You are very fortunate...... All but two of our cats rush out the
door at every opportunity.  We have 14 cats and they were all rescued
outside cats, and love it out there.  Only two of them never try to
get out, but there is no way we can stop the others. We are too old 
at ages 77 & 88 and they are much faster than we are!  Fortunately 
we live on a dead end road in the woods with no traffic, so they are 
quite safe. They are unbelievably good about coming in before dark 
in case any predators are lurking. This compromise of indoor/outdoor
works for us, but I think it all depends on where you live as to 
whether your cats can go outside.


On 10-20, Bonnie Hogue wrote:
> My experience:
> Started Stormy at 12 weeks as being "indoor only."  She will occasionally 
> sneak out, only to go directly under the deck.  Some adventure!  After 15 
> min. she's ready to come in.  She's 14 yrs. old now.
> Will, likewise, found as tiny kitten, bottle fed, indoor only. 
> He's never offered to sneak out.
> Miya Chan, once feral, had a litter of kittens at the creek and was the 
> last one caught.  She got out once but when I called her in at 3 a.m. she 
> came home.  I think she was just very frightened and hiding.  Never offers 
> to rush the door.
> Right now I'm working with Lucky, my mom's formerly feral cat.  He
> is having some difficulties adjusting.  The Feliway spray helps,
> but is very expensive.  Lately I notice he's peeing on the bed
> (yuk).  We're going to the vet today to rule out a urinary tract
> infection.  I hope it is not behavioral, because then I'm stumped. 
> Not wealthy and can't let the cat ruin what furniture I do have.
> I think the cold turkey thing is the way.  In my experience, time and 
> attention tame them.
> Bonnie

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