How do i try to keep my pedigree cat indoors? Help !!?

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I have a Ragdoll kitten, aged 15 weeks. They are strictly indoor cats according to the experts, but my cat is desperate to get outside and makes a dash for the door whenever it opens!
He is well fed, well loved and has plenty of stimulation & company, as i am at home all day.
I am becoming increasingley concerned about his escape efforts & am desperate for some advice! Our garden is enclosed but he has already climbed the fence and got out on the road!

Any advice would be gratefully accepted!

Hi Baby Momma,

Once your kitty has had a taste of the great outdoors, it can be challenging to deter them from their "great escape" action! Cats are curious critters for sure and it is a good thing that you are seeking help to keep him indoors.

One of the things that I did with my cat who loved to dash out the door, was to throw a cat action toy into the room just at the moment I was leaving. Try greeting your cat away from the door also so that he doesn't associate it with your petting him therefore making that area something pleasant. You can keep a jar filled with pennies that makes a dreadful sound by the door and shake it each time he is close to the door and ready to pounce out.

A well designed cat tree away from the door may be another thing to get him interested in. As you know, kitties love to look outside and be perched up high. Try impregnating the tree with fresh catnip frequently, to make it more appealing to him.

Try and make the doorway as unappealing to your kitty as possible. You can rub a deterrent product around the door so that he will not be as attracted to that area as he is. Try using fresh orange peels, or any other safe citrus product.

Again, as another poster stated, if all else fails, having someone outside the door spraying him with a squirt gun as he is about to run out can work. You do not want him to associate this with you.. but to get the idea that when the door opens he is met with a not so pleasant consequence. The door is a scary thing, afterall.

Make other areas in the house as attractive to him as possible by placing toys, and other objects for which he can hunt.

It is not too early to neuter him as well. Having this done may assist in alleviating his desire to go outdoors.

For more information about all aspects of kitty care, visit: http://catbehaviorassociates.com/books.htm

Good luck with your Ragdoll. They surely are wonderful cats.

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  1. tiger tiger Says:

    i love my cat and i let him do anything he wants
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  2. Circuits Says:

    Some cats mature sexually much faster, he may be trying to find a mate. I would suggest to get him fixed, unless you plan to breed him which I strongly don't advise.
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  3. mad Says:

    I wonder if a stair gate of the type used to stop infants falling on the stairs would help. You could place it in the doorway, and step over it to get out, but Puss would be held back – or at least slowed down! Good luck!
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  4. Harriett M Says:

    It seems cruel to keep cats indoors all their lives to me. Could you not have him neutered so he doesn't wander too far and let him out.
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  5. northern_monday Says:

    You just have to be careful. Use internal door to keep the cat away from the front/back doors.
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  6. gemini295 Says:

    I have a persian who is an indoors cat, without knowing the layout of your home its difficult to advise, basically my cat has full run of the house apart from the kitchen because the back door has a cat flap for my other two cats who can go outside, so the door to my kitchen is permanently shut. When she was a kitten i just shooed her away from the door while i went through, coming back through i had to be ready with my hand kitten height to shoo her back, but in time she learnt she couldnt go in there. The thing with indoor cats is if they do get out as you said theres plenty of dangers, roads, even theft. You just got to be extra vigilant.
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  7. DizzyMoo Says:

    Well at aged 15 wks he is to young to have the snip but this is something you have to consider for his future . With regards to not letting him escape its not hard really its more common sense , when you enter another room close the door behind you . Your unknowingly teasing him by letting him see you open the door to the outside . Do not open windows enough for him to either crawl through or jump out of, He will need enough kitty toys to play with to occupy & relieve boredom too . At 15wks he is still a baby & kittens are not neutured til around 6month old . Hope this helps alittle .
    Try my website if you like & speak to other kitty owners who keep theirs indoors, 1 of mine goes out shes spayed , the other isnt allowed until spayed .
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    http://www.petrebelz.com

  8. artone333 Says:

    what works best is to have a friend stand out side the door with a spray bottle of water waiting for you to open the door when your kitty makes a door dash the friend will spray the kitty in the face with the water. It only took me twice to break that bad behavior and if they act like they want to even try a door dash at a later date just repeat the face spray again. It won't hurt them at all and if you don't like the idea of using water use canned air. The idea is to surprise them. Hope this helps.
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    catster.com

  9. Phoenix Says:

    no cat breed is a "strictly indoor" cat really, some breeds are much too inquisitive and active to be cooped up indoors all day. it is up to you to decide if your neighbourhood is safe for a cat to wander in – are you on a busy main rd versus a cul-de-sac for example?
    the pro of letting your cat out and familiarising him/her with the outside world is that should he/she escape you do not need to worry so much – an escaped indoor cat would not have a good survival chance (eg, hadnt seen a car, dog etc before) and may end up hit by a car or chased into unknown territory which he/she doesnt know their way home from.
    there is a company that will completely catproof your garden, i cannot remember the exact name of the company but they can fence your garden in with a type of mesh, or build a cat enclosure which you would carry your cat to – these are great, safe alternatives. i'm guessing it would be pricey but so would a trip to the vet if your kitten was hit by a car or something.
    hope this helps :)

    oh and definately get him neutered whether he is an indoor or outdoor cat. entire males will spray urine (inside and outside your house), fight with other cats in the territory and may become aggessive, amongst other problems. there is no real good reason to keep an entire male cat unless you are a breeder who wants their own studs. there are also cancer risks down the line.
    a few years ago i read in a magazine that an entire male outdoor cat's lifespan is approximately 2 years!
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  10. The Empress Says:

    ok, I have 1 indoor cat, and have had indoor cats for my whole life, 11 in all

    All cats will try to get out. It's part of the species- you say no, so they do it. All you have to do is circumvent his efforts- keep windows closed or screened, keep outside doors closed, and think about getting a screen encolsure if possible- it's one more obsitcle, and allows your cat to sun himself

    As for those who are saying you don't love your cat by not letting him out, you love him by not letting him out. He could get stolen, lost, or killed, as (I'm guessing) you live in an urban area. We live in an urban area and never let our cats out

    And, word to the wise- don't declaw him, in case he does get out. He needs to be able to protect himself. And, as he is only 15 weeks, it is most likely curiosity and not a sexual drive that is making him want to escape
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  11. DANII Says:

    we have a cat that stays indoors all ihave done is before i go out to shut him in a differant room with all his food e.t.c and now he does not try for the doors anymore
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  12. troublesniffer Says:

    Hi Baby Momma,

    Once your kitty has had a taste of the great outdoors, it can be challenging to deter them from their "great escape" action! Cats are curious critters for sure and it is a good thing that you are seeking help to keep him indoors.

    One of the things that I did with my cat who loved to dash out the door, was to throw a cat action toy into the room just at the moment I was leaving. Try greeting your cat away from the door also so that he doesn't associate it with your petting him therefore making that area something pleasant. You can keep a jar filled with pennies that makes a dreadful sound by the door and shake it each time he is close to the door and ready to pounce out.

    A well designed cat tree away from the door may be another thing to get him interested in. As you know, kitties love to look outside and be perched up high. Try impregnating the tree with fresh catnip frequently, to make it more appealing to him.

    Try and make the doorway as unappealing to your kitty as possible. You can rub a deterrent product around the door so that he will not be as attracted to that area as he is. Try using fresh orange peels, or any other safe citrus product.

    Again, as another poster stated, if all else fails, having someone outside the door spraying him with a squirt gun as he is about to run out can work. You do not want him to associate this with you.. but to get the idea that when the door opens he is met with a not so pleasant consequence. The door is a scary thing, afterall.

    Make other areas in the house as attractive to him as possible by placing toys, and other objects for which he can hunt.

    It is not too early to neuter him as well. Having this done may assist in alleviating his desire to go outdoors.

    For more information about all aspects of kitty care, visit: http://catbehaviorassociates.com/books.htm

    Good luck with your Ragdoll. They surely are wonderful cats.

    http://catbehaviorassociates.com/books.htm
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  13. redlady Says:

    Poor little thing. Are you happy to imprison him for 10/15yrs ???for him never to roll in the sunshine and chase the butterfly's.how cruel. Iv homed moggy and pedigree for 35yrs and both breeds are only homed if they are allowed to BE CATS.that means going out to make his territory and enjoy his life.How would you feel if some one told you "your house " ONLY is your existence for the next 20yrs. You must never go over the door into the garden and sit in the sun.
    If your going to confine the poor thing at least build him a"large" outdoor run which he can use when he decides. just hoping he never escapes as he will have no bearings whatsoever .
    Let him be a cat ,once hes done and chipped let him explore his world
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  14. reneetallon Says:

    Hi, I have a bengal cat and was also told to keep him indoors but as he started to get older and notice the birds out in the garden he would sit on the window sill and go crazy.I felt a bit cruel keeping him in so i got a cat harness and take him round the garden for walks, more recently i put an extension onto the leash so i can attach it to the door handle and let him wander round himself (well checking him every 2 minutes to make sure he's ok). he seems fairly content now with that and he's happy enough to be out for an hour or so every day. Have a fairly big open garden so it works for me but if not take him to the park every now and again. should keep him happy.
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  15. swordof_vermillion Says:

    You've had a lot of suggestions on how to keep him in & you obviously don't want to let him outside completely so have you considered a bit of both? You could have an aviary style structure in your garden with areas for him to climb & play, toys, even have a little bed in there for him for snooze time.
    I've seen some structures that look almost like a Cat Wendy House & look a lot of fun for the kitty.
    If you have the aviary style make sure there is an covered area where he can go coz cats do like their little dark areas.
    My 2 cats came from the RSPCA & they were kept outside in an aviary style structure that had an area with a cat flap that went up into the sleeping area & they had an area for playing plus they had a boxed in style litter tray to protect it from the elements.
    You could possibly train your cat to walk on a harness so that you could walk him to his "play-house" & you could take him for walks around your garden too so that he experienced the outdoors but you would be reassured that he was safe too.
    It depends on the size of the structure you had whether you put some seating in there for you so that you could go inside to play with him. Obviously you wouldn't keep him in it constantly but it would be a way for you to have windows & doors open properly especially during the summer months when it gets really hot & stuffy indoors.
    Whichever method you use to keep him as an indoor kitty I wish you all the best…….but hope you find a solution that keeps him a happy kitty & you a happy owner. {Even tho he is to be "indoor" I hope he has had his injections coz he still needs them, & get him snipped when he's older too} Good luck xx
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