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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-04-2013, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Outdoor cats: training them to stay in at night

I was having success at keeping my cats in at night but as the weather gets a little warmer, I am losing the battle. They come home but until they do, I worry. Unfortunately they aren't coming when I call them and I can't be yelling too loud at night.
Right now they eat 5PM and then went out for a couple of hours and came back. Now they seem to be sleeping and hanging around after dinner but want to go out later. It is hard to take. I try to play but it ends up in pacing, meowing, one bullying the other. Finally they go down for the night but I am not happy with all this.
Anyone have any success with training indoor at night?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-05-2013, 09:05 AM
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I have never had luck with inside/outside cats. They either want all of one or the other on their terms. Especially with the warmer weather coming and the critters coming out at night, they may want to stay out all night just because it is so entertaining for them! My neighbor's cat had a terrible encounter with a fox and to this day will not leave the house. She knows where she is safe.

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None of mine stay out at night. Even my semi feral who is out much more than any other comes when called (or actually when whistled). Once she comes in for an evening meal, I simply don't let her back out until it is light the next day. This is as much for the safety of other animals (especially when there are young birds about) as for her benefit. I'm not claiming that she has never managed to stay out over-night but it is rare and has got less and less over the years.
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