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Old 12-03-2012, 04:07 AM
 
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I agree. Keep cats indoors in Colorado Springs. They'll live much longer.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:39 AM
 
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I have neighbors who let their cats out and no one minds. But I agree that indoors only is for the best, generally...

In the last several months, I've watched a lot of this show "My Cat from Hell" with Jackson Galaxy, a cat behaviorist. Many people think cats can't be trained, well this guy makes it look EASY! So when I think about cat issues now, I think, what would Jackson do?

On episodes I've seen, he doesn't recommend that owners let cats roam outside, except on leashed walks. Many cats really adapt well to that, and they sell special cat harnesses for the purpose. He also has some owners create a "cat-io" (patio) that gives the pet an outdoor area to hang out in. I think the notion of a screened porch, reinforced maybe with a sturdier chicken-wire or something the cat can't demolish, is a neat idea.

I recommend his show to anyone who has, wants, or just likes cats. I think there might be episodes available to stream online, if you don't have cable on demand or whatever. Great insight on what makes cats tick.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:05 AM
 
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You might want to get her some type of outdoor cat enclosure so she can enjoy going out but not wander off. Something like this kittywalk if she just wants to sun herself.

Amazon.com: Kittywalk Outdoor Net Cat Enclosure for Decks, Patios, Balconies: Pet Supplies

Or this fun run if she wants to run around in the yard.
Amazon.com: ABO Gear Fun Run: Pet Supplies

That way she can enjoy some safe escape proof outdoor time when your there to supervise and be safely indoors the rest of the time.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:59 PM
 
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Mic 111- that is awesome! We are actually considering that for our indoor cat that tries to escape all the time because he loves to lay in the sun on the concrete. He would LOVE that.

We have decided to have her stay in Kansas I'm very sad about it but I don't think she will adjust well to all the moving and she is truly an outside cat. We found her at a year old out by an apartment complex we were staying at and have had her for two years. She is still extremely skittish and runs away when you try to catch her. She is still super cuddly BUT it has to be on her terms!

We have a neighbor that likes to play with her that I think would treat her well and keep her safe. Also Leia ( my cat) knows the neighborhood really well.

Thanks everyone for your input. I never really thought about neighbors hating cats as I just love them. We like to feed strays in the winter since they have trouble finding food out here in Kansas.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:47 PM
 
Location: 900 miles from my home in 80814
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Mic111, that Kitty Walk is awesome!! I have two cats ages 9 and 11 and they would LOVE this as they love to lie in the sun by the sliding door, and love it when the glass door is open and they can smell the fresh air through the screen. Thank you for the link. I am going to order one.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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Marcy1210 you may want to look at this also. It seems to get good reviews.
Amazon.com: ABO Gear Happy Habitat for Indoor Cats: Pet Supplies
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:44 PM
 
Location: 900 miles from my home in 80814
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Marcy1210 you may want to look at this also. It seems to get good reviews.
Amazon.com: ABO Gear Happy Habitat for Indoor Cats: Pet Supplies
Thanks!! These are great. Never knew they existed, and now I really want one.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Powers/Dublin
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I tried to keep my cat only indoor, but he does cry to go out. We only let him out on nice days and never in the evening. He doesn't wonder very far. At lot of times he just vegs in our backyard or rolls around on the driveway. He has a collar, with a bell, and tag. I think he's very smart and comes when we call him. I do worry about him but it is in his nature to hunt outside. He has caught mice, birds, and grasshoppers. We are in a subdivision and my neighbors know he is our cat and they have not complained to me or expressed any concerns.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Downtown Co Sps
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"Catios" are the new craze I guess.




If my girlfriend see this I'll be forced to build something like this.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:39 AM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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OMG, just let the damn cat outside already Lmao. WAY too much like work....
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