indoor cat wants to go out!

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indoor cat wants to go out!
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Wed, 04-23-2003 - 6:53am
I have two cats both a year old who have always been indoor cats, but now suddenly one of them wants to go outside. He sits by the door and howls and howls to go out. I'm afraid to let him out for fear that he will get lost and not be able to find his way home. I have two neighbors who this has happened to lately and I don't want to lose him. Why does he suddenly want to venture outdoors when he never was interested before? Is there a safe way to let him out so that he does not get lost?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 04-23-2003 - 10:11am
well, i'm not a cat person, but ... maybe there's a girly cat out there calling his name? neutering does not necessarily make a male impervious the wildly wooing ways of the female. ;)

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Wed, 04-23-2003 - 10:13am
hehe, I am NOT a cat person either...yuck.

Jennifer

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Wed, 04-23-2003 - 10:29am
Yeah, I wouldn't let him out either. We have an alley-cat that we took in last May, so we have had her about a year. Lately she has been sitting in the windows all day and sitting by the door waiting for someone to open it. One time she actually slipped out when I wasn't paying attention, luckily she was apprehensive about being outside again and didn't move fast, so I could grab her. I think she has spring fever or something, with all the birds and all...and I am afraid that she would get really lost since we have moved since we got her. My sister has one cat that likes to go outside and one that is afraid to. She puts Cosmo on a leash and lets him out while she and the kids are playing, but Buddy never ever wants to go outside. I live in the city now, so I don't think I want to put my cat on a leash to go sit outside because I am worried about her slipping out of it and running into the street, but it works well for her and Cosmo. I am also afraid that if I did that, my cat would try to sneak out even more. Sometimes I will sit out on the porch holding my kitty..Hope this helps, but I definately wouldn't let the kitty out all alone.

Amanda
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Registered: 03-23-2003
Wed, 04-23-2003 - 5:04pm
Welcome valemoore! Got a couple of questions for ya! First off is your kitty spayed or neutered? If not, then that may be what is wrong, spring fever and all. LOL Secondly, do you provide some quality play time with your kitty? He may be bored and thinking there are better things to do outside. I would try spending some extra time with him and see if that helps too. My cats (i have 3 indoor cats) do that occasionally and will cry really loud. When they do that I scoop them up and love on them and play with them and it usually calms them down. All 3 of mine are fixed, so it's not always a question of whether they are spayed or neutered or not. Let us know what happens! I hope you can solve the problem, I know how heartbreaking it is to hear them cry to go out! Keep me posted!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will come back often!

Kat

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 04-23-2003 - 6:24pm
Jennifer,

Yuck to you!

From my cat,

Val

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Wed, 04-23-2003 - 6:35pm
Hi Kat,

No he is not neutered, and my husband says that he is doing that to get a "girlfriend". My other cat is neutered and couldn't care less about going outside. Sometimes when the cat who does want to go out howls and howls, I will pick him up and take him outside and just stay with him out there, but I don't put him down or let him walk by himself because I can tell that he will just run. The time when he did get out (someone left the screen open in the window downstairs), I found him outside underneath my deck scared to death. Then I had quite a time trying to get him out. He seemed scared, even of me! A friend suggested that I should get a harness and put him on a leash, which I think I may try. I definitely don't want to let him out by himself and take a chance on losing him. I love him too much. But I will also try your suggestion of playing with him more, although I do have three kids who love to play with him and most of the time he tries to get away from them. Just like Jennifer is not a cat person (poor thing), he is not really a people cat, like my other one is. He comes out mostly just for food and water and does play with the other cat, but he mostly likes to keep to himself. Funny how cats have their own individual natures, just like people. My other cat loves nothing better than to jump on my lap and stay there all day being petted. Follows me around and can't wait for me to pick him up. Wants to be the center of attention all the time. The other one would just soon hide under the bed all day when there is anyone around.

What a great board!

Thanks a lot,

Val

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Wed, 04-23-2003 - 7:39pm
LOL, don't worry....Your cat has NOT hurt my feelings. I don't like them AT ALL, an opinion I am entitled to.

Jennifer

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Wed, 04-23-2003 - 7:48pm
Val,

You said, "Just like Jennifer is not a cat person (poor thing), he is not really a people cat, like my other one is. He comes out mostly just for food and water and does play with the other cat, but he mostly likes to keep to himself."

ALL cats are like that. They only want food and water from people then they go and scratch your car and your furniture eat birds and bring them to you (among other things) and bring fleas in your house then shed all over the place and then make that annoying howling noise when they are horny or want something in general. There has been one lately outside my apartment that has a deathwish. I know it is somebodys in the back of the complex because it has a collar. Why are cat owners so disrespectful and let their cats out to bother other people and their property? Whats the point of a cat? I just HATE them.

Jennifer

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Thu, 04-24-2003 - 9:58am
there's no room on this board for hate of anything. (nfm)
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Thu, 04-24-2003 - 10:01pm
puuuulese...i can not like cats if i want to. You cant tell me what there is and is not room for. I have hated cats my whole life the only difference is that you just know now. Big deal. I would not care if you hated dogs...its an opinion you would be entitled to.

Jennifer

P.S. What does "(nfm)" stand for???

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