How Long Do Cats Stay Outside For

by Joey
(Canada)

My cat has been outside for a few days now and I was wondering how long they stay outside for. My cat is an orange tabby male and I miss it very much so please answer my question, how much longer do you think it will be outside for?


Answer by Kate
Well it very much depends on whether your cat is neutered or not and on his particular temporament. Some cats like to be outside all the time others prefer to pop in and out. So to answer your question, if he is a un neutered male cat he could be out for days looking for mates or claimining his territory. Keep some food outside for him and keep calling him, so that he knows where you are. I'm sure when he is ready he will return.

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Outdoor/Indoor Cats
by: Nick

Like many cat owners, I've been on the fence about whether to let my cat out, or keep him indoors all the time. I sympathize with anybody in this predicament, cause logic tells us they are always safe and secure indoors, but at the same time, we want them to be happy and fulfill their desire to explore the outdoors as well. This is where the mental tug-of-war takes place. From my experience, if you have a new cat and your trying to make this difficult decision, I think there are several important things to consider. First, if it is an adult cat adopted, people should know its history, because if it was previously an outdoor/indoor cat before you got it, then it should be able to be the same with its new owner, but it is always important to establish a bond or connection with your new cat first. Meaning to actually have a real friendship with it, which involves feeding it, affection, a litter box, some playtime and positive reinforcement. These things established first, will give the cat a reason to come back to you after being let outside. It's kind of the same with human children or teenagers. Unhappy or mentally ill children will tend to be runaways more often than kids that have a happy home life. I would also warm the cat up to the new neighborhood, by going outside with him/her to monitor its behavior during the first few times you let the cat out. If the cat seems to like and mesh with mother nature, don't follow him and prop your door open, and it will probably come back. But, understand with an outdoor cat so many things factor in, even if it has a perfect indoor life. Like the cat's natural survival skills, sense of direction, cars, other animals etc... These things are the hardest hurdle to conquer. In fact it isn't exactly a hurdle, but just a risk factor you take, when letting your cat out. Because each day out there is a win/lose survival situation, as with any living thing. If you got it as an adult cat that has always been indoors, then I'd probably wouldn't try to change that. If you got a kitten, and you want it to be outdoors, I'd slowly train him to the title of indoor/outdoor cat. Kittens will need more protection and guidance, so you should monitor it for months before letting it on its own. This is my advice.

Where is she
by: Worried

She has been wondering and I'm worried,she's like a tiger but black and brown


missing 5 month kitten
by: roisin keeley

my kitten has gone out for over 2 hours i had to go out to the shops and had to shut the back door and when i came back i havnt seen him should i worry

missing cat
by: wright

my cat earl who is 3 years has been gone for 1 or 2 weeks but he not that kind of cat that would leave he was a good cat EVERYBODY loved him me most what should i do?

Read this page for more information
http://www.our-happy-cat.com/lost-cats.html

hOW LONG DO CATS STAY OUTSIDE FOR
by: l.rAEL

I have had cats all my life.When they are babies I click my tongue every time I feed them,They get used to it meaning food.Later on they come whenever I click my tongue.My friend preferred a whistle tune she made up. Also if you have a cat door or window you will find that they are home more than you think they are.

Missing Kitten
by: Very worried!

My 6 month old kitten has been gone now for a day and a half. He has been neutered and this is unlike him. He is very loving and likes his food so I am surprised and worried. Is he likely to come back?

cats
by: Anonymous

i normally dont let my cats out but my cat tends to jump out the windows and go out hes unneutured but he come back after 7-8 hours . but cats can go out for weeks or days so you shouldnt worry .

3 weeks still no sign of him
by: Anonymous

My cat has been gone for 3 weeks.
I don't know much about cats but all I know is he's about 2 years old human years. Will he find his way home if he's still alive.

Answer by Kate
please see my page here

http://www.our-happy-cat.com/lost-cats.html

ginger tom out for too long!!
by: Anonymous

My ginger cat hasn't come home this evening. He has been neutered and is only about 11 months. Is this normal? Im so used to him being in at night,it really worries me.

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