The cat(s) start to realize that the food will not always be available.” With meal feeding, each cat receives “a measured portion of food, usually 2 or more times a day. Please note: A cat should never be locked out all night. By continuing to use this site you consent to the use of cookies on your device as described … he has a small cat kennel outside with a soft bed in it. But if you can’t, set up a small wooden enclosure or heavy box to keep your cat warm. or clapped hands to shoo it away. I know he is not stuck or hurt because I have seen him walking around. my cat charli is a year and a half old and she ALWAYS wants to go outside!! I’ve had cats all my life(82) and I’ve never had a cat that would run and hide, until now. Cats are very territorial and attached to their environments, and bringing an outdoor cat indoors can be very disorienting and anxiety-inducing. As she had enough pets, she asked if I wanted to adopt him. i dont let him stay in at night as every time he has he has woken us up at silly o'clock to be let out, then again half hour later to be let in. If a cat, or even a human for that matter, is inactive, indifferent, appears to be drowsy a huge chunk of the time, basically just does not want to get up and looks, for lack of a better analogy, like a miserable little kid who’s at home sick in bed and exhausted trying to recover from his/her cold, well that’s what lethargy is like and if you suspect your cat’s got it, he/she may be sick. Even simpler would be to put in a microchip cat flap which only lets cats in that have their chips programmed into the cat flap register. An overweight cat is more likely to have weight-related health conditions. “It's important for owners to remember that cats are nocturnal, and in the wild, they'd be hunting all night and sleeping all day. Wait for your cat to spontaneously come out and ask for attention. We live out in the country im afraid something is going to get him . from other cats! Adult Cat. But that’s only the beginning of the risks to outdoor cats. When outside, cats rubs a territory marker or sprays urine on it to keep their rivals away. This encourages them to be brave again! Since those first weeks, the cat has started sleeping over and seems to spend all his time over here now. The best bet is to bring cats inside when the temperatures drop. Thanks to the creation and marketing of cat litter since the mid 1940s, more and more cats are staying in — becoming indoors-only pets, that is. This can be a big problem for some people, who may give in to their cat's incessant cries to go outside, even though they really want to keep him in. The idea is to make the doorway area unappealing so that kitty avoids it and offer a more rewarding pastime. To a cat, they're casually patrolling their territory, checking everything's in order, but wait! Also, ensure that cats have access to shelter in the day time, either providing a kennel or access to a shed. Encourage your cat to stay away from danger zones with a few basic training techniques. One preferred to be outside most of the time (even in the rain! Well, I can write a bit from personal experience… Many years ago, a friend found a gorgeous ginger tiger boy living in her bushes. Some of it may just be her personality. If we do manage to get him in he eats then goes straight to the back door and starts whining and meow-ing wierdly. Although kittens are often put up for adoption when they are as young as 6 weeks old, it's best if the kittens stay with mom until they are at least 10 weeks. Many cats will find a treat rewarding. Although the impact made by one cat might not seem like a big deal, it is important to think about the total impact of all the cats who are allowed outside. Last two weeks he runs out the door we have been letting him stay out for awhile. You cat will need time alone while hiding and by trying to comfort them you may accidentally increase their level of stress. My cat suddenly started just sitting in our next door neighbour's garden all the time in the same place. She used to beg to go out. As such, cats are generally leading longer, healthier lives. He only wants what we are having. “Fat provides twice as many calories in every gram as protein or carbohydrates,” Dr. Murphy says. You have some options when it comes to deciding what to do with a stray cat that has “adopted” you. Reward your cat for brave actions shown during potentially challenging situations. When you want to help a feral cat adjust to living inside, the following tips can help. Outside is probably a lot more interesting! Permitting cats to meander all over the neighborhood at night does have its risks, however, although the cat does not realize this. Should Indoor Cats Have Outdoor Time? As animals get older, their ability to digest fat and protein decreases while their energy requirements increase, she says, adding that in cats, the shift happens at around age 13. If you own a cat that wants to be outside all of the time, it can be extremely worrying when the weather turns very cold and for good reason, because if our feline friends are exposed to cold temperatures for longer periods of time, it can prove just as dangerous for them as it can to humans. I don't know whats up with that cat . Cats have a very powerful need to check out their territory from time to time. Make sure an adult supervises your kitty’s outdoor time to ensure strays cannot come into contact with her. The average indoor cat lives to be ten to twelve years old, and many of us know felines who are older than twenty. Many times, our cats simply may be curious about what we are doing or may want access to different rooms in the house that they generally may be banned or restricted from. It happens all the time. There are some ways to tone down the meowing and teach your cat that inside is great too. Joined Apr 4, 2002 Messages 163 Reaction score 1 Location Perth, Australia. my cat wants to go outside all the time! He will not eat even the gourmet cat food — we have tried all kinds. Every time we use the microwave he comes into the kitchen and cries. They get accidentally trapped in sheds, garages and basements, and starve to death. I had 3 indoor-outdoor cats for many years. It’s all about figuring out what is best for the cat and for you. Instead of expecting her to become an indoor cat right away, ease her into it by feeding her indoors and keeping her inside for gradually longer stretches of time after she has finished eating. The reason that their checking is so rhythmic is because of the built-in time clock of their scent marks. he has a thick fur coat, and is just fine. The natural changes that happen with aging can make a cat hungry all the time, too, Dr. Murphy says. This is because outdoor cats will spend much of the day climbing and hunting, whereas indoors cats have less opportunity to do so. Many people think cats are better off living outside, but between traffic, diseases, aggressive animals, and poisonous substances, cats who stay indoors live much longer than those who stay outside. Cars, stray dogs, other cats, and getting stuck or trapped somewhere they cannot escape from are all very real hazards to night-loving cats. In extreme weather conditions, many times, cats can figure it out for themselves. Apparently, it's because their understanding of object permanence doesn't allow them to understand that what's beyond the door still exists. Door Darting can be Deadly to Cats. Cats who aren’t used to being outdoors are at serious risk of being hit by cars, attacked by other animals, becoming lost, ingesting poison, among many other dangers.Regardless of whether your cat darts out the door and usually just sits on the front porch or stays in the front yard, he is in danger. Is your cat always yelling at you about his desire to go outside, but you've decided he should stay inside where it's safer instead? Thread starter iceangel; Start Date Apr 19, 2003; Apr 19, 2003 #1 I. iceangel TCS Member Thread starter . For example, I tend to have a messy office with lots of papers lying in piles on my desk. I feel that if you get a kitten and it never knows the outside and it has lots of things to do inside then that is great and that is what i wish was my situation. Any time you see the cat lounging near the doorway, use an interruption such as a loud "SSST!" If your cat doesn’t get an adequate amount of exercise, they are more at risk of putting on unwanted weight. Why does my cat like to stay out all day and night I went - Answered by a verified Cat Veterinarian We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our website. One reason cats generally enjoy the outdoors is that it takes them back to their natural roots. He follows me around and I've even witnessed him defending 'his territory' (my garden!) Although they are no longer as dependent on her and she will spend longer amounts of time away from them, mommy cat is still teaching her babies important skills and socialization until they are 10 to 12 weeks old. They’re all too often hit by cars or eaten by coyotes (yes, even in the most urban of neighborhoods, coyotes roam boldly). hi everyone! he has always gone out at night since he was first let out after neutering over 3 years ago. Cats Can Suffer From Hypothermia. Fact: A study of 10 house cats and seven farm cats published in the European ecology journal Ecography found that on average, the house cats covered more ground than the farm cats — at night, the house cats moved within an average area of nearly 20 acres, compared to just over 6 acres for the farm cats. The staying power of the scent becomes weaker with time and eventually disappears. If you try to call him he just sits there and meows at you. He also recommends you make sure your cat isn’t climbing into the hood of your car to stay cozy during the winter months or cool in the summer. Elderly cat suddenly wants out by: Anonymous My 18 year old male cat suddenly wants to be let out of the flat. I feel guilty sometimes that I let my cats out and 2 of them do not stay in the yard. ), one preferred to stay indoors and had to be coaxed out to get some exercise, and one was somewhere in between. 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