How to Satisfy Your Kitty's Demand to Go Outside
Do you have one of those cats that absolutely insists on going outside -
despite your best efforts with cat trees, toys, and everything else you
can think of?
You can safely let your cat outdoors ... well, at least enough
so that kitty thinks she's wild and free. :-)
Build an escape-proof enclosure. This means the enclosure must be
contained on all four sides and on top as well. Your cat should not
be able to jump, squeeze through, escape, or injure itself in any way.
Consider constructing a cat door for free access to the outdoor enclosure.
If you can, you may want to build a cat door and connect a special little
runway for your kitty that goes straight to his or her outdoor enclosure.
That will save you from listening to the plaintive yowls of your cat, asking
to go outside!
Or take kitty out on a harness and leash. Some cats enjoy prowling
outside on a harness. If you choose this option, your kitty still needs
supervision: cats are clever little escape artists and may attempt to
free themselves from the harness. They may also catch the leash on something
and get stuck. Plus keep in mind that kitty can't protect herself from other
animals if she's leashed!
It is so very important to
keep your cat
indoors (or protected outdoors, as explained above) that I just can't
emphasize it enough. All too often we hear tragic stories about the beloved
family cat that disappeared or was struck by a car. Don't let that happen to
your own feline friend!
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