Outdoor Cat at Heart

by Rebecka
(Antelope, CA)

Outdoor Bliss

Outdoor Bliss

My first cat, Bootsie, was a stray when she came to us. She had good sense when it came to the road and traffic and loved being outdoors. One night when she was outside, she became the victim of a horrible target shooter, and by some miracle, survived.

When she was recovering, we kept her indoors all the time, and by the time she could walk again, she would try to sneak outside. We finally had to let her out because she was becoming depressed, and she ran outside to lie in the grass. She really loved the outdoors. She eventually passed away at age 14 from cancer.

If I decide to get another cat, the cat would be in during the night and out other times of the day. That is where cats really belong.

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Bootsie was a beauty.
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi Rebecka,

Bootsie was a beauty and I can tell by her photograph that she loved the outdoors.

How can people shoot at cats, or any innocent animals. Humans are supposed to be superior beings, but by acting that way we often show that we are not at all. Thank goodness that she survived her ordeal.

Thank you very much indeed for your submission.

Larry (Editor)

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have kitten, who escapes ..she does not want to stay indoors..

by anna
(montreal)

Leila the escape artist

Leila the escape artist

My kitten is 5 months old. She is crazy about the outdoors. Since I brought her home at two months..she has escaped numerous times. how do i let her out and know she knows how to come back. i live in a wooded area...and she escaped into the forest..and i chased her......i ran into thorns and got scratched everywhere....i was crying with fear ...i thought i had lost her.....
how will i know that if she goes out she will come back.

How do you train a kitten? i'm terrified. i have a one year old that sits in the awning and has no urge to go out. Why is this little one so crazy about taking off and disappearing. im completely scratched from head to toe,,,but brought my kitten home.

HELP

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Cats do what they must
by: Teresa Borden

Hi there,
I do understand your worry about your sweet kitten, Leila. I had the same angst about our cat, Fidget (who is now 4 years old...or is it 5?) when he was a kitten. I do believe that it's true (what my vet said) that there are some cats who are quite content being indoor cats and others who just must go outside.
If Leila is one of those who is intrinsically an outdoor cat (and that's what it sounds like) then I think you should let her out but be sure to give her a way back inside whenever she needs it. (A cat door or just be there for her when she's outside so you can open the door for her when she needs it.) I hope this helps. Teresa

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Inside every Cat
by: Angela

is a Tiger. They may have been bred down over the centuries to be very small, but that leftover genetics stills makes them want to be the hunters they were meant to be. They have all the skills to find their way back, as long as they are uninjured and not overly frightened, or detained by someone.

The most important thing is to make sure your pet is properly identified with your phone number or address, so when she is "lost" she can get back to you if picked up by someone else...usually a neighbor very close by. In the beginning reward her for coming back in the house, and by all means, don't stress out over it when she gets out. It's what they do.

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my cat
by: Anonymous

Its all fine to say that your cat will always come back if you love him. I loved my cat I adored him but he didn't come back to me.

I sort of hope that someone has him and wo let him out because then it makes sense why he didn't come home. I loved him.

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Precious!
by: Ashley

Hi,
I have a cat that looks just like yours-With 2 different colored eyes & all. My cat is in & out & always comes back. My cat is a year old & her name is Princess. I hope your cat brings you as much joy as my cat has to me.

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Very sweet kitten.
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi Anna,

Thank you very much for sharing your photo of Leila with us, she is a little sweetheart.

Teresa has given you some very good advice. Yes, cats do like to try and get outside, they are animals after all.

If you do decide to allow Leila to go outside it is very important that she has her shots, as Teresa says, and also that you get her spayed. If she is not spayed, and she goes out, it will not be long before she presents you with a litter.

Cats that are allowed out mostly do come back. Of course, sometimes they do wander too far, or someone takes them in and starts feeding them, or something else happens. But there are lots of cats who are indoor/outdoor cats their whole lives and they come back to their humans.

There is some advice on this page Outdoor Cats about getting your cat to come to you when you call.

Whether you decide to keep her as an indoor cat or allow her out . . . good luck, you have a very sweet kitten there.

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Cats usually need to go outside
by: Anonymous

As my local vet told me (she lives in the woods like I do), there are some cats who just have to go outside and others who are oontent staying inside. The important thing for the cats who really must go outside is that they get the vaccination for, oh hell, whatever it is that outdoor cats need to be vaccinated against.

Personally, here is what has worked for my cat and for us: We put a cat door in so if we go camping, our cat can go in and out as he pleases. We didn't let him out until he was about 6 months old and was really going crazy. He does bring in a mouse or lizard sometimes, to show us he's a good hunter, but he doesn't eat them. He's always only eaten his crunchies and licks the spoonful of canned food we give him each day, just so he feels equal to our two dogs who live for their daily meals.

Our vet told me that she had a cat that she wanted to give a treat to at Thanksgiving so gave it canned food and he turned up his nose.
So, it seems that really what you give the kitty from the beginning is what they will want and love, besides the mice and lizards they catch. Hah.
Just try and be loving with your cat and he will always want to come back to you.
Teresa

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Lost
by: Anonymous

Kitten = Lost


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