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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-05-2005, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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transition cats from indoor to out?

Hi! I'm thinking of letting my cats out overnight and when we're not home. They've always been indoors and we've just started experimenting with letting them in and out. Has anyone ever made the change to have them more out than in?

Was is terrible? Did they cry at the door to be let in all the time?

I just remember what a terrible, long process it was to keep them out of the bedroom at night . . . they would cry for a long time and my husband had to keep me patient with the process, saying I couldn't give in to them all the time. Naturally, I was like, "WHY NOT!"

Bet he can't wait for us to have human children!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-05-2005, 10:58 AM
 
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I am just wondering why you would want to let your cats out at night?

I don't think many of us on here will be of much help as most of us would only have experienced making an outdoor cat indoors not the other way around.
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Well, I've developed a skin allergy to them and I'm looking for a way to keep them with me and not be a slave to meds or creams. My doctor suggested that I "just get rid of them."

I'm wondering if I just limit their indoor time if that will help. I only seem to get really itchy and, ahem "rashy" , when they've been sleeping in and rolling around on the bed, my clothes, or the furniture.

I'm not banishing them or anything, just trying to live with them!
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-05-2005, 11:28 AM
 
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My sister has really bad allergies to cats but is usually ok with mine because they are completely indoor and I bathe them once a month. She finds that cats that go outdoors tend to make her allergies alot worse because they pick up so much more being outside.

Before leaving them outside where they could be harmed... try to use products to keep them off your bed and furniture... and leave throws on them when you are not around just in case so you can pull the throw off and use the furniture yourself without worrying.
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I'll try bathing them and using throws first. I've been using wipes on them, but it may not be enough. And I should keep them out of my bedroom all the time if I'm going to try keeping them inside.

Thanks for your suggestions, I do know there are a lot of people living with cats & allergies!

And I don't want them to come to harm, I worry when they're outside!
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Maybe you could get a second opinion from another doctor? I know one of my old roomates was EXTERMELY allergic like if my cat just scratched her slightly by accident she would immediately get infected and break out with a rash in that spot. She started to take some sort of pill medication and then never had a problem.

I think Bathing helps a LOT because my mom and I are very sensitve to dust and dander and sneeze a lot but with regular bathing on my cat it's not so bad.
GOOD LUCK!
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Yeah, didn't that "medical advice" sound a little like a cop-out! I've just been thinking about how to get them in a bath. I've heard about "cat bags" that are mesh to protect everyone involved in cat bathing. Anyone tried these?
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I've never heard of that cat bag but I would be scared to put my cat in a bag. My mom and I tag team him. I'll hold him down while mom washes him. We also try to trim his nails before hand. DOUBLE WHAMMY! poor poor guy........

Could you try a Harness with a short leash?
Oh and try to dry them off as best as you can so they don't catch a cold. Sometimes we'll put towels in the dryer so that they'll be warm right when he comes out.
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Most of us on the board would be concerned to let your cats outside since the life span of outdoor cats is only a couple years. There are just too many ways for them to loose their life out there. so many crewl ways to die out there.

I know my sons girlfriend took a medicine for her cat alergies. Now she doesnt have to take it. She doesnt react around the cats anymore. Id find a specialist.. sounds like this doctor is suspect! Not giving you any options.

Get a good vacume too. That might help with the cat hair dander problem. Along with the bathing.
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If you are not used to bathing your cat... perhaps bring them to a pet spa to get them bathed. When we first got Scully last year we brought him a few times to be bathed and clipped by professionals because he wasn't used to it. (he badly needed a bath and he had so many matts that had to be cut out and kept squirming when i did them and I was afraid of cutting him).

Its not very expensive... I paid $35 CAD (inc tax) last time to have him bathed, dematted, fur cut and claws clipped... and when the groomer bathes them I find it lasts longer than when I do it.
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