Letting cat outside (1st floor apartment)

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  1. Beryl1

    Beryl1 PetForums Junior

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    Hello everyone

    We live in a 1st floor apartment and would love to let Beryl out, but have some concerns. I've been letting her out into the communal hallway and she really enjoyed exploring! The main issues are:

    * There are no cat flaps, so it's goes flat -> hallway -> stairs -> outside
    * No way for Beryl to get back in
    * Is she going to end up begging to be let out all the time

    We're quite happy letting her out, but recently she's been meowing / scratching at the door all night, which is quite frustrating as it's keeping us up. I was tempted to let her out into the hallway for a bit, but obviously I don't want her meowing and waking people up in the middle of the night outside their front doors!

    Any tips / opinions? I'm guessing this isn't that uncommon!

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  2. Taylorbaby

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    id keep her i, is she spayed yet? she souldnt go out until about a month after this, whats the point in letting hert in a hallway? say she uses it as a toilet...? say someone opens the door and she legs it & cant get back in?
    letting her out more will = her wanting to go out more, personally id just keep her in, get lost of cat posts and toys! :)
     
  3. Beryl1

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    Yes, she has been spayed and has all of her vaccinations (2-3 months ago).

    She ran out of a couple of times when we opened the door, plus she really seems to enjoy it (purring loads!).

    I don't leave her in the hallway, and that was never an option. The main reason I'm posting this is because she's meowing at the front door a lot or staring out the window and I feel she'd really enjoy it outside.

    She has plenty of toys and we play with her loads too.
     
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    I am with T.B. on this.It is not an ideal situation for an outdoor cat.Cats do very well as indoor cats,they dont know what"outside" is until they start to exlpore so they cant miss what they havnt had.Cats are naturally curious,so looking out the window is just the same as sitting on the "wrong"side of a closed door,They want to be on the other side .Unless you can provide her with safe access to and from outside world I would just keep her in.
     
  5. GreyHare

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    I think a lot of people confuse cats staring out the window as a want/need to go out but mine use the window like a giant telly they love watching the birds on the bird table, but mine are indoor cats and they show no desire to go out. Also cats being cats they are curious creatures and they always want to know what is on the other side of the door, I wouldn't be happy letting letting the cat out when she has no direct access back to your door/flat plus she is beautiful and unusual (ia she a pedigree) and it would worry that someone could steal her.
     
  6. Beryl1

    Beryl1 PetForums Junior

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    I can see where you are coming from.

    On a side note, any tips for stopping her meowing at the front door in the middle of the night?

    I've tried putting a scratch post in front of the door, with no luck. She'll stop for a bit and as soon as I fall back to sleep, it starts again.
     
  7. Beryl1

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    She's isn't pedigree as far as I'm aware, we bought Beryl from a local family :cool:
     
  8. GreyHare

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    Beryl is a beautiful moggy but I would still keep her in, could you put a laundy bin or a box in front of the door to stop the scratching habit at night.
     
  9. the melster

    the melster PetForums Senior

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    I have the same problem. We re-homed Tabatha who will not go outside and we keep her as a house cat. She sits behind the door and flicks the draft excluder and will leg it into the hall at every opportunity. The thing is Tabatha doesn't distinguish between our flat and the hall. To her it is just another room which she is not allowed in and we all know about shutting doors on cats :eek: It looks like she is always trying to escape but she isn't.

    I would personally not let her out because it is not something you can undo afterwards. You may get complaints from other residents and she might scratch up at peoples doors. If you lived in a ground floor apartment where they could come and go through the window that would be different.
     
  10. alisondalziel

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    I would also keep her in, i personally don't think it's safe outside for pets.

    Have you considered getting her a friend, that might settle her. :)
     

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