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cats outside for first time...

Post by balto13 » Thu May 29, 2014 7:05 pm

I am normally very wary, borderline against, cats being outdoor/indoor cats. However the two I have from Japan are still somewhat feral and are not enjoying being cooped up all the time to the point that I am beginning to worry we will burn through the security fee and end up owing some extra when we finally do move out. We've been at our new house for almost 3 months, is that long enough to be able to let them go outside? I am tempted to put a little kitty poo under our porch, I know that might seem like it will invite more cats to poop under there but it's some amazingly soft soil and I would be surprised if it wasn't already the communal litter box :roll: and I just want there to be some of their smell outside ... thoughts? advice?

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Post by HiTenshi16 » Fri May 30, 2014 12:18 am

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Post by balto13 » Fri May 30, 2014 5:30 am

HiTenshi16 wrote:Ever thought of building a catio?
http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-ho ... sign-build
I thought about that, but the back of our house and yard doesn't really support on of those - sadly, as I would be more than willing to save up and make one ourselves

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Post by HiTenshi16 » Fri May 30, 2014 6:10 am

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HiTenshi16 wrote:Ever thought of building a catio?
http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-ho ... sign-build
I thought about that, but the back of our house and yard doesn't really support on of those - sadly, as I would be more than willing to save up and make one ourselves
Shame :( What about teaching your cats to walk on a leash?
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Post by Katlin » Fri May 30, 2014 11:55 am

Maybe something more temporary like an Xpen?
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Post by balto13 » Fri May 30, 2014 9:10 pm

HiTenshi16 wrote:
balto13 wrote:
HiTenshi16 wrote:Ever thought of building a catio?
http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-ho ... sign-build
I thought about that, but the back of our house and yard doesn't really support on of those - sadly, as I would be more than willing to save up and make one ourselves
Shame :( What about teaching your cats to walk on a leash?
here is an album for one of our cats, Kovu, being outside (album is set to public so all can see it instead of me posting 28 pictures here) https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 627&type=3 the other cat, Monty, turned into a wild, wild, ocelot! hahaha, no harnesses for him :oops:
Katlin wrote:Maybe something more temporary like an Xpen?
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we saw something similar, but with a little roof at the local feed store about 10 minutes away from us. I was pretty spendy but we might look into seeing if we can build one

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Post by balto13 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:54 pm

Right now we have a large dog kennel on our patio with some teeny fix'ns (a little bed, scratching post, litter box, water, place for shade, ect). It's not the kitty 4 seasons but they enjoy a little time in it and I can do the dishes and keep an eye on them. Hopefully between that and the cat harness walks (daily) they will calm down a little. In the mean time will scratch our heads on how to make a more permanent outside enclosure. Thanks for the help ladies! :D :D

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Post by ASaroka » Sun Feb 08, 2015 12:42 pm

I got two kittens from a litter of barn cats from my parent's neighbor back in Upstate NY. I was very concerned for them, having rural genes and growing up in a city, so I did tie them out in the backyard and walked them around my neighborhood on a leash. They did learn to look both ways before crossing the street from it....and learned to escape their tie-outs in the most creative ways. I would teach them to come when called with treats or something; cats are quite smart just hard to motivate.

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Post by highasakite » Mon Feb 09, 2015 2:53 am

Letting them outside with no supervision or control would be an incredibly irresponsible thing to do. So would a tie-out, if you weren't watching them. Teaching them to walk on-lead, and getting an x-pen, are the smartest idea's I've seen here so far.

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