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My 9 month olds are rather cowardly these days. Bless them. LOL. I live in the city, so cant let them outdoors until i bring them to my mother's house in the country every two weeks or so; she has a lovely big garden. Now, they both started off there, when i first brought them home, for a bout three months, they seemed fine, loved going out in the garden. Since they've been city dwellers in my new apartment, it's like they've gotten acclimatised and used to be indoor cats. It's rather interesting to observe how adaptable cats can be. So nowadays when i bring them to my mother's house, they stay indoors most the time, unless I'M outdoors in which case they'll follow me like little over-dependent babies. LOL. It's a little irritating since i want them to enjoy the outdoors whilst their there.

Is this normal? Do they really adapt so quickly and rigidly to indoor living? I want them to be feisty, and know how to protect themselves against other cats. My mother's neighbour's cat now considers my mother's garden as IT'S territory, and i've caught my cats cowering and running away from it. LOL. It's a weird situation...
 

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Amelia - just so you are informed - I had an indoor cat that wanted to be outside so badly that I allowed him. He was a big cat, weighed about 15 pounds, and seemed to be able to hold his own. He was only outdoors for about 4 or 5 months when he got sick. I hadn't stopped and thought about his vaccinations not being up to date when I let him out and he got Feline Lukemia and Feline AIDS in a matter of weeks. I had to have him put down because there was nothing they could do for him. I still mourn him and wish I had just left him inside.

I have two cats now that are very curious about outside but I won't allow them to go out for this reason. The vet said my cat probably contracted the diseases from sniffing and etc another cat's butt.

Just make sure your vaccinations are current.
Hi. Yep, they've had their vaccinations and are due their next boost in around four months. We had a persian full breed who lived indoors and yet went outdoors everyday for 15 years, which is when he died. As long as I vaccinate them, It's likely to be ok, but thanks for the reminder, it's good that i don't get complacent.

As for everyone else, they are mostly indoor cats, about 90 percent of the time, I just don't want them to go stir crazy inside, so I give them some free reign every once in a while. I don't believe in exclusive indoor living for animals.
 

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Expecting cats to be happy as house cats for two weeks and then turn into indoor/outdoor cats for the weekend, in a strange territory that has already been claimed by another cat, then to easily revert back to being house cats for the next two weeks is quite unrealistic imo. I suggest you allow your cats to be as they wish to be and stop projecting your desires onto them.

Well, ok. I understand that. So for an update, i'm fine with them and their quirks now, i understand they know what is best for them. Like just now, I'm in the city, i left the apartment and they went running out the door so i said, fine, clearly they want out. Did my shopping errands which took about 10 mins, got back to my front door and there they were, waiting to be let back in. LOL. They are indeed, indoor cats these days, with the odd excursion into the 'wild'. I think they'll be happy with that. :)
 
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