Keeping My Kitten In The House

United States
May 30, 2007 8:31pm CST
Last year, I took in a tabby kitten from my friend. Her cat had a litter of kittens and the family was giving them away, so I snagged one as soon as I knew she was pregnant. Anyway, it was a little boy, and I named him Milo. Being a little boy, he is prone to wandering. In fact, he spends almost all of his time out of doors, over the backyard fence, prowling the neighborhood. He really only comes home to cry for food =] He's incredibly independent, and wriggles away from being handled or even petted. He's yet to have been neutered, because the family hasn't been able to afford it until recently. Finally, his appointment to get fixed is scheduled for next week, and I need some tips on keeping him in the house and getting him used to staying inside. It wouldn't really be a problem, except that all the cats have to get out to use the litterbox, and our dog needs to get into the backyard to.. do his business. Any ideas? Thanks.
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@magikrose (5423)
• United States
31 May 07
I had my cat fixed as soon as he was old enough and what I did because he wants to go outside is I bought him a cat harness and leash so that I can take him outside and I know that he is going to be safe at all times. I also make shure there are windows open with the screen closed so he can sit in the window and get fresh air.
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• United States
31 May 07
Thanks, but I also have to consider my other pets, especially my dog. It's the only reason I really need advice. =/ But thanks, I'll look into a harness anyway and see if he'll tolerate it.
• United States
31 May 07
I think you should spend time with him when he is inside, even if that means closing him in your room with you. Then, take out some toys he used to play with, give him a little wet cat food, and try to get him to associate being with you and good things.
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