Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Halp Me

I'm not sure how many of you own cats, or know anything about cats. I do know that some of you (Fang) don't like cats much and prefer dogs. But that's another topic, one we were going to discuss together (I'm still up for that!).

I come to you seeking help, and I'd rather ask people who are less likely to laugh at me and call me retarded than say, the people at Yahoo Answers. Who do laugh at you, and act like you're retarded. Though a lot of their users either are or just ask, retarded questions. I wonder how many times I'm going to say retarded.

ANYWAY. The problem is that one of my cats, the lady one, called Kadie, doesn't like staying indoors. I don't mind this too much, but the weather is getting colder, and while she has a little hidey hole in the backyard that might prevent her from getting too windy, I don't think it protects her much from the cold, and things will be worse when there's snow.

Is there any way I can try and encourage her to stay inside? I tried to lock the catflap when she lost her collar. She actually lost two in two days. We still don't know how, but this one is staying on. But she broke through it, if I didn't want her to stay inside so much I'd be impressed. Screw it I am impressed.

So, is there a way to encourage her to stay inside? Or should I just give up and try and put a nice warm cat bed in her hidey hole? Will messing with her spot make her want to abandon it for that matter?

This is the cat in question, note the lack of thick fur for fighting cold

42 comments:

  1. I don't know if there is anything you can do except to keep her locked inside. Some cats just weren't made to be house cats.

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  2. @Hazel we can't lock her inside because we have a catflap, and she's shown an amazing ability to break the thing. It doesn't help that my other cat has already broken it too. We're still waiting for a new back door, so we haven't replaced it yet. She did used to be a house cat, but now she just enjoys being outdoors too much, or doesn't like the house.

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  3. Cats are notorious free spirits, warm up her hidey hole, she'll come inside if it's too cold.

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  4. Hmm.. I don't think I can give you any decent advice. I never had a cat as a pet my whole life.. Me and my family are more into dogs. I once tried to own one, but my puppy killed the poor kitten. :'(

    Hmm.. how about putting her inside a huge but comfy cage.. I mean, if it's okay with you. Uhm... Is that cruel? :(

    I think it's best if you let her be.. Like she'll just crawl inside if she feels too cold. She'll go out when she feels warm.. :)

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  5. Hmm.. I don't think I can give you any decent advice. I never had a cat as a pet my whole life.. Me and my family are more into dogs. I once tried to own one, but my puppy killed the poor kitten. :'(

    Hmm.. how about putting her inside a huge but comfy cage.. I mean, if it's okay with you. Uhm... Is that cruel? :(

    I think it's best if you let her be.. Like she'll just crawl inside if she feels too cold. She'll go out when she feels warm.. :)

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  6. @The Angry Lurker Well dad has agreed to get her a bed, so we'll do that at least.

    @Leah lol she'd go mental if I tried to put her in a cage. I want a hamster, but I know the cats will kill it. I knew someone with five dogs, a cat, and two rats, and I have no idea how she did it. At the least I can try to make her hideaway warm.

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  7. Oh cats are a bloody pain aren't they! I'm having trouble with mine being too used to using the outdoors as a toilet and getting confused about where to go indoors (she opts for on the carpet, in front of the litter tray)

    As for this though, if you have a cat flap and she knows she can come in if she gets too cold I wouldn't worry too much. . maybe try putting down a bowl of biscuits indoors so she comes in to snack more often, or put together some kind of cosy area with a bed (or a pile of rags, as my cats seem to prefer) with her fave toys and some treats

    Otherwise let her get on with it, you've done your part by installing a cat flap and if she gets REALLY cold she'll come indoors

    Sorry if that isn't alot of help! xx

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  8. Be like those crazy people and give her a little cat sweater? Seriously though hard question, in NZ in the dead of winter it drops below freezing some nights, once my room mates cat was out on those nights and i stayed up for hours just checking the door to see if she was out there cold even though I had work in the morning.

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  9. @Charlotte Ours are pretty clean with their mess, they just get cat litter everywhere and then that confuses them. That's really our fault for not cleaning it up. I went and got her a cat bed, she's sat in it but I don't know if she'll stay. I don't know if her love of the outdoors will allow her to come in lol. I suppose if she's smart enough to break through a locked catflap she's smart enough to realise she's too cold.

    @JDC I would do that too and I know I would. When we went to the pet store we found dog coats but not cat coats :( I would have been very tempted.

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  10. Ahh I hope you manage to solve your cat problem! :(

    She looks real cute! :D

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  11. @Jason I hope we can solve it with this bed, and yes, she's adorable :)

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  12. From what I've read at other places, if you mess with her spot, it might actually make her not want to go there, and as such, find a warmer spot indoors.

    Or you could get an empty box and move her spot into it.

    Apart from that, leave her be and I'm sure she'll come in. Especially if that's where the food is.

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  13. @JOutlaw She does come in mostly for food, but she gets her food and then goes back outside lol. I tried not to mess with her space too much when I left the bed there.

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  14. I think you may want to put her bed out there and wait for her to come back in when it begins to get too cold for her outside.

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  15. Oh yes I forgot we were still going to do that thing where we holler the same arguments at each other over and over again because our opinions aren't the same! 8D

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  16. @Astra According to my niece she hasn't gotten out of her bed since she was put in it, so that seems to have been a success. Always good.

    @Fang Well we could still do it anyways lol. It doesn't have to be as long as our last one, no need to repeat the same arguments, just say them once and let people make their minds up.

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  17. I don't have any idea. In all honesty, I'd make a thread and go ask Reddit, they'll know what to do.

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  18. Give her a big coat. (O_<)-b

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  19. Don't there is really much you can do. You could try making her hidey hole a bit warmer but at least you have a cat flap so if she gets too cold she knows that she can come inside of her own accord.

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  20. I'm a free spirit! I'd rather freeze outside then be locked inside!

    My girlfriend has six cats (plus four that live in the house attached to hers that belongs to her sister) and non have collars and they go out all the time. So I can't give you any advice! My girlfriend does feed them their favorite food (tuna) when it snows or is really windy (damn powersaver) so they stay inside for a while, but then she usually plays with them so they don't decide to go out! But most of our cats hate snow and high winds anyway.

    I sent you a message on your email address email me back if you get it! Once I know it works I will email you the questions!

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  21. The thing you have to understand about cats is you are not in control of them, they are independent creatures who will go where they want when they want and there is fuck all you can do about it.

    If she wants to be an outdoors cat then that's her choice. If you try to keep her in you may well find that she goes out and finds herself another place to feed and get a fuss. That is all you are - food and fuss - and she can get that elsewhere. Probably already does in fact.

    Don't mess with her hidey hole. Again she might find another in someone else's garden.

    I have one that I don't see for days and days in the summer but as soon as the weather gets wet and cold he turns into a house cat. As long as she sees yours as home don't worry, she'll come in as and when it suits her.

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  22. Meow. The cat will come when it becomes cold

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  23. I have no words of advice since I'm not a pet owner, but DO admire cats more than dogs. They're spiteful, lazy and eat/play when they want...just like me. ha

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  24. Lots of playing to keep her busy. Eventually she will get use to it. Cats stay warmer than you would think so if you do decide to let her out I'm sure she will be fine. I keep my cats inside because I live in a busy city. If I let them get a taste of outdoors (let them out on the porch which I don't have anymore) they cry for a few days and then forget about it.

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  25. My she cat does the same. When it's cold enough for her, she'll go inside the house.

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  26. She actually meows at my room's window to let her in.

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  27. @DWei I hope the bed works, and also that the cats don't fight over it.

    @Henry Sadly I couldn't find any coats in her size :(

    @Megan She has her flap if she has to come in, but she hates using it herself lol.

    @Bersercules I'm worried that is how she'll feel lol. My boycat Garfield will occasionally go out when my nieces are bothering him, or he'll come and sit with me because I tell them to leave him alone. I got your message, and replied to it.

    @Dirtycowgirl I think she does still see this house as her home. She comes here for food and she lives on our backyard. I put a cat bed there and she seems fine with it. As much as I love cats, that is my biggest worry with them, that they'll decide to live somewhere else.

    @Chip I sometimes doubt she will. I'm a bit of a worryier is all.

    @MRanthrope That's one thing I love about them lol.

    @Ginny Well I have the flap now. I live on a main road, but the boy has been hit before and avoids cars like the plague they are for cats, and Kadie just seems smart enough to avoid cars.

    @My 2 Pesos Kadie does just the same. It can be midnight and she'll sit at the door yowling for me to open the door. It does help I'm up at that time I guess.

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  28. I'm allergic to cats, and generally try to stay as far away from them as possible, so my advice would be get a puppy. Or listen to other people who likely know more than I do.

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  29. @Flyergirl13 Having an allergy to cats is one of the worst ones to have. My mum has a cat allergy which is why it took me so long to get one lol. Plus in the end they were given to me by my sister.

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  30. @Heaven It's impossible to look at a tiny kitty and not awwwwwwww.

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  31. I don't know. It's never cold in my city.

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  32. @Mark Hey we're both geminis! Maybe we have the same birthdate!

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  33. @Interwebs Fails I would say I envy you but I prefer the cold. I'd just like to not have my cats sitting out in it.

    @Bersercules I'm slightly confused as to how you know I'm a Gemini, but I've considered you have superpowers before.

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  34. Catnip. get that cat high, yo. Actually, animals are pretty resilient, so I wouldn't be too worried, except on really cold days. maybe try to make her den a little more comfortable in cold weather.

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  35. I don't have any idea when it comes to cats. But, maybe if Kadie feel cold outside your house, she will not stay there longer.

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  36. I Love cats.. But no idea on this..

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  37. A lot of catnip inside a cage? Then trap her for all winter?

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  38. @Generally Disgruntled I put catnip in the catbed as well as a piece of meat to entice her to go in. She just took the meat out and thought "Fuck the catnip". I'm told she does actually stay in there now though.

    @Marco Walter I hope so but then again people have stayed out in the cold so long they died. But this cat is definitely smarter than a human who would do that.

    @Deepika Same boat as me then. Love the things, but no idea sometimes.

    @R.gers I think that might work, but I'm not for putting her in a cage lol.

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  39. @Mark it says so in your profile.

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  40. Oh gosh I dont know! My new kittens are going to be permanent house puddies and I'm dreading when they get older and want to fly the nest (the nest being my arms hehe!) and explore outside O_O.

    Hmmm i think she would appreciate the warm bed in her outdoor hidey hole but then cats can be funny about such things :/

    Could you not tempt her inside after shes had a few hours outdoors? My cats come running if i shake a packet of whiskers temptations >_<. xx

    ps she is SO cute <3 !

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  41. @Tilly Kadie comes in for a piece of meat lol, but she will go back out again after. I did put her a cat bed there, and she seems to be liking it, so she's slightly warm. I'm trusting that she will come in if she gets too cold.

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