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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-26-2011, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hi! 1st time cat owner... I know NOTHING!

Hello!

Three weeks ago I found a stray cat (unfortunately common in Detroit) He is super affectionate and we decided to keep him, he's great.

What concerns me is that he sits by the door meowing, meowing, MEOWING, sometimes a LOT. The rest of the time he's purring, playing with me, or kneading my leg to death but I'm worried he's unhappy or something's wrong. It started a week before we got him neutered Thurs. and hasn't slowed since. He gets plenty of food, love, and exercise.. at least I thought...

Is this normal when a cat goes from complete freedom to being a house cat (especially since our house is, well, "quaint") Or is it b/c he wasn't neutered until he was a year old? Or is he just mouthy? Or *gulp* am I a total scumbag and making him miserable by keeping him cooped up?

Any ideas why and what to do about it?

*I know I'm a dummy but I'm trying.. Please don't hate me!
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-26-2011, 09:23 PM
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Hi and welcome to the forum! It sounds like he has an outgoing personality. I sure hope people will help you..
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-26-2011, 09:23 PM
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Does he have spot where he can look out the window? It may take a little time for him to become used to being an inside cat, but it will happen. Is he using the litter box all the time? If he is, that's a good sign.

It's great that you took him in and gave him a good home.

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Hi and welcome! I agree with Marie...he'll settle down once he's used to being inside. When he's meowing to go out, I'd distract him with a toy or something whenever you're able.
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Oh, good for you for taking him in and getting him neutered and giving him a safe indoor life.

Many cats live their entire lives indoors. I have shelves and furniture near the windows for them to look outside and sleep in the sun. He will settle down. You aren't being mean, just a responsible caring friend.
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I'm sure he'll adjust. You've been given good advice, and if he's using the box you're probably on the right path.

Is he trying to dart out the door? If you really wanted, you could try harnass training him (inside first) and take him out for the occasionally roll in the grass!

It sounds like so far you've gotten things all together. Great job for picking him up and caring for him!
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Hi there! Clearly not true you know NOTHING, as you knew enough to come for help to this Forum!

I agree with previous posters, he is likely just getting used to a new life as an indoor cat. That will take some adjustment, but as he learns that he has everything he needs in your "quaint" home, which is probably plenty big to be his territory, since cats also do well even in one-bedroom apartments, he should settle down. One tip is to make sure you have a lot of vertical space for him, such as a cat tree or two, a cat perch by the window, etc., as that will help satisfy his likely desire to be able to go up and down on things, may also take his mind off the front door some. My personal view is that I would not accommodate him by taking him out every now and then, since in that case he will always want out at odd and inconvenient times, and I think you are trying to transition him to be a happy indoor cat.

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His name is Eugenie Beanie Rybak, haha. I call him Beanie.

I hope this works.....

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OMGosh!!!

He's ADORABLE!!!!!!!!! Are you sure he's not lost? Have you taken him for a new kitty checkup yet? They can check for a microchip. He just looks too cute to have been a stray....maybe he snuck out of someone's house.

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I agree with everyone. He's just adjusting to becoming an indoor cat and thinking about the freedom he used to have....of course if he were out there in the streets again he'd be crying on the OUTSIDE of the door and thinking about the warm beds, good food and love/affection he got INSIDE. The grass is always greener.....

I also agree not to take him out in a harness just yet. If he's begging at the door I think that might make him beg more and the idea of cat trees in front of the windows and lots of places to climb/toys to play with.
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