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Transforming an Outdoor Cat to an Indoor Cat

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT ON WINDOWThere’s an outdoor cat who comes around everyday for food. He hangs around on your deck or in your yard. You become attached and now want to take him indoors are train him to be an indoor cat. Can this be done?  Yes but it does require planning, persistence, and patience.  You have to make the change from outdoor to indoor gradually until he is perfectly comfortable staying in the house. Some cats will adjust right away while others will just be miserable during the process. They may scratch at doors, claw at windows, yowl, and try to dash through open doors.

While indoors,  introduce him to the litter box and scratching post. If you’re feeding the cat outdoors, start feeding him indoors. After he finishes eating, don’t let him out right away. Gradually let him stay inside longer and longer. Make sure that other members of the family know that they have to close doors quickly. Buy some cat toys and start playing with him on a regular basis. He will look forward to this as well as keep his mind and body in shape.

If you live in a cold climate, a nice warm home will help him feel cozy and comfortable. When the weather gets warmer, you can take him outside on a leash or harness.  Take him to the vet for a checkup as soon as possible to get a health reading and rule out any diseases that he may be carrying.

Before you know it, your cat will get used to staying indoors and make a wonderful house pet.

Remember, your pets count!

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