|Wessie laying in the sunshine outside|
- Your cat will go to the bathroom outside, so you don't have to scoop a litter box regularly.
- Your cat will be able to enjoy the freedom of the outdoors.
- They will be able to have the unique experiences that only the outdoors can offer.
- Your cat will probably have a richer and more exciting life.
- Your cat may have a shorter life span, due to other animals, cars, and cruel people.
- Your cat will probably roam around, and may be near you less.
- Others may not like your cat in their yard.
- Your cat may disappear. If the cat went off on its own, it will probably return, but there is always a chance that the cat was stolen.
If you want your cat to have the freedom of going outside, without the possibility of the cat escaping your yard, you may want to consider a Purrfect Cat Fence, which is a cat proof fence that can be installed into your yard.
If you live in an area with a lot of traffic, it will be more dangerous to let your cat outside than if you live in a more rural area. Keep this in mind when you are considering letting your cat outside.
Once you're sure that you want to let your cat outdoors, here's how to make it easier on them.
Before you let your cat outdoors, consider teaching him/her to come when called. Don't know how to train your cat? Here's how.
First of all, give your cat a treat. Get another treat, and show it to your cat. Go to the other end of the room, get down, and call your cat by their name. Your cat will probably come to get another treat. If the cat comes, praise them, and give them the treat. Go to another room in your house, and call your cat again. The cat will probably start to come when you call, because they know that they will be rewarded. Be sure to have a treat on hand every time you call your cat. If you don't reward your cat each time, they may decide that there is no point in coming.
If you just got your cat, keep it indoors. This will give it time to adjust to you, causing the cat to be less likely to run away. Also keep kittens indoors, as they are more likely to run into the street than older cats.
Once your cat has lived with you for a few months, and you know that both you and the cat are ready for the transition, open your door to the outdoors.
At first the cat will probably be reluctant to go out, unless he/she was an outdoor cat at a previous home. If your cat doesn't want to go, put some of the cat's favorite food outside, or call the cat with a treat. Don't be too hard on the cat. If it doesn't want to go out, don't force it to. The cat may have bad memories of something associated with the outdoors. Once the cat is outside, let him/her explore a little. They may want to stay in the same spot, while they also might do the opposite, and run off. To prevent your cat from running off, consider using a leash the first time you are letting your cat out.
In the beginning, keep your cat's outdoor sessions short. You may also want to supervise your cats first outdoor sessions so that you know how the cat acts outside. Increase the length of the sessions over time, and your cat will probably begin to love the world of the outdoors. At first it seemed that Wessie would never like the outdoors, but soon he almost never wanted to go inside!