Butt-kicker of- all other cats
|Purred: Fri Jun 28, '13 4:01am PST |
|I think you should attempt to make the kitty an indoor kitty when you move. And I think it will be hard on the cat and hard on you. You could look into an outdoor enclosure to put the cat in and put her outside on the porch for fresh air. I think the idea of the leash is good as long as you never leave her alone on it, because I have heard horrible stories of cats hanging themselves on leashes like that. I bought a zip up, pop up mesh side crate, it was actually a dog crate, and a pretty good size one, got it at Walmart for around $25....it may have been closer to $40 but I don't remember, just that it was not that expensive. It completely zips up. I have put my kitties out there for some fresh air when we sit out on the porch.
My fear would be what I am sure yours is, that this cat will be out of it's territory, and run off, especially if there are lots of other cats nearby. Maybe once this cat is really used to it's new home, and has been ok with small amounts of outdoor time where it can't run off, then it will be ok to give it small amounts of outside time, but that would depend on the other cats in the neighborhood. I just think it could be a recipe for disaster if you just let this cat outside right away before it is used to where it is.
Not to scare you, but this actually happened to me. I was 14, we moved from South Florida to Central Florida, brought our cat Spooky with us. He was a big ole tom cat, came and went as he pleased, was never fixed....I guess my mom was just ignorant about such things, or maybe it wasn't as common to neuter male cats back then, I don't know. Anyway, we attempted to keep Spooky in, but we couldn't, and so we started letting him out. He immediately got into fights with other toms in the area....he was used to being the big butt kicker back in his home, not so here on someone elses turf. And then one day, not long after we'd been there, he just didn't come home. I always wondered if he was hit by a car, because we were by a very busy road, or if he attempted to go back to his old home.....if ever a cat could, it might have been this cat. But I was only 14 and I was heartbroken, and when I look back on it, I think of how many mistakes we made. But it was a different time and place.
Now, a good story. A friend of mine had a cat that was a stray, she attempted to make her an indoor cat, she got out CONSTATNLY, so she just threw her hands in the air and said fine, indoor outdoor. She moved about 3 years ago and wondered how she would keep her cat inside at the new place. She actually has done very, very well. She said she was kind of scared being in a new place and for months didn't even attempt to get out. She told me a few months ago that she heard this awful mewing at her front door, went to the door and it was her cat, Princess. She had gotten out, it seems, that a screen had fallen out...or she pushed it out maybe, but she must not have been out there too long. She had worried that if she ever got out she would bolt, and she only lived about 5 miles away from her old house, and she feared Princess would return there, but she didn't. She has even gotten out a few times since then and has not wandered off, so it can be ok. My sister also had a cat that lived to be 18 and moved homes 3 times in her life and always went in and out, but she did always live in a quiet, residential neighborhood.
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