that cats do.
Of course though its great to leave them inside also (on their accord of course) to have a nice lap session, as I call it.

I hope the two of ye enjoy your time together and you get the full joy of being a cat owner!

Good luck to ye both,
PioraRua.

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My cats

I much prefer outdoor cats, as I have two. my friends who have indoor cats are amazed at how gentle and relaxed my two cats are, because they are both part stray.

I believe in outdoor cats because they seem to be less stressed, and if you make them upset they just run away for a bit and then come back. They also are more affectionate, because they don't see you all the time, but do not depend on you for anything but cat food and a few scratches.

My cats are so well behaved, but I do miss the luxury of just sitting with a cat on the couch. We only have outdoor cats because we have dogs who like to eat small furry things like cats.

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Less stressed.
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi there,

I know what you mean about cats that are allowed out being less stressed. They have more to keep them interested - places to go, territory to patrol.

Not that indoor cats need to be stressed or bored, but they do need interactive cat toys and a playtime with their human each day.

Cats, I think, are meant to be allowed out, but sadly there are dangers for them out there, it's a hard choice to make.

As for your dogs eating your cats :0) I'd doubt that would happen. Most dogs and cats that I know of that share a home get on OK, they have to! Cats usually rule though :0)

Thank you very much for sharing your story.

Larry (Editor)

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Fess the cat was always outside.

by Dave
(Sussex)

Fess would follow us to the end of the street, he would never try to cross with us or turn the corner with us if that was the way we were going. The us being my brother and myself.

That cat was always outside whenever it was not raining and as the house had no front garden to speak of, outside meant out on the pavement. Fess did not bother much with the back garden, he was not a cat for climbing up trees after the birds. He was a happy cat, that I'm sure of but not much of a one for being petted. When he was in the house he would find himself an out of the way spot and sleep, that is if he was not eating.

I was sixteen when one day arriving home I was told that Fess had been found in the gutter just along from our house. He hadn't been hit by a car or anything it was just that his time had come. I'm not sure how old he was.

Was it bad of my family to keep a cat and let it out onto the road. I don't think that anyone thought about the dangers, it was just the way that people kept cats.

If I had a cat now, I don't think I would let it roam free. I've quite a large garden, much bigger than my parents had, so I could build a run.

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Was it bad to allow Fess outside?
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi Dave,

Thank you very much for sharing your story about Fess with us.

Was it bad to allow Fess outside? No, allowing cats to go outdoors is an option - but it does have it's dangers, maybe more so if your home is close to the road.

Your idea of a cat run is a good third way. A cat can enjoy the outdoors but still be protected from many of the dangers.

Larry (Editor)

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