How do I introduce an indoor cat to the outside world?

I have a 3 year old cat, Milly. She has always been an indoor cat, but loves to be outside in the back garden (only for some air), every time we open the front door she tries to get out. So, were thinking of letting her be an outside cat, but we are unsure of what to do. I mean do we just throw her outside & she will come back when she is hungry, and what will she do when she needs to "go", will she know to do it outside? HELPPP!!

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    4 Responses to “How do I introduce an indoor cat to the outside world?”

    1. kattaddorra Says:

      As Milly already goes in the garden she will have left her scent around and be able to find her way home OK. Before you feed her one morning,just open the door so she can go out on her own and explore a bit further if she wants to,she probably won’t be long as she will be hungry. Once she’s been out of your garden and come back on her own, she’ll know exactly where she lives. If you dig a patch of earth over in your garden and at first sprinkle some of her used cat litter over it, she will follow her own scent to it and should start to use that instead of her litter tray.
      I’d advise you to keep her in after dark and anytime no one is home,so keep a clean litter tray for those times.
      Don’t just shut her out, look out and see if she’d waiting to come in.It’s a scary world out there if she’s not used to being out much.
      It’s a much better life for a cat to have some freedom if at all possible!
      Female cats don’t often go far from home.

    2. Pavlov's Daughter Says:

      Start placing food and water outside. That’s how we started with ours. They were indoor cats until they reached about one and then curiosity just got the best of them.

      After food/water, place some of her toys out there. Always make sure there’s a way for her to come back in if she chooses. We always leave our door open during the day and let the cats come in and out. They now eat, drink, sleep inside but go outside to play, roam and potty.

      They’ve sort of made their own kitty entrance through our screen. Instead of fixing it, we kind of just went with it because we couldn’t put in a ‘doggy door’ type thing. If you can, I highly suggest that once she gets used to going in and out.

    3. chris n Says:

      I wouldn’t sling her straight out the front because she’s not road/traffic aware and it would be unkind to do so. She likes the back garden where it’s safe so first give her supervised visits there with the back door open so she can come and go as she pleases. Then put her litter tray outside until she gets used to going in it but outdoors and then change the litter to garden soil and move it closer to where you want her to ‘go’. She’ll soon get the message. Eventually she will roam further but cats always come home for food so no problems about her coming back. You may find she doesn’t particularly want to go out the front too often but she’ll get used to the noise of traffic and decide for herself whether or not she wants to venture out in it. She probably won’t. One of our cats stayed very close to home while her sister gradually worked her way round the house from the back garden to the front garden and then across the road to our neighbours’ gardens. Her territory was still fairly small, just our road and the houses opposite for 10 years when she decided to cross the main road at the far end of our street. We don’t know whether she was used to crossing it and just made a mistake that day or whether it was her first bungled attempt to cross it. Sadly, that evening she never came home again. However, I wouldn’t stop a cat roaming naturally provided they didn’t live right on a main road and provided the cat had got used to the outside world. Better than being cooped up indoors all the time. We had another cat, a battered old stray, who came to live with us at the end of his life. He had an enormous territory and would wander off for days across gardens and main roads and was savvy enough, having lived all his life on the streets, not to get run over. Just use your common sense with your own cat and gradually introduce her to the outside world. She knows the sights and smells of her own garden so probably won’t be bold enough to wander far.

    4. Unicornrider Says:

      Don’t make her an outdoor cat, make her an indoor with the freedom to go out when she wants. Most likely she’ll be indoors most of the time.
      You have to do this gradually, the more time you take over this, the better it is – take amonth to do this.
      First day let the cat be inb your arms, and go outside. If you hear a car or she sees a dog egin breathing fast until your heart pounds, and run inside quickly. Every time she hears a car that needs to be her first reaction so do it over and overagain until she does it when you allow her free roam.
      Every day go out for a bit longer. After a week,do two times of going outside, the next week, get her usedto a harness, and lead her outside, and walk around the garden – but do the same reaction to dogs and cars. Twice a day for the next two weeks, a bit longer each time.
      Please have her sterilised before you do this, have all her vaccinations done up to date (explain to the vet she will be outdoors as well as indoors), have her dewormed, ave her microchipped too, as well as a collar with break-away clasp – give enough space to fit two fingers underneath it.
      You have to keep a litterbox for her indoorstoo, and it’s saferto keep her indoors at night.
      Be realistic about the risk in your area – if you live along a busy road, or instance, that’s not a good idea to let her roam. Same goes for if you have any natural predators or wild animals.

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