Trix our cat goes outside.

by Kelly S.

Trix goes outside pretty much when she wants to. We have never tried keeping her in the house and I doubt that we could.

She is not adventurous so mostly stays within our rambling garden area, nothing much to keep her from going off but she doesn't seem to want to do so, she knows that she will be fed here.

If we lived someplace else, where there are more critters or traffic, I don't know if it would be good to let her roam about. It is safe here.

Trix has had her visit to the veterinarian clinic so she is not going to get herself pregnant.

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My sister's cat
by: connie

My sister had a cat similar to your cat. Moggy was allowed to come and go when she pleased...until the morning when she came home to die on the lawn from blood loss due to it's hind leg being torn off.

My next-door neighbor had to spend $1600 to get her outdoor cat fixed up because another cat attacked it.

I know that you think that your cat will be hard to keep indoors, so could you perhaps build her a wire run (roofed over...part wood and part wire) with a "kitty door" so that she can come and go as she pleases. I would like to think that she is safe. My 2 cats love their run and they can enjoy nature and the warmth of the inside and still be able to eat grass, catch insects and sunbathe.

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Good that Trix enjoys the outdoors.
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi Kelly,

Thank you very much for your submission. It is good that Trix can enjoy the outdoors without going too far and that you feel it is safe for her where you live.

You are right, if she has been going outside for some time it would be difficult to keep her indoors, but I have often read that it can be done.

Larry (Editor)

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Please try.
by: Anonymous

You are saying that you have not tried to keep your cat in the house. why don't you try? You are saying that it is safe wherever it is you are, it is not safe for cats, you can bet the farm on it. Please try to keep her inside.

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The Great Outdoors

by Linda
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Our Milo is an 8 yr old rescue cat and we knew he was an outdoor cat before we got him. There's just no way we could confine him indoors without him going bonkers! I do worry about him when he's out (mostly that he'll get run over) but I'd rather he had a shorter, exciting full life than a long, boring half-life.

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Outdoor cat
by: Jason

My cat was a stray that had been roaming around my aunt's house for several months. He is usually very laid-back and loving, but he gets very stressed when he wants to go out. If I don't let him out, he sprays everywhere, meows constantly, and even bites me (not hard, but hard enough).

I tried keeping him inside for a couple weeks, but I was getting stressed from him spraying everywhere and keeping me up at night with his meowing.

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Got to go out.
by: Anonymous

It is very sad what happened to your sisters cat, some people need locking away for good.

But bad things don't always happen to cats that go out the door. I agree that some cats you just can't keep shut in the house, they have got to come and go when they feel like it because there cats.

We had a cat like that, we could not have insisted that she stay in she would have tore up the house and us also! She had her pet door and she knew how to use it, she lived to a great age always going out. Miss her.

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Outdoor Cat
by: Connie

I am unhappy that you feel it necessary that Milo continue to be an outdoor cat. My sister felt the same way and her cat came home with burn marks on him from being tortured. The vet said that he thought that Pounce had also been kicked in the eye which needed to be removed.

Her other cat came home with his leg half chewed off by an animal. He went into shock and died before she got him to the vet.

Now we all have indoor cats and I have a large wire enclosure with a tarp for shade, a small cat condo where my 2 cats can enjoy being outside safely and they are happy coming and going when they please through their cat door.. Please keep your cat safe.

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Freedom.
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi Linda,

I can understand what you mean when you say that you know your cat is an outdoor cat and that he would go bonkers if kept inside.

My basil was like that, he loved freedom. Trouble is that he had a couple of serious arguments with cars.

What to do? I guess the only answer is to live somewhere where there is no traffic - but where is that?

Great story thank you very much for sharing it.

Larry (Editor)

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Our sun loving outdoor cat.

by Sue D.

Our cat "Barnes" was not allowed out of the house until he was around two years old. In fact we did not intend to let the little terror out he managed to bolt out the back door one day. I was in a panic, he had run to the end of the back yard and was investigating all the new sights and smells. I thought that if was to make grab for him he would run and that would be the last we would ever see of our pet.

So there I stood watching for about five minuets. Suddenly it was if he became aware that I was there, he ran back down the yard towards me, stopped, and carried on his investigation. Eventually I opened the back door and stood just inside, and presto, Barnes slinked back inside.

I was relieved that our cat had not disappeared forever, but over the next week Barnes acted more restless than he had since he was a kitten. He spent a lot of time at the window too. So after a long talk about it with the family we decided to let him out when he wants to go.

There has not been one problem with it. Yes Barnes has been neutered so that may make a difference. He has been out of the yard a few times but mostly stays in it. He is never out long so we have not put in a pet door, he just scratches to let us know he wants in.

He does not want to go out there if the weather is the least bit cold, but when the sun is out so is he, he loves the heat alright.

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Enjoying the outdoors.
by: Larry (Editor)

Hi Sue,

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

You are right neutered males are less inclined to wander far and get lost. And who can blame your cat for enjoying the sun ;0) Please do remember that too much sun can be harmful for cats just like it can for humans. Great to read that your cat can enjoy the outdoors.

Larry (Editor)

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