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Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Maiisiku, Jun 2, 2010.


  1. Maiisiku

    Maiisiku Banned

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    Well after Bailey showing so much interest in outside the past 2 months and trying to get out the door I decided to pop her collar on and let her have a try. She went out sniffed around rolled on the floor and stayed near me. I then picked her up and brought her back in.

    My main concern is the area I live in. We do live 5 min walk from the off flow to get onto the M4 so it's a dangerous area. Also there are other cats I know I have heard them fighting at night. Also because Bailey is a rare moggy I'm really worried someone might pinch her as a lot of cats do get stolen in my area.

    Do you think it would be cruel of me to give her limited garden access via a harness? I could attach the harness to something and let her have a few hours in the garden. I'd love to cat proof my garden but we are rented and it's too expensive to spend on a rented house.

    Also my nerves won't hold up I'll probably be crying and stressing out if she wasn't in at night. I don't want to compleatly deprive her because she obviously wants to try it and didn't until now.
     
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  2. Miss.PuddyCat

    Miss.PuddyCat PetForums VIP

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    I dont think it would unfair. I used to do this with Decker (Horris and Soda cant be trusted) but our backyard is not completly inclosed and we have had near run ins with dogs so I have stopped the outings. Decker and the others do get to go out on the back deck for a bit of fresh air.

    Decker loved it, smelling grass and trees.
     
  3. sequeena

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    Based on where you live and the other cats about I would keep her in.

    Yes you can pop her on a harness, I do this with Cotton (or rather did). You can also build an enclosure (which can be taken down as I know you rent) or when you move and you still want to keep her in but allow her in the garden you can cat proof your garden :)

    My mum has a mixture of indoor/outdoor cats but after our whiskey was mauled by foxes the outdoor cats are in by 2pm (they come back and forth for food etc).
     
  4. Janee

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    You have risk assessed and you feel that the dangers outweigh her being an outdoor cat without restrictions - which is absolutely fine.

    You can therefore think of alternatives that give your cat a chance to experience the outside safely.

    Have you thought of a run? if you or a friend are good at diy then these can be quite inexpensive. If you rent then probably you may need permission, but it can be a temporary construction which you could take down on leaving with no damage.
     
  5. Maiisiku

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    If we wern't moving next year I would ask the landlord if I could mesh the lean-to but I don't think he'd be happy about it. I think it will have to be supervised on a harness if we are going to let her out. There is a cat over the fence which comes into our garden and another cat around that fights him. Most of our garden is taken up by a lean to conservatory so there is no room for a run.

    I get paid tomorrow so I'm going to order a harness and then we can take her out whenever we go out.
     
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