letting cats out for the first time

March 1, 2007 4:01am CST
im letting my two kittens out for the first time and my two older cats haven't been out for a long time aswell and their all going on monday. i am really scared, i know the technique of not feeding them so they will come back cause there hungry, but Have you got any more useful tips to offer me?
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@Connie1013 (1098)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Are all there shots current? They might meet a animal who might have something catching. I was always scared of letting my cats out. What if they don't come back? What if they move into a neighbor's house? I soon got over it when the little thing is MEOOOWing at the door to get let in. Good Luck!
1 Mar 07
thanks for that yes all there jabs are upto date and all neutered and spayed aswell. I had a cat go missing last year and thats why i am so scared to let them out this time
2 Mar 07
i would like nothing more than to do that but my mum keeps going on at me about how cruel it is to keep them in cause cats are natural adventurers and they should be aloud out so i don't know what to do for the best and my mum is the type of person that is always right and will keep going on at me. so what is more cruel keeping them in and wrapped up in cotton wool or letting them out to fend for themselves?
@Joslyn77 (374)
• United States
3 Mar 07
I don't have any great tips,but your discussion caught my attention. Why are you letting your cats out? Mine is an indoor cat. I have had three cats all my life and all were indoor cats. Why are you having them being outside cats? Just wondering.
7 Mar 07
thanx for your comment i have my reasons some of which have been explained. I did let them all out on monday and it hasen't been as bad as i thought my cats love it and have been so much happier
@rosie_123 (6118)
1 Mar 07
When I first let all mine out, I did it at a weekend, when I could be home to supervise them. Most cats are pretty careful, and wary of the outside world at first, so they want to sopend a fair amount of tie investigating their own garden before venturing further, so I have just sat in the garden with them, calling them over to me now and again, and stroking them, and then preparing food in the kitchen with the door open, so that they knew where to come back for food. Good Luck!
2 Mar 07
thank you very much for your response i will try that
• United States
1 Mar 07
It is so cute to watch them explore and discover things. Chasing leaves and shadows. Something to hide under is a good thing Sparrows are mean birds and will dive at them just to be mean. Other animals can be cruel, so don't let them out for top long.I would love to see them explore. Best of Luck.
1 Mar 07
thanx for your responce i'll bare it in mind when i let them out and watch them whenever i can
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
1 Mar 07
My cats stay inside. They won't run into the dangers of outside, no larger animals (even hawks can kill a cat) no dogs, no cars. They can't be poisoned, picked up by strangers or harmed in any other way in the house. I do think they might need fresh air, so I had an enclosed porch built onto the side of the house they can go out on.
• United States
1 Mar 07
I don't let my cats out unless I am with them to supervise. I am too afraid that someone would posion them. I also worry that they could get hit by a car. If I were you I would stay outside and only take out one or two at a time. Plus they can pick up fleas outside.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
1 Mar 07
There is the old saying of putting milk on their paws, I think cats are pretty clever, so long as they are not spooked or frightened in any way....I hope all goes well for you...