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Old 03-01-2008, 02:12 PM   #1
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Five Month Old Cat Question

He's too big to be a kitten . He got a taste of outside, and came back two times and one I found him by the car and brought him in. Now he is howling at the door whenever he's not sleeping. Is he too young to go outside since he obviously knows where he lives? We live in a culdusac so he isn't in too much danger from car traffic and he's huge. He's bigger than two of my full grown females. I just don't know if it is safe. My others have no interest in outside (females). It's just the boys that seems to want to be out.

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Old 03-01-2008, 02:28 PM   #2
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Is he neutered? If not, then it could be the problem of wanting to go out.
I've had 11 cats over the years, all of them have been spayed and neutered and lived indoors. The only time they are *outdoors* is screened in porch, which is attached to the house.
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Old 03-01-2008, 02:33 PM   #3
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I've only had male cats and none of them wanted to go outside, but they've all been neutered anyway.

Which reminds me, spring is just around the corner. Watch the papers for all the ads for free kittens from people who have unaltered cats they let roam. This is a terrible time of year for rescues and shelters.
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Not neutered yet (once I'm working again he will be) but my other boys are neutered and scream at me all day to go out.
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Our cats went out by that age.

BTW, here is a tip for if you move or get a new cat. When you get there (or get the new cat home) rub a little butter into its front paws. It will pick up the scent of home when it licks its paws and shouldn't have any problems knowing where it lives.

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Old 03-01-2008, 03:04 PM   #6
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Our cats went out by that age.

BTW, here is a tip for if you move or get a new cat. When you get there (or get the new cat home) rub a little butter into its front paws. It will pick up the scent of home when it licks its paws and shouldn't have any problems knowing where it lives.

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Well no wonder they all come back home, DD leaves the butter out all the time and I'm constantly finding kitty prints in it. He finally went off to sleep but I'm sure he'll be bugging me again soon.
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Our cats went out by that age.

BTW, here is a tip for if you move or get a new cat. When you get there (or get the new cat home) rub a little butter into its front paws. It will pick up the scent of home when it licks its paws and shouldn't have any problems knowing where it lives.

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How interesting. I've never heard that before. Thanks!
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I've let all my "babies" outdoors and luckily all of them stayed pretty much close to home except for one and noone could tell Liono what to do....but he lived to the ripe old age of 13 nontheless....but we were also vigilant with vaccinations and vet visits....also the neighborhoods that we lived in were safe as you can get.
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I've let all my "babies" outdoors and luckily all of them stayed pretty much close to home except for one and noone could tell Liono what to do....but he lived to the ripe old age of 13 nontheless....but we were also vigilant with vaccinations and vet visits....also the neighborhoods that we lived in were safe as you can get.
I don't let mine babies out because I live in the country where wild animals roam.
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I don't let mine babies out because I live in the country where wild animals roam.
Do the deer and the antelope play, too?


Feral cats don't last too long around where I live either. And by feral, I mean a cat without a collar and off its property.
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