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When should I leave Cat out?

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welshnat Mon 07-Jul-14 07:09:10

So we have recently gotten ourselves an 11 week old kitten called Cat grin she is very interested in going outside as her last home had high garden walls so she was allowed out. So...when should I leave him out into my garden? I let him have a wander yesterday and he seemed so happy.

cozietoesie Mon 07-Jul-14 07:18:22

What's his current vaccination status? He definitely shouldn't be going out at all until he's fully protected, I think.

welshnat Mon 07-Jul-14 07:32:39

Fully vaccinated/worked and flead smile

welshnat Mon 07-Jul-14 07:33:11

Meant to say wormed not worked hmm

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 07-Jul-14 07:57:43

Has cat been neutered though? They can run off and get though small gaps and then you've got a snack sized kitten on the loose.

cozietoesie Mon 07-Jul-14 08:23:17

I think I'd be taking Fluffy's point on this one. At that age, they're definitely snack sized and also not sensible. Moreover, cats can reach maturity real early - 4/5 months say - and when they get a small dose of hormones it's over the hills and far away as soon as they spy the smallest gap. (And you may think you've got a secure garden but until it's been tested by a kitten/young cat, you just don't know - most of them really aren't.)

Myself, I've not in recent years let cats out until they're vaccinated and neutered.

cozietoesie Mon 07-Jul-14 08:24:26

PS - I exclude The Lodger for obvious reasons: he was always a lost cause, coming to us from the street as he did.

whattheseithakasmean Mon 07-Jul-14 08:37:23

Our vet advised that our kitty could go out 1 week after her 2nd set of vaccinations. She now enjoys scampering around our garden for short periods though we keep an eye or her & don't let her out in the evening.

It is obvious when a girl kitty goes into season & then we will have to keep her in until we can get her spayed.

welshnat Mon 07-Jul-14 08:46:22

He is booked in to be bet checked tomorrow and will be booking to be neutered ASAP smile so once that's all done how do I encourage him to come back when he's let out? He seems too little to be out on his own sad

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 07-Jul-14 08:59:51

They don't usually neuter until 5 months at least.

I wouldn't have let mine out at 3 months. Too young, too small and clueless.

You'll have to train him to come when you tap the food bowl. So when you feed him tap the the dish with a fork and he'll learn to associate the noise with food.

cozietoesie Mon 07-Jul-14 09:00:49

Let them out before food so that the clink of a dish or rustle of eg a Dreamies packet will have them scampering back. Otherwise, I'm afraid that you just have to grit your teeth and bear it. That moment when the tail first disappears over the garden wall is gut wrenching - and even when they mature, a significant variation from their routine can have you pacing around, I'm afraid. It goes with the territory.

For my outside-going boys, I've always been outside with them on the first few occasions. I think there's something about seeing you against the backdrop of the garden that helps the notion of 'home' in their memory. (There's probably some smell as well.)

My really sneaky tactic (circumstances permitting) was to let them out more at first when the wind was up and the rain was coming in sideways (with no birds.) Quite a few of my boys have been left with the impression that inside is food, warmth and carpet (and me of course!) whereas outside is a cold, wet and cruel place. (A bit like the inhabitants of Shangri La in Lost Horizon.) A hopeless endeavour at this time of year, though.

Best of luck.

sashh Mon 07-Jul-14 09:47:33

Agree with let him out hungry and also if the weather is nice go out and read a book or something so you can keep an eye on him

welshnat Mon 07-Jul-14 10:04:20

So he's 3 months now so if I wait until he's 5 months and neutered then it should hopefully be raining at some point and I'll let him out then grin

Just reread my op and realised half of it was she and half was he blush just to clarify he's a gorgeous boy smile

cozietoesie Mon 07-Jul-14 10:20:24

I wouldn't worry too much about the rain. wink That's just me being sneaky because my boys have all been Sybarites.

Otherwise - sounds good. Be ready for the possible stress, though - there's no avoiding it, I'm afraid.

welshnat Mon 07-Jul-14 10:39:08

I'll just get over the stress of him going out and about on his own when I'll be worrying about DS starting schoolconfused

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