suggestion on converting an outdoor cat to an indoor cat
Posted 05 September 2012 - 08:52 PM
i won't keep it as an outdoor cat.
girl at work suggested finding where it's been going and bringing a sample home.
the only thing i can think of is some type of quarantine - no options situation.
Posted 05 September 2012 - 08:57 PM
But, yeah, putting it in the box and scratching around a little is always the first step. Most cats are smart enough that they just get it, but if this has been an exclusively outdoor cat, then maybe it needs some coaching.
Posted 05 September 2012 - 11:25 PM
I tried it a couple of times and gave up, those bastards sat at my door meowing all night to go out, then to come in, then to go out......... It's not worth alcoholism and mental issues IMO, send the cat packing and start fresh.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 02:28 PM
so this morning i go to set up a barrier so the cat couldn't stay in the living area, didn't want any part of that - kept thorwing itself at the thing until it gave way - only to bolt outside when i went to leave.
the cat lady suggested keeping it in a dog pen until it figured out the whole box thing - wtf does everyonehove a spare dog pen laying around ?
anywho i think i've got something figured out, but if that lil f'r would just use the damn box, he'd get free run of the place.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 06:41 PM
Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:55 PM
does this mean you are keeping him, dave?
if you can put something he can hang out on next to a window, so he can look outside and sunbathe, he would probably like that
they sell little hammocks that you can attach to the sill but just a chair and a pillow or towel works, too
maybe put some catnip nearby to encourage him to use it
if you have any kitty-poppa questions, post em and we can help!
Posted 21 September 2012 - 03:28 PM
might be having some upper GI issues, but since i have no idea what his diet was - garbage/dry food/critters ?- hopefully they are just related to changes.
since he was out for so long, i was planning to go to the vet anyway - so i'll just move up the plan.
for now he had to go back into segregation -
Posted 22 September 2012 - 09:31 PM
and def, the transition from free-range food to other food can make them pukey...
also, if he sheds a lot, he can get hairballs from grooming which end up being puke torpedos
is he showing you affection yet?
i wanna see more pics
Posted 23 September 2012 - 01:26 AM
Doesn't someone sell a converter for that?
that was my first thought
the second thought I had was that he needs some cool places to hang out, but apparently he found it.
There's this pretty cool show on Animal Planet called "My Cat From Hell." It's very interesting and informative... this cat behaviorist goes and helps people with their misbehaving cats.
Basically, cats just need lots of places to climb and hide and they like looking out the window.
If you play with the cat, you might see him more often. You could get one of those feather things on a string, or a laser... but I have mixed feelings on the laser. They love it but maybe a little too much. They seem to look for it long after you stop shining it... makes you feel bad.
I give mine catnip a lot... but for medical reasons
Oh and don't forget something to scratch on... otherwise it'll be something you love. They need to scratch for their nails.
Posted 23 September 2012 - 04:35 PM
since day one - no problems petting, really likes getting brushed - not shedding, scrathes under the chin.
took to the scrathing post thing, chases the toys i put some treats in, has 2 wondow sills for looking out.
i also leave some treats on top of on old chest, on top of the scratch post or one of his hiding places.
not many just one or 2of those temptation things.
will be making vet appt tomorrow.
i met this guy years ago, helped w/ some strays and didn't charge my friend.
that seems like 100 years ago.
photos - will try, once i find the gdmf camera - maybe in the car, ????
i'm on the dl right now, jammed my left elbow preventing a fall - maybe the vet can check me out too ?
Posted 25 September 2012 - 01:39 PM
cat does not like to get put in the box.
are taping up the almost destroyed box from the first 2 attepmts, i did manage to get him out to the car.
where it took the first oppertunity to bolt.
there was a slight chase around the inside if the car, no damage to dashboard etc.
I still went to the vets office and found out they have someone there between 8:00AM and midnight ,7 days a week.
"just bring him in when you can".
cat was a no show all last night - untill 10:00PM anyway
when i went to leave this morning it was 50 degrees out, and the cat was back in the apt as fast as he left the car yesterday.
getting a real carrier today or tomorrow, but i might wait a few days before i try that again.
i have a wake i need to get to tonight, and may need to see dr. about the elbow
hard carrier secured,
Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:40 PM
Posted 26 September 2012 - 01:10 PM
i might try to find a way to spring load the door and make it into a cat trap to use when i'm home.
once the door closes, i can be at the vet in less than 5 min.
he's pretty much keeping his distance from me right now, so it might be a few days.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 01:49 PM
Like nancy said, you have to outsmart them. Let them eat safely in there for a few days or so... leave the thing with the door open so he can go in and out as he pleases, and then on the day you bring him to the vet you shut the door when he least expects it.
That worked for Poncho. Sometimes it even seemed as if she enjoyed being inside the carrier. She'd just go in there and lay down.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 02:38 PM
Posted 26 September 2012 - 03:24 PM
this guy wants no part of any box i've ever put down, so hopefully it just hates cardboard boxes/trips in cardbaod boxes.
i will move the new one inside tonight and see what happens - maybe take off the door + put in some nip and treats.