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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-29-2010, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Newly adopted stray kitten too scared to go outside...

Hello there - we have recently adopted a stray kitten (according to the vet she's just under a year old) and we've literally only just finished getting our other cat (of 10 months) to go outside to do her toilet business because we really don't have anywhere appropriate for a litter tray in our small house but now our stray so hates to go outside (possibly because of bad memories and associations) Does anyone have any tips to get her used to being outdoors again? Thanks :) x
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-29-2010, 11:24 AM
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You new cat does have bad memories and knows the dangers of outdoors. Surely you can find some place for a litter pan? A friend who had a small apt. kept her cat's litter pan in the bathroom under a small table that was covered with a cloth. The litter pan was out of sight and the cat had no problem going under the cloth to use it.
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Oh we do have one for her and it's not really a problem to keep it whilst she needs it but ideally it would be good if she learn to go outdoors eventually and i'd like to teach her that going outdoors is fun as we have a cat friendly garden and our other cat has a lot of fun out there...
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If this is the kitty who is sick, you shouldn't be encouraging her to go out at all.
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We've had an all clear from the vet today that it's a virus that we have meds for (thankfully!) And we're not going to send her out whilst she's sick or against her will obviously it's just that we want to teach her not to be afraid of outside as it's a shame for a young kitty to not be out in the fresh air and playing!


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There are countless threads here about inside vs outside. I encourage you to search and read them before you decide what to teach her. I personally wouldn't let my cat outside no matter how inconvenient it is for me. Better that than a potential injury/death from outside dangers such as cars, other cats, dogs, people who hate cats, neighbors who'll resent your cat taking a toilet break in their garden, the list goes on....

If you do want them outside, then you might consider one of those outdoor enclosures so you have some measure of control against them increasing their territory outside your property.

Sorry to sound alarmist, but there's not really any nice way of outlining the potential dangers convincingly.
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Just a reminder, in other countries, inside/outside cats are the norm. Some adoption agencies won't even let you have cats if you're going to keep them 100% inside.

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Which is why I mentioned outdoor enclosures as an idea.

Anyways, this seems like a moot point if it's a difference in cultures. It'll likely degenerate into endless back and forth verbal volleys much like the raw diet vs commercial foods or the declawing issue. I'll refrain from addressing this issue from hereforth.
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I didn't mean to hurt anyone's feelings, it's just that some people get upset when they read how horrible it is to let your cats outside, when it's normal where they live. Sorry.

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I understand. No hard feelings, Marie.
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