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Introducing a cat to a new neighborhood is best done over a few weeks; keep the cat indoors for at least two weeks, preferably more; then gradually let the cat out under supervision and always before mealtime to ensure that your cat will have a desire to return to you when called. The second most common cause of missing cats has been indoor-only cats , escaping through some access accidentally left open or access unknown to the owner. The motivation to get out is often territorial or simply opportunistic. Seeing another cat or a squirrel outside the window may spur a cat to single-mindedly defend its territory.

A door accidentally left ajar may offer the indoor cat new exciting scents, too compelling to resist. But once the indoor-only cat has entered the Great Outdoors, it may panic at finding itself in foreign territory and go into a complete defensive mode by hiding from everything and anything including their owner. The fact that their pet does not come when called makes people think the cat has "run away" but actually the cat is simply too frightened to show themselves or to return home. The majority of these missing indoor cats have been the timid sort; I know of only three cases of a missing indoor cat that was a dominant personality not a bit timid.

A much smaller percentage of missing cats are sick or injured. From our human perspective, we would think a sick or injured cat would want to stay close to home. But if a cat is in a lot of pain, it may be attempting to remove itself from anything that it associates with pain. Or it may be in such pain, it fears for its life and goes into a complete cover defensive mode as a survival mechanism. It is more descriptive to say that a cat was lured by a squirrel, or chased off by a dog or some other frightening event, but then finds itself reluctant to leave the NEW territory out of fear, rather than say the cat intentionally ran away from its old territory.

What is the"homing instinct"? Homing instinct refers to the ability of an animal to perceive direction that is beyond the usual human five senses. There are two types of homing instinct: one type refers to the ability of an animal, after being moved, stolen, or lost outside their established territory, to return to their home base. Another type refers to the ability of an animal to follow their owner, when their owner has moved away and left the animal behind, called "psi trailing. Scientists in Germany and the US have tested cats to find out if they had a this first type of homing instinct, the ability to return to home base after being removed.

In the US test they sedated a bunch of cats so that the cats could not consciously remember the route by sight, sound, smell, touch or taste , drove them on a very circuitous route to a big maze and then released the awakened cats, one by one. The maze had openings in 15 degree increments. The cats were left to wander at their leisure and exit if they wanted.

More often than not, the cat exited the maze at the closest point towards their home. Older cats performed better than younger. Homing ability dropped off with distances greater than 7. One theory to explain this ability is that cats have sensitivity to the earth's magnetic field perhaps because as they age more metal is deposited in their brain. When cats had magnets attached, the homing ability was disrupted. What is "psi trailing"? Joseph Rhine of Duke University coined to refer to animals managing to locate their owners after the owner moves away and leaves the animal behind.

She is deaf now but happy and contented! We have a garden which she enjoys and is very territorial - woebetide any strange cat that wanders in! Max wasn't allowed out until we fitted a microchip recognition cat flap. I think that was probably the best present we could have ever given him. So he now he comes and goes I think an older cat he's 8 is old enough and wise enough to go out at night.

I keep my 2 year old neutered tom cat in at night and have done ever since he was allowed out. Britain's wildlife is in severe decline. Cats are natural predators and research has shown the considerable extent of their impact. They are not, however, a 'wild predator'. Their presence is entirely due to 'man', so we feel duty bound to limit the damage.

Our cat is not allowed out at night or in the early morning, specifically to limit the number of birds and mice that it kills. This 'technique' has worked successfully for three long-lived cats over a period of some 30 years. My cat only goes out at night. He has a cat flap which is always open so he can do as he wishes. I think we shouldn't stop our cats if they want to go out, we should always give them the option. I think it depends where you live, my two cats have never been out at night are in by six o'clock, use litter trays and are happy, I do like to know where they are and honestly don't think I would sleep well if they had access to the outside in the night.

My three cats recently reduced to two : , although not through traffic, are always bought in at night. I have anyway old black male Tom and fear that he can't be seen at night. A little pinch of Tuna each night ensures their sage return :. I have a 15yr old lilac point Birman called Max, he has never been allowed out when I am not at home or at night.

Partly because of traffic and the fear of somebody just lifting him and taking him away because he is just a big softie. Four yeas ago we moved to a house on the edge of the coutryside so no traffic and very few people to worry about, he still only goes out when we are at home. However 2years ago whe got a little black moggie kitten who comes and goes as she wants thru the top hopper in the bathroom window this is the right way for her as her mum was ferral and therefore Kizzy is a hunter and very capable of staying out of trouble, the only drawback is the constant mice and other little creatures that she likes to present at 5am.

We have saved many lives much to kizzy's dislike.. I have 2 cats a 9 year old female and a 1 year old tom cat. He had to be put to sleep : I now panic when my 1 year old tom is out because of what happened. My female cat is happy just to go out and sit in the garden and doesnt stray off our property any more. Both my cats are in at night as I feel they are safer inside and they are happy being in, they curl up on the bed and dont hear a peep from them til the morning. I have two black and white cats, one aged about 5 and the other about 2 they were both rescues so I'm not certain.

The younger one goes out during the day and briefly at night but goes no further than the garden. The older one likes to be out and about and is a consummate rabbit hunter, although he has more or less learned that he shouldn't bring his prey into the house. I couldn't keep him in if I tried. Of course we live in a rural area so a sensible cat is not really in danger.

I trust my older cat to go walkabout, but the younger one is a bit silly. Luckily he seems to know his limitations. So in general I'd say it depends on where you live and the characters of your cats. They are not far removed from wild animals so should be allowed to roam if that is what they wish - but don't endanger them by making them wear collars. I have a Birman, Oliver, and he has access in and out of the house through the catflap and he chooses to spend the nights asleep on my bed and the days asleep in the airing cupboard.

He only seems to want to go out during the day when it is raining or snowing! We think cats should be kept in at night. Our cat, Bingo, goes out all day and enjoys herself, then after twilight she comes in to be safe for the night. And Lil actually quite likes the midnight attacks! I have always kept my cat in at night, we live below a large nature reserve and he likes to go up there during the day, there are foxes and probably badgers in the area and although where I live is quite rural there is a road at the front of the house and traffic moves on it all through the night.

We have also had a dog fighting ring in the area who have been kidnapping cats and small dogs. He is quite happy to be in and, in fact, comes in voluntarily most nights. I got home rather late the other night and found him asleep on his bed at the top of my stairs despite the cat door being unlocked. I don't mind changing his dirt tray to keep him safe.

No - Cats should be in at night. I'd rather be woken at 4. I cannot go to bed until I know the cats are in - well one of them and the other 2 are! I wouldn't dream of letting my cat out after dark and she doesn't seem to want to be out.. I let her out in the day and she comes in and out and when I call her at dusk she is never far away. She happily chooses to sleep in the corner of my bedroom and doesn't seem to want to be out and about at night.

She was an indoor cat before I had her though so maybe that is why she is happy indoors. I have six cats of different ages, all of which stay in at night. I like to know where they are and to be able to pick up on any problems. They all learnt very quickly that night is for sleeping and daytime is for fun. One wakes about five and othe others go out about eight. I use Locator tags on them all, so I can find them quickly, I find them invaluable. We have found them in sheds and garages within a couple of hours of disappearing, which could have took us days.

I lost a cat through poisoning last year, we think she ingested something accidentally, so I am slightly paranoid about where they are. My 3yr old was a rescue cat, she was outdoor cat but I was too scared to let her out after dark due to a high number of foxes saw my neighbours tom cat being attacked by one and she is very happy to come in when I call her, curl up at the back window and then come to bed with me and sleep there til I get up and let her out first thing.

She still uses her tray but I do not mind, shes safe. The youngest being the most active will stay in from about 10 til 4, go out for an hour or so then return, our old lady who used to go out for 1 to 2 hours a night now nips out for a wee and pops herself back into bed. We have taught them both not to disturb while we are sleeping, if they try it's only with whispered miaows. He came I.


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Luckily we are rural. My 3 yr old is an outdoor cat but we keep her in at night. She doesn't like it but I can't go to bed until she's in. We live in a semi rural location and had a scary experience recently when she chased a fox out of the garden. Would be too worried to leave her out. Our cats have never been let out at night. We have seen our cats facing up to foxes on many occasions and, even in urban areas there are lots of foxes looking for food. Cats are more at risk during the night on the roads too as drivers can't see them as easily and, although there's less traffic about, we aren't willing to take the risk.

Our cat Molly is allowed out in the evening and normally saunters in around 10pm. We have a microchip operated cat flap so we can lock it at night, she can then get in but can't get out. Just as importantly, the local cats that are allowed out can't get in to eat Molly's food. They used to do that and then break the catflap trying to get out. We have had cats since about and we have always encouraged them in at night and kept them in.

We have only ever lost one cat on the road, a very young cat who strayed onto the main road when there were fields galore at the back of the house. Molly seems quite happy to snooze the night away either on her bed in the lounge, our bed or, in hot weather, on the bedroom windowsill next to the slightly open window where she can get some fresh air. We always let her out as soon as we get up in the morning and she knows that so tens not to worry us too much about it.

I have always kept all my cats in at night,my puss cat has access all day to go out via her cat flap,so she is quite happy to come in at night,she has a litter tray in the corner of the kitchen, i could not sleep at night if i did not get her in. I have two. We always live in quiet villages and lack of traffic is our first consideration. So I let mine use the catflap to come and go as they please but we are very rural.

I have had cats indoors in the past.

They were siamese and burmese and were used to leads. We took them on holiday with us as they stayed indoors unless we took them out for a walk. Horses for courses so to speak!! He seems quite happy with this set up, he has been doing it since we had him. My teenager boy of 12 months, is black, which makes him harder to see at night, he will not wear a coller, so I cannot buy a collar to be seen.

He has never been allowed out at night from a kitten, I call him every night around 8 in summer, when he comes in, he stays in until morning. I live in a small villiage which is adjacent to a well known and elite colledge, the countryside is in abundance, as is the river at the front of our property. The river was the main source of concern in the beginning, but this is not a danger now as he is riverwise. Pepper is a very handsome Lad now and I want him with me for the rest of his natural life. Even though he is into moles.

We have had our wonderful Bengal 'Tino' from 13 weeks old. In May , I sustained a spinal cord injury and our lives were turned upside down. Our new home on the 1st floor is adapted for my wheelchair and has a large balcony. Tino was an indoor cat as our old home was a flat on the Second floor. We were also advised not to let him out at all by the seller. Tino will happily sit on the balcony with us, especially when he can catch the 'rays' of sunshine and he loves to dance in the rain!

At night however, Tino shows no interest in going out, he actually gives me the famous cat 'stare' that goes right through you, if he is ready to go to bed and I'm not! Yes we get clawed, licked, purred at and jumped on in the morning as he wants his breakfast not to be let outside, however we wouldn't have it any other way. Cats are all individuals, just as we are. Tino seems to be one of those cats who wants to snuggle with us at night instead of roaming.

Yes he is spoilt, he has the Banana Leaf tree house and loves prowling on top of the kitchen cupboards and bookcases.

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My Son has exclaimed wrongly that Tino has more toys than him. He is also partial to joining in shower times in the wet room! We don't stop Tino from going out, he chooses not too. Yes naturally cats are more active at night and dusk due to hunting habits however every domestic cat our family have ever owned apart from one has always come in at night when called despite being able to get out if they wish.

I have 3 cats, 2 11year old ginger girls and a Ragdoll female aged 1. The two older cats go out through my kitchen window as and when they please. I have been told that Ragdolls really are an indoor breed. I have purchased a harness and lead and take her in the back garden occasionally. She has watched and learned how to climb up and out of the window. I wouldn't normally worry, but she has no concept of cars or outside dangers.

I looked into getting a microchip cat flap. Foolishly I assumed that it would be selective with cat entry and exit. Unfortunately, it will allow any cat out without checking for a microchip. This defeats the object of me trying to keep her inside and give the other two the freedom they have always had. I contacted the company that manufactured the cat flap. To their knowledge, there isn't a cat flap that is selective on letting cats out. Can anyone offer some advice on a solution to suit all? Thank you. I have five cats, four moggies and a Bengal.

The four moggies have always had free access to the outside through a cat flap. Last year one of our moggies came home with her front claws bleeding and a serious injury to her face. Since we had our Bengal in February this year we have completely catproofed the garden, no cats can get in and ours can't get out.

The four moggies can come and go in the garden as they please, but our Bengal only goes out when we are home, as she is still quite young. My boys are 18 months and nearly a year. They are both house cats and have never been out. Both are completely happy and content. I've had cats for the last 35 years and have lost one to RTA with another 2 being injured and one almost killed by anti freeze poisoning. In my view it is not safe to let cats roam free these days especially at night. If you have them from kittens they get used to whatever routine you wish to follow.

I get upset when some people knowingly let them out near a busy road then just replace them if they get killed! I have 2 cats, I would never stop them doing something that's in their nature. My Tom still goes out at night and my female stays asleep on our bed. I want my cats to live a long happy life not sure that's going to happen now we have puppy all fun. The cat has to wear an ID tag and you can programme the flap for each tag, ie out and in, in only, out only - perfect if you want to stop some going out while giving others free access.

There is even a timer on the flap so that it only lets them out during certain hours of the day. Our four moggies come and go as they please, our Bengal doesn't have an ID tag so can't get out unless we open the back door for her. Hope that helps. My recently acquired two and a half year old, pure white, blue-eyed cat, Freya, is totally deaf and, because of this, is never allowed out at night.

I have a rule whereby she's outside when I'm here, but inside when I'm out and the arrangement works well. Being retired, I'm here most of the time so Freya has plenty of freedom and exercise. Although the large garden is securely fenced and because of her disability, I would never risk her being out at night. We communicate with the cat "sign" language I devised and she understands when it's time to come in. She uses both the garden and indoor litter-tray. After a difficult start with her being half-feral, she has settled into a routine, sleeps on my bed, and is a very affectionate and happy cat.

I don't believe that cats should be kept out at night even though it is in their nature to roam and hunt. Although we live on a quiet street cul de sac there are still the mad drivers who think it is a short cut. I like to know where my cat is at night and he has got used to us calling him in now, in fact he often appears before we call him.

By keeping my cat in I like to think that I am helping the wild bird population,. My ragdoll likes to stroll round the back garden when I or my wife are out there. He does not like to be out alone and will follow us indoors when we go in. He has never been out at night and has never shown any inclination to do so. In the past we lost two cats through accidents which put us off having them as it's very distressing when this happens, so we then chose to have dogs.

Eventually when our last dog died, we'd had four at different times, and we were getting older, we thought we would now go without pets to avoid the distress of losing them. Guess what turned up one night, the most appealing little tortoiseshell kitten, who was brought to our house by a friend who asked if we could look after it for one night as it was suspected it was either lost or had been dumped. By the following day there was no way I was going to let it go, but having adopted it, I worried when it was out for a long time and we decided to keep her in at night.

As she's got older, she comes and goes, but seems content to only leave the house for maybe a couple of hours and then comes back. She does try to get out again and cries a bit in the evening, but not for long. She settles then most nights until morning, and as my wife is a very early riser, the cat can go out early. We adopted our son's cat also when he couldn't keep her any longer and she hardly leaves the house at all, so both of them are kept in at night. We feed them on top quality cat food, I clean their litter tray two or three times a day and they are both very happy healthy cats, in spite of being in all night.

Cats aren't stupid, and they are aware of noises that may frighten them and stay away. I have a train track 3 doors from my flat and a main road several more doors down many, so much further from the main road. I lost my first cat in the night, but she wasnt herself and to this day I don't know where she went.

She was so happy going out and distraught when she couldn't. Generally I tried to bring her in at night she had a habit of getting into fights daylight nighttime whatever but she howled to go out and always used to wake me at 5am for food. I now have two, brother and sister - he is not concerned so much with going out at night- may for a bit, but mostly dusk and dawn I think- she however has to have a way of escaping him he chases her a lot and outside is her haven. She is the most liked on the grove and clearly has a presence outside she doesn't inside - never been bitten and never shown aggressive signs- loves to be out at night so I let her and I will say cats are happiest being where they want to - their most natural.

I don't believe they should be kept in unless for a medical reason. We have 2 neutered 3 year old males, we encourage them to come in for food about half hour before sunset, this way their appetite for food gets satisfied. They are let out shortly after dawn if weather is fine, although they both love rain, they then come in via cat flap to eat dry food as they require.

There is another cat next door, who is out at night. Having seen that program about territories crossing over and cats coming to arrangements we are convinced that ours are quite happy to come in and go out working in conjunction with their neighbour. No fights happened as a result. We live on a small terrace in a fairly quite side road. Basically it all depends on your personal situation and the neighbourhood you live in. I have 2 Maine Coons. They have been injured by a fox twice.

Thankfully I am insured and Petplan paid with no fuss. Now they go out every morning and are always in by dusk. They come back on their own now. They are used to the routine. We don't live by a main road, but I think they would get brave in the night, as its quiet and go to the road, and then during the day they will go thinking it would be quiet, and probably get run over. They sleep at night, all night, and then get up for breakfast. I think this is the safest way and they seem happy with the routine.

Cats should go out. They bring me gifts all the time. Rabbits, moles, rats, mice and birds. They keep the vermin down in the allotments we back onto so everyone loves them. All my cats have lived until 19 so I'm hoping these guys will be here for a long time Lola, my Cornish Rex, stays in at night because she has thin fur and gets cold easily.

Ricco , my rescued feral cat, also stays in at night because he wants to. I think he must have been outside for years and so now only goes out when he wants to. Neither of them mind staying in. I have four cats two British Shorthairs and two Selkirk Rex, they have access to a cat proofed garden and walking outside of the house on a harness. Our last cat came back injured so never again. If you start your cats early on a harness they are fine, as with a cat proofed garden.

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They are all happy. I have three cats ages 8 months, 2 and 4 years. We are living in a rented house at the moment in between moves and we cannot put a cat flap in the house, however our landlord was more than happy for us to have one in the wooden garage door so his is what we've done. They have beds, food and water in there so have shelter if we are at work or as our four year old cat often does and wants to be out all night, she's always in there in the morning.

I personally would like them all in at night and my youngest two always are but they are cats and meant to be free and I think it's just our hang up worrying about them too much. I lost Five cats at our old cottage over the space of seven years. We lived in a very quiet village and the cats we lost on the road happened at all times of the day not just at night, cats are cats they wander and take risks we as owners have to accept that but I am the first to admit I treat mine like they are my babies!. Hmmm tricky one I've had cats for over 20 years, my beloved Max travelled the world with me, lived in many places, always had 24 hour freedom and lived to 23!

Vinnie, one of 2 CP adoptees was 12 months old when he got killed on the road at night. He was a prolific hunter day and night, his sister is a night time bed cuddler and our other 3 stay in too, aged 3, 13 and Conclusion: I really think it depends on the personality of the cat. I had 2 kittens and they suffered from narcalepsy when they had harneses on but sadly the Russian blue was killed by an hit and run driver he was only 18 month's old this was about 10 year's ago but we still have the other one and he's the biggest baby I even have 2 carry him on my shoulder as he can be very lazy or is he really shrewd the old ratbag.

I have a 9 year old domestic shorthair and a 6 month old havana, both are allowed out in the day however the domestic doesn't like to unless you are out with her she is scared of everything and anyone! The Havana does wander but always comes when you shout him. Neither go out as it starts to get dark and are quite happy sleeping on the bed. Dad had a large fenced off garden and Mudgie loved to be outside during the early morning and early evening but she never ventured out mid day or in the night. Do not know her past history but she is a very nervous cat.

Sadly Dad died just last November and Mudgie has come to live with me in a flat , It is impossible for me to let her out - she isn't really meant to be here according to the lease. But she seems very content to be an indoor cat now. I grow pots of grass seed for her to nibble on for her hair balls. I could not imagine sleeping at night worrying whether my puss was dead on the road or not. Selfish maybe but she is alive and well and seems happy. I lost my kitten last year to a road accident, so when i got the twins, i decided they were to be indoor only as i couldnt bare to go through that again!!

Sophie-Mae and Alexander are purrfectly happy being indoor only kitties and i give them everything they could possibly want or need i also spoil them all rotten!! I always aim to get my cats in at night, but on the odd occasion I have had to leave one or the other out as they have failed to respond to my calls. I cannot settle unless they are in over night and have on numerous occasions got back out of bed to see if they have returned. All my cats have come from Cats Protection and they advised to get them in over night. You can not make a cat stay in or out and there is only so much training you can do.

We have 2 males 3 yrs old. Both go out from pm. They are in when I sleep or I wont sleep our one cat has stayed out till early hrs due to the heat. We are out at work from 6am-5pm the cats are kept in the house till we arrive home. Have done that since they first went out, and trained from about 3 months old. They always come when I whistle they also check in at least once every hr if not more. Make a noise till we answer or they find us. One spends more time out than the other both of them clear 12 foot wooden fencing and both walk on our roof and other peoples.

My cat Jasper thinks he's a dog, he will only go outside on his lead and harness. He is happy to wander around the perimeter of the garden, a couple of laps and he heads back inside. He tells us when he wants his walks by pawing his lead, he's a very happy cat, nervous of noises 'outside' but not bothered about any ruckus inside. I now only have 2 cats, I had 3 until January this year when my 16 yr old had to put to sleep due to heart failure following 10 yrs suffering from hyperthyroidism, anyhow, I don't allow any of my cats out at night however, last year my 4 yr old screamed the house down one evening in may last year so we relented and let him out.

Subsequently we didn't see him for 8 days!!!! It was the worst 8 days of my life, we peppered the area with posters and this eventually paid off when we finally got a call to advise he was found. Much to our delight we collected him but he was badly injured. We can only surmise he'd been attacked by either a dog or fox to this day he still limps on one leg, needless to say the cat flap is locked by 6 pm each evening and he's learnt he doesn't go out at night now.

I have a rescued cat called Morgan he is pure white who was nearly killed by some teenagers who thought it would be fun to string him and some other cats they killed two but Morgan was saved although his voice was damaged so now he squeaks instead of meows my wife Joyce and me love him to bits he is the boss here and I let him out at night as we live in a quite street in a sheltered bungalow Brian and Joyce. I am the Caroline Baker mentioned in this article and I can fundamentally say 2 things.

Firstly I would not "own" a cat if I could not let it be a cat, i.

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Secondly I would not "own" a cat if I chose to bring it home to an unsuitable environment i. Our cats have a nice life and individual personalities but they are not human, they need to fulfill their natural instinct as cats. We love them and give them human personas and human personality traits but never forget that they are CATS. Jack was fortunate that where he lived there was someone who noticed that he was injured that was Bob and then that he was insured and Vets can work miracles these days but cats are domesticated wild animals, welcome them into your life but let them be Cats, enjoy them, not to the detriment of their nature but as an enhancement to yours.

I have a 6 year old cat called Tannie Tango. I class him as not a normal cat he has his own personality and seems that little bit different to other cats and very loving. He likes to wake me up in the morning every morning like others to go out. Various changes show that whether he will be in or out. He stays close to the house but if he wants to go out he will. He goes out the front the back and fields etc. You cannot keep a cat inside you have to let him roam free. He does go out at night and is there waiting for me in the morning. I do fear him going out at night and hope he is ok in the mornings but he knows what to do.

He is a tough cat I would say but I do worry I would never keep him in. My Dudley and Reggie stay in at night but go out all day unless they wish 2 stay in. No cats should be out at night.

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I work for Cats protection, and when homing a cat we tell the new owner to keep them in at night. Too many dangers for them outside, and a lot of poisoning going on. Thank you so much! The link works. As soon as I can return the one I purchased, I will invest in this one. Initially I didn't want to use one that required the cats to wear a collar. As there doesn't seem to be a microchip flap that meets our needs, we will invest in your suggestion. Many thanks x. I live in a big city and whilst neither of my two cats roam far I haves never risked them by letting them out at night.

Cats ars more active at night so if I did let them out they could choose to wander. I live on a very straight busy road at the bottom of a hill and they wouldn't stand a chance. Keeping them safe is more important and they can go where they like during the day as I have a cat flap. They are home every night to be fed so they can't mind too much,!

I've had 6 cats and they have been house cats. The only time they have gone outside is on a harness and lead. Sadly I only have one left now and she still only goes out when I go, minus the harness and lead. Apart from the road safety aspect, I have seen far to many cases of cruelty so I personally would never let any cat out alone. It is a shame but I feel their safety must come first. My cat is 11 years old and is a total mixture of wanting to go out and stay in. In winter he is an indoors cat but in this hot weather he is totally wanting to be out.

Kind of funny as he is missed indoors! Not so much hair around though! He chooses to be out and is a wary and clued up cat. He has lived both, in town and has enjoyed the country style freedom too - more of a hunter in the country. I feel that the natural instinct for my cat, if he wants, to go out, is to let him, as keeping him in just because "I want to" goes against his natural grain and I would feel mean to not let him expand on his natural cat-like nature.

He rules, of course but only because he tells me what he wants. I think we have an understanding after all this time. I have two Tom cats, one roams and likes to be out at night especially in the warmer months and the other doesn't, they both stay home in the winter through the night for they are not fools and the other comes in when i go to bed, he stays with me till morning.

They each have their unique behaviours and personalities, they are creatures of animal instinct and as much as i pamper and fuss, it doesnt take away their true hunter natures. They are microchipped as is the cat flap, and they come and go as please, I live in a suburb, but they stick to the gardens and never go out front to the roads thankfully. I love them for their free natures, I wouldn't keep my cats in much the same as I wouldn't cage a bird. I have feeders for the birds in the garden, keeps the cats amused but they are out of kitties reach, they have only killed mice which is no bad thing I have had cats for nearly 30 years and they have never gone out at night.

We never have a problem getting them in and as soon as they've been fed, they take themselves to their beds and we don't hear a peep out of them till the morning. I couldn't sleep at night if they weren't in. Working in veterinary practice for over 20 years, I saw first hand the consequences of cats being out after dark and they weren't pretty! Fights and RTA's seed fairly regular evening occurrences. I think if you train your cat from an early age, they are very accepting of remaining indoors overnight.

He had a ruptured eye which was removed and tore his lip and had to have his jaw pinned so had to have a feeding tube thank goodness for pet plan - it's was a terrible time. However he has now recovered and is a health 1 eyed black cat. Since this I let them out when I get up and call them in when I go to bed.

Is it a good idea to bring your pet to work?

Especially a Cash is not easy to see in the dark as he's black with 1 eye and illuminious collar! By the time he was a year old he was out, but couldn't get back in , and then he showed his sisters what to do. So, micro chip cat flap, locked at night. The noise was appalling. When shouting the odds didn't work he started demolishing the house; everything not nailed down. Tried curtailing his freedom to upper areas, but scratching doors worked a treat; the noise level at night, even with ear plugs in, ensured sleepless nights, and I tried for weeks.

OK; leave the cat flap set so the girls couldn't get out, but he could come in; no joy; they could all overcome that setting, just hook the cat flap inwards and proceed out in an orderly row, no sweat. At least that was an improvement on my last male Burmese who dismantled the cat flap with a few minutes flat and left it on the mat for me to spend an hour trying to refit. I live in a rural area, but close to a large superstore, and a busy access road to an industrial estate. I just have to pray my cats will stay safe, not just from roads, but noted rising levels of cruelty towards cats.

My son's 2 year female cat was drowned last year in a neighbours uncovered half full water butt; she fell in but couldn't climb out, and that happened during the day. In these days of conserving water more and more people are using water butts, but not covering them; please may I beg they do? Cats are cats and deserve as much freedom as we can give them. Female cats tend to stay closer to home in my experience, but all cats will have adventures, and my friendly crew are dab hands at getting shut in garages and sheds.

Still, I'd hate to see them on leads, and, without a large garden, I can't see any option other than let them be free. I have a 1 year old ginger Tom he cries all the time to go out but as we live near a busy main road and I have seen several cats get killed on the road I am very reluctant to let him out we have tries to cat proof the garden but he seems to jump all fences and and get out.

I worry no stop and seem to find myself following him Incase he goes near the main road he is not allowed out at night I would not be able to sleep unless he was safe indoors. Any ideas how I can cat proof a garden? I don't believe he should be kept in I would like him to stay in the garden safe. My four year old nephew was heartbroken! I certainly sleep sounder when I know my animals are safely downstairs sleeping. We have 2 male cats now and I have previously owned a male cat, all of whom came from the Cats Protection League. I got my first cat Harry over 20 years ago, I was advised by the CPL not to let him out at night and I have always followed that rule since.

I often hear neighbours cats fighting at night and foxes in the nearby woodland, so I am always relieved that my cats are safe indoors. They are out all day and in the summer until 8 - 9pam, by which time they are happy to come in for their evening meal and then to settle down in safety. I would never forgive myself if anything happened to them at night, when I and my husband would be totally unaware of it.

My cat Pixie has never been out at night and she never will! Her brother Treacle was tragically killed a year ago by a car in the night. Since then I have learned that most fatal car accidents for cats occur at night when they are venturing further to hunt and drivers don't see them. The roads may be quieter, but cars can come suddenly and catch a cat out. Pixie is a small and kittenish 1-year-old cat and Gracie my British Blue is a small 2 year old pedigree cat Neither of them are allowed out loose, even during the day!

We have a cat enclosure attached to our back door where they can spend time chasing insects, climbing on their wooden perches and enjoying the sunshine. Both of them are trained to walk on harnesses so I take them out for a walk around the garden when I'm at home.

They seem quite happy like this and far more owners should keep a closer eye on their cats. Jumpy my male cat does go out on his own all day, but he is very sensible and trustworthy and he loves the outdoors. He does hunt whenever he gets a chance but he HAS to be indoors by dusk or soon after, I will not rest or sleep until he is safely indoors. All my previous cats have been in at night and I did try with this one, but honestly he does not give in! He yowls at the top of his voice until everyone is awake.

So I'm afraid he does stay out and I've had to make myself not worry about him or it would drive me mad. I used to lie awake fretting if he was out and spent many nights calling and shaking the biscuit box to get him in, only for him to start yelling half an hour later and eventually had to admit defeat. It is a quiet area though. The house is in a cul de sac with no through traffic and mainly elderly residents so is very peaceful at night, and our house backs on to a bridleway and playing fields so the only real danger is foxes.

I've often seen foxes around but not in our garden so I think our cat actually keeps them away, he is a VERY feisty boy and big too. We have hens and there has been no evidence of foxes attempting access despite our proximity to open country so all in all I hope the risks are small. My present little cat was a rescue, found tangled in wire in a remote area. As a result she is terrified of the outdoors thank goodness, which helps me to keep her indoors. I rescue wild and domestic birds, and most baby wild birds are caught by cats at night or early morning.

As soon as baby birds are able to fly, they follow their parents who teach them them how to catch insects and to eat seeds. At night the parent birds tell them to hide in the bushes until the morning and so they are easy game for hunting cats. I always advise cat owners to keep their cats indoors between dusk and 10 am to give the birds a chance to find some food and gain some height. Apparently more birds are killed by cats than anything else. It is a difficult task hand-feeding and treating injured baby wild birds and there are insufficient trained people to do the work.

We have two cats. Bubbles short haired female I whistle her just before dusk and she comes in for the night. Missy male British blue tabby cross spends most of his time outside in the summer and inside during the winter. Missy would wreck the house if I didn't let him out, especially the carpets. We have provided a cat house a cat version of a dog kennel outside in the garden, and we often find him in it. Nature is what it is and I think it would be cruel to keep a cat in against its will. He looks all Birman. On first sight for his jabs the vet said "that's the sort of cat that gets stolen".

We love him dearly. He is gentle, athletic and beautiful. Why should we risk him out at night? Not to gratify some thief!

Indoor Cat Vs. Outdoor Cat?

We have had 3 cats over the 30 years we have been married. None of our cats have been allowed out at night, though all of them enjoyed going out in the day. Like other people, we would be too worried to sleep if the cats were out. I have been known to get up at 2a. We have a responsibility to care for our pets and this sometimes means doing things we know are right, even though they may be contrary to nature.

I believe keeping cats in at night is one such thing. As I write this our cat is curled up snuggly on my legs and not bothered about outside. Come 6 o'clock however it will be a different matter but a small price to pay for Cleo's safety! My beautiful cat Gracie is allowed out during the day but I always bring her in at night This can be challenging during these warm Summer nights, I've even waited up till am but it's worth it to now that she is safe and as Gracie is a rescue it's part of her contract of adoption.

During the Winter though its much easier! I have 2 boys who are nearly 3. Up to about six months ago I would get them in at night and they were happy with this. I live at the end of a road, next to a large field and hardly any traffic at night. They don't seem to venture far do we ever really know how far they go, did anyone watch the Horizon programme?

Right now, its raining, so they are in, and more than happy to be snuggled up which makes me happy. But they are cats, they want to be out. My boys love to catch moths and seem to get more exercise at night. Oh and I will be up at 4,20am in the morning when Oscar decides its time for him and his brother to play out again.

Night all :. No i think cats should be in at night,she comes and goes through the day,does,nt venture too far,also when were out, not very often as we are pensioners, shes called in. When she as months old she went missing at night,my son let her out,she was gone two weeks,it broke my heart,i love her to bits.

Our road is so busy,and there has been a few cats killed,on the road ,and also by anti freeze. She comes up to bed with us and sleeps at the bottom of the bed. Oh and I have two KatKabins for them outside. Great purchase. Bit like a dog kennel but made just for cats :. I live in a small village but the main road to town runs 4yards from my back garden.

I have had 4 cats killed on that road in the last 17 yrs. We cat proofed the garden but my turkish van got out the gate one night when we had a visitor, sadly Angel was knocked down and killed all have been knocked down at night. We currently have 3 cat one of which is 13 her sister was killed on the road, a fluffy little tabby which was knocked down and survived but had her pelvis smashed and required operations and 3 months boarding in the vet.

Our latest addition is a female turkish van that I only ltr out on a harness because it slows her down and she can't jump the high gates with it on. I would strongly advise NOT letting cats out at night as we know to our cost that cars and motor bikes also speed when it's dark and they don't stand a chance. Keep them in keep them safe. Hi Mel.

I have had to give in too. I have two boys, who up to 6 months ago, I kept in over night. But now the both of them don't let it lie until I let them out. It was very hard the first couple of weeks but know they wouldn't stop howling till I let them out. Tonight it is raining which they both hate so they are in. Very quite on a night and live next to a field. And we are here to keep our moggy's happy. The servants that we are :. I do agree! My own Cat was brought up on a farm, with loads of cats in a trailer, and really prefers to be safe, with Humans..

I do, of course, make sure that fresh air is available, but have to say that 'Indoor Cats' are often so by nature, and the rehoming authorities should respect this.. Good luck with your Cats who own you, of course, not the other way round! When i first got my cat 9 years ago she was meant to be a housecat, but frankly the yowling and screaming to get out of the house was pretty horrific. She comes and goes as she pleases now. We have another cat - three years old.

I've had them both from 10 weeks and they both love the outdoors and tend to stay out at night particularly when the weather is hottest. At one point when i kept them in the elder cat got very stressed, lost appetite and lost weight so it really was not worth it to see her so upset. I recently moved and my partner was adamant that our new home had to be in a residential area so the cats would feel safer - we find that they stay in the garden of the property and really don't wander too far.

Incidentally both my cats are micro chipped, insured and wear collars as i think it's important that at first glance it is obvious they are domestic and not feral. I always use the pull clip rather than elasticated buckle and i think this has saved my cats on several occasions as i have replaced collars about twice a year! Really sorry to hear about the cat who unfortunately hanged themselves and i hope the owners are doing ok losing a pet is pretty rough.


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My cat was previously permanently shut out by her owner and left to fend for herself and ended up in a terrible state. We live on a busy main road and so I don't let her out. She shows very little desire to go out, only if we are pottering around in the garden. She spends a lot of her time in the conservatory. She seems very contented. Our vet suggested that when cats are abandoned, they sometimes don't want to leave a subsequent good home in case they are not allowed back in.

This seems to be the case with our girl. A little less than a year before this, we had moved from a highly built up estate in Kent to the rural beauty of the Fens in East Anglia — our dream home. We chose it carefully with Pippa in mind. We have an enormous garden with nothing but fields as far as the eye can see out the back. All her life, Pippa had been used to our postage-stamp-size back garden in Kent and would always come in when called. Having had cats most of my life, I have known the horror of losing some to roads, and could never sleep unless my cats were in at night.

Since my health has kept me housebound and, as I have never been healthy enough to have children, Pippa became my world. She was my constant companion, following me from room to room whenever I went. I could hold a two way conversation with her, she was so talkative, intelligent and interactive! At 6am I woke and went to call for her. I got my husband out of bed and we searched for her everywhere. I believe she had heard me call and was making her way back across the road to me when she was hit.

I think it was the first time she had ventured out the front as she had always come from the back garden when called in previously. She had very little outward sign of injury, just a graze to her bottom lip and one dew claw ripped backwards. My husband carried her back to me at home and I held for the rest of that day. I even carried her to the toilet when I needed to go. I first held Pippa at a few days old and I was compelled to be with her until I felt that she was ready to be laid to rest.

The next morning we buried her at the top of our garden under the bush she had taken to laying under. We have had automated solid gates installed at the top of our driveway and planted fast growing hedges all around the edge of the front garden to discourage them jumping over the 1m high fence should they accidentally get out the front. Around the top of the entire fenced area we have installed a rotating pole system called Katzecure so that should they manage to get to the top of the fence, it will roll and drop them back down in our garden.

This will also discourage other cats getting into our garden. We will keep the tips of their claws trimmed so as to add another level of protection against them getting easy purchase on the wooden fencing. A metal grill gate separates our back garden from the front. The kittens have still not yet been allowed out as we have yet to put the finishing touches to this cat proofing, but once it is done, we will start taking them out, firstly on harness and lead till they are accustomed to going out with us and coming in when called.

We will invest a lot of time in training them and observing their behaviour and any escape attempts until we allow them out unsupervised. It looks wonderful as we have painted the wooden poles to match our fence, but that is a huge amount of money. What price can you put on that? I did not even know it was possible to cat proof a garden until I lost Pippa and to this day I still feel guilty that I did not protect her as I could have done. It would not occur to most to let a dog wander unattended along a road, so why do so many UK cat owners think it is a good idea?

Yes, cats like to roam at night but that little bit of freedom is just too great a risk, even in quiet rural areas. It IS possible to train a cat to a harness, and it IS possible to make an outdoor space safe for them to use unsupervised and I believe that if you have the wherewithal to do so, that is what every cat owner should attempt do. You also stand a greater chance of your cat being disinclined to roam if it is kept in until 1 year old.

This is worth considering when getting a kitten. Currently we can leave our doors open and our kits, Milo and Mimi who have just turned 1 year old, simply sit there staring out.

Debate: should cats be allowed out at night?

There are just too many cars going too fast nowadays and the odds are too stacked against our feline friends. I think she was hanging around to make sure I was OK till she felt she could be at peace. When the kittens finally go out, I will take them up to the top of the garden to meet her. I guess so ;o. I'm so so sorry for your loss but you should always use a quick release collar. I foster animals and have had a little one that got her collar stuck under her front leg. She was taken into the vets with a chest that had no hair or skin on and looked like a chicken fillet.

It's not a freak accident and happens a lot, please never use a flea collar as well. They don't work. Use only flea products that you can get from a vet. You can buy them off the internet loads cheaper. Please look it up on the internet about flea collars and certain spot on stuff bought in shops as I can't put the details on here but they can be the cause of fits and death in cats.

I have a 9 month old Persian who loves being out in my secure garden but he is always inside at night and when I am out during the day. I have always owned Persians and kept them securely inside during the dark hours.