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Raising Cats to Live Partially Outdoors

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Many cats live where they are able to be in and outside, but it helps to keep track where they are doing their duty. This is a guide about raising cats to live partially outdoors.
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February 16, 2015

My kitty runs in and out of the house so much, and falls deeply asleep while in the house so she doesn't always hear my calling for her. I made an IN and OUT sign to remember where my kitty is!

I just printed two pics of her (one IN the house and one OUT, obviously), added some text, looped a piece of yarn between them and glued them together. It hangs on a hook by my back door. I flip it when she comes in or out.

You could also do this for laundry or dishes in the washers or not or anything else you might need to remind yourself of.

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December 1, 2015

If you plan on having a pet cat and want it to be an outdoors cat, be prepared for it to come scratched or harmed by other cats. You should have a first aid kit for just in case because your cat is bound to get into some trouble.

Do not forget to bathe it. Some people believe cats bathe themselves but outdoor cats could play in the dirt and contract fleas, so please bathe it.

Source: a book

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June 17, 20110 found this helpful

When is it safe to remove the litter tray from my house? I have two 6 month old kittens. They go to the toilet outside, and have been for a while. They meow at the door to go out, but they are still in at night time. I wonder if they will hold on till morning or not. They have never soiled on the floors inside and have always gone in the litter box. Thanks.

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June 17, 20110 found this helpful

Why do you want to get rid of the litter box? If they're spending the night inside, it seems you wouldn't want to risk not having a box around. Having to hold it until they get an opportunity to go outside isn't good for them.

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June 20, 20110 found this helpful

In my experience with cats, they love to see a litterbox, even if it is not used. Mine is rarely used but I keep it there, nevertheless. I would keep it in the house somewhere, just for them in case of emergency. You don't want to take a chance on starting bad habits. I am not sure if they would hold it or not. I have outside/inside cats also but I would not expect them to wait to go to the litterbox, the way my dogs wait, and as it is, I let them out every time I get up at night anyway, which is quite a bit!

I say keep the litterbox even if you have to move it to a place where it is not so visible. It is the kinder thing to do for them in my opinion. :)

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June 20, 20110 found this helpful

I wouldn't try going without the box. If they use it only at night you might have a couple of confused kitties, and you would defently regret it.

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