Indoor/Outdoor Cats becoming depressed after move that keeps them indoor only?

My 2 male cats have been indoor/outdoor cats and were able to come and go as they pleased due to a quiet neighborhood and large yard. We've moved to a much busier area to manage a motel, and the road is very busy and there are cars and boats everywhere when the motel gets booked. I no longer feel they will be safe if they come and go as they please. They have been desperate to get outside! They sit in front of the windows (that don't open) and try to get out every chance they get. We are constantly having to pick them up out of the front office (only room with a screen and good outdoor lighting) and put them back in. I'm going to pick up harnesses and leashes today so I can take them outside and allow them some fresh air and grass under their feet. Will they become depressed or anxious if they continue to have to stay inside? Will daily play time on the leash during good weather help?

Asked by Member 1102695 on Mar 28th 2012 Tagged cats, cattraining, catleash, outdoorcat, depressionincats in Separation Anxiety
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Izadore (Izzie)

It's extremely difficult to make an "indoor only" cat out of one who has spent the balance of his life outside. No matter what we do with or for them, being kept indoors is so boring compared to being allowed out. But that doesn't mean you're wrong for keeping them inside because by doing so, you are also keeping them alive. Some cats like leashes, others hunker down and refuse to move. A friend of mine in animal rescue converted her entire back porch to a screened in cat sanctuary complete with platforms, a real tree and safely screened in windows. You could do the same on a smaller scale if you're handy with carpentry. Playtimes and extra attention is always appreciated, and extra vigilance to keep them from bolting is a necessity. Patience and understanding of them is also a requirement as they want desperately to get outside and explore their new world, regardless of the dangers. Good luck and purrs!

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 3/28/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


They arnt depressed they are learning how to at last relax. Of course they'll be looking over their shoulders for a whil
e. Play with them and feed them good food. Cats are the greatest compensaters on the planet. If they showed weakness they would become prey not preditors. They don't want to live outside anymore than we do, but they know better than to bitch about It.

max answered on 4/14/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer