|Purred: Mon Oct 7, '13 11:52am PST |
|There are a couple of ways you can go here--one is to train him that the door is bad and inside is good. The second is to introduce him to the great outdoors on YOUR terms.
Option 1--Get a Feliway diffuser or two and put one next to his favorite napping spot and one by the front door. This will help calm him down. Second, when you get ready to go somewhere, give him food or treats or a favorite toy or something to show him that inside is really the best place for him. Third, make the door seem like an unappealing place. Spray bottles are great for this. Keep a spray bottle near the door and spray him if he gets too close. Eventually, he'll stop coming close.
Option 2--Use a harness and a leash (some cats get used to these VERY easily, others...not so much). Once the cat is willing to stand up straight (not bowing or arching his back or trying to get out of the harness), hook him up to the leash and let him out on the front porch. Let him sniff and explore and look around. If he seems like he wants to go for a walk, let him walk for a while. This way, if he is outside, he understands that it's on YOUR terms, but that if he cooperates, your terms aren't so bad....
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