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« on: February 17, 2011, 10:16:20 AM »

Please feel free to move this to appropriate thread...do you guys recommend taking cat outside w/you in yard in cages?  I've ready good things...i could eventually build a cat boardwalk from kitchen window but that won't be for a while...and the cage would come in handy for socializing ferals or adopting.  Do you recommend having a cage for those or other situations?  I'm finding a great price on Amazon and really don't want to borrow others' anymore.  thanks
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2011, 01:23:22 PM »

I've just trained mine to stick around when I'm outside. Maybe you can start off with a kennel and then, once they've seen what outside looks like and get used to that, they can graduate to a harness and leash and then to maybe no harness or leash. It really depends on the cat. Mine stick close by me and I never leave them outside on their own - even in the back yard.

I don't like the idea of someone being able to just cart them off in a cage if they wanted to. People would have a hard time catching them if they don't want to go with a stranger -- at least they could run if they needed to. Of course, if you're always with them, then no problem with the cage. Our city allows pets not on a leash to be 6 feet off the owner's property, legally, before anyone can file a complaint. My kitties know that once they have crossed that threshold, they immediately go back in the house. My back yard is entirely fenced and they don't try jumping or climbing it.
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2011, 08:07:23 PM »

Since your going to be w/your cat and they can see you while in the cage that should be great for the kitty to get some fresh air and a lil sunshine too.
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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2011, 12:16:12 PM »

Thanks for the tips...i wonder if Marco would stay close by me...and a friend told me also to try the harness and leash first.  That will be some work, but once he associates it with going outside, i think he'll adapt. (if i didn't mention it, he was feral when i rescued him at 2 months).  Wondering if i could still train a once-feral cat to stay? All of fence is not high enough to protect him. I decided on a much less expensive mesh playpen that got great review; hope i get some use out of it.  I had thought about walking him but rarely have time after work and commuting.
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2011, 01:41:22 PM »

iowahawkeye, I have a play pen and it's a great thing.  my kitten associates it as her space, for her toys and to play in and around.  It has withstood her using it as a trampoline and a toy moonbounce just fine.  Although after all the jumping off the tree onto the top, the mesh on top is starting to show some sagging.   Tongue  Fortunately, with this playpen, you can unzip the top.
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2011, 04:18:57 PM »

iowahawkeye,
I don't think it would be wise to trust your kitty to just "stay" by your side outside,especially one that was a feral. If he sees a bird or rabbit or another animal, off he will go, believe me! And, you will probably be no match to catch him.  An enclosure of some type sounds like a good idea if you just want him to get some fresh air. I personally have never found it a necessity to let my cats outside at all, but that's me.  Indoor cats become accustomed to being indoors and after a time don't even try to get outside, although I have still taken precautions to make sure that they didn't get out.  Once they go outside, IMO, it gets harder to make sure they don't try to get out.  A window with screen serves to allow them to look outside and get some fresh air.  Also, I have never had fleas or ticks to worry about because there is little possibility for them to pick them up from being outside.  It's not a 100% guarantee, but it has worked here.
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2011, 05:51:53 PM »

I have to agree, a former feral will not stay in the yard unconfined. I tried this with my 2 former ferals & although at 1st they would stay inside the fence, it only lasted a month or 2. Even though the fence is high, they climb over it. Luckily I live on a cul de sac at the end of a long rural road & back onto the woods. I still worry, but keeping Punkin in was out of the question. He just sprayed on all the furniture. Oreo was younger but its impossible to keep 1 in & let 1 out. Any new cats I get after these will hopefully be inside only except for safe cat enclosures.
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