Hi. My wife has lost two cats in the last few years that just ran away and never returned. So she is really concerned that our current indoor cat Brittney will flee now that she has gone out the doggie door a couple of times. We are currently locking the doggie door while she has full reign of the house but it's getting harder and harder to juggle the dogs and her and keep her from 'escaping'. Both times she just sat on the porch and let me bring her in. Should I invest in an electronic door and just let the dogs have 'keys' or does someone have a better suggestion.?
A doggy door??? Never heard of that, I presume it's like an over-sized catflap?? Must be an American thing. The electronic thing sounds best, though I've never seen one so I couldn't comment! Presume it works like the magnetic catflap. Or do what the Brits do - take your dog out 2 or 3 times a day supervised when it needs its poop!
Put your cat in one of your rooms so it won't get out & take that door off it;s hinges & put another door in it's place with out the door flap. Plain & simple but may be costly. Other wise though you might loose your cat and it'll happen each time you get another cat. Neer heard of somone who owns a cat to make it easy for their cat to go outside Not if they want to keep their cat safe inside their own house. Of course that'll men you'll have to get off your butt to let your dog or dogs outside & back in but life for you will go on but life for your cats won't-if you
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Wow, I thought this was a somewhat cordial group. Didn't know I was going to get nasty remarks when I was merely asking a question about keeping my cat inside. Just for your edification I happen to walk my dogs twice a day every day, at 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM. I've been doing this every day for 10 years. They are older dogs so the need to go outside at odd times. Sometimes they need to go out at 11:00 at night. Maybe you need to get off your butt and read a book because not everyone in the world has the same needs as you.
Geez. Some people.
I wasn't trying to be nasty or sarcastic. I also have to take my dogs out. If you're worried abut your cat taking off & not coming back home like your other cats did. Wouldn't it make sense to you to fix it s your cat can't get out? The only way I can think of is to put a different door in with out a doggie door. In the mean time sense your original door will be off it's hinges making it easy for your cat or dog to get out. I thought it would be wise to confine [ especially your cat] in another room until you put your new door in. Naturally the new door has to bought & right next to you so it caN be done right away. Where I live 3 wasn't trying to be nasty or sarcastic. I also have to take my dogs out. If you're worried abut your cat taking off & not coming back home like your other cats did. Wouldn't it make sense to you to fix it s your cat can't get out? The only way I can think of is to put a different door in with out a doggie door. In the mean time sense your original door will be off it's hinges making it easy for your cat or dog to get out. I thought it would be wise to confine [ especially your cat] in another room until you put your new door in. Naturally the new door has to bought & right next to you so it caN be done right away. Where I live 3 families lost their cats. One was my daughter inlaw because she didn't bother having them fixed. She actually had 3 males. Only one male kept coming back home. Finally she smarted up & had him fixed the other person had a male cat that was fixed & it still disappeared. If your cat is getting out by using that door. Don't you think the door should be changed for a different one? I wasn't trying to be snotty or anything like that. Too many cats & dogs disappear.
So your dogs are as old as mine. I have a lab mix name Kathrin she'll be 10 years old July 1st & 2 shitzus who just turn 11 years old but I also have a husband who is practically bedridden & I my self have bad legs & I'm 61. but I still take my dogs out. But we were taking about your cat. Your cat is getting out because of that door. Am I right? Or did I miss
Telling someone to 'get off their butt and walk their dog' isn't being snotty?
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Your right, I did say that. I just know if that was my cat I would make sure my cat couldn't get outside. You have that door so your dogs have an easy way to go in and out which is fine but you also have to worry about the cat. So what do you think is best? Maybe you have another and better idea. You have to think of something. Maybe I said about the door the wrong way but that's the only thing I could think of to save your ot your fiance's cat.
More likely they got lost and didn't return because they couldn't figure out where home was.
I wouldn't let the dogs loose outside as they would face the same dangers an outdoor cat would face. Doesn't your town have leash laws anyway?
I'm thinking its an enclosed yard.
currently i have four cats and all but one is an ourdoor cat. i have never encountered a problem with my cats leaving home once they discovered the broad outdoors. then again, i live in suburban america. but i think if i did have this problem i would get rid of the doggie door pronto. i have two dogs that can not decide whether they want in or out at all hours of the night. but this is the responsibility i knowingly took on when i got them. just shuffel back a few steps to the old days where doggie doors where but a dream. getting up every so often is a hastle but not in comparrison to searching and then losing a dear friend.
I have 3 dogs and have just taken in a beautiful loving cat that someone threw away. My dogs are all around 5 years old and have always had the doggie door. Electronic doors stay open too long and the cat would have plenty of time to get out after them. What I did was stand on the outside by the doggie door with a spray bottle full of water and everythime the cat started to come out the doggie door I would spray her with the water. eventually she stopped trying to go through it because she didn't like getting sprayed and now does not even go near the doggie door.
Wow Lynda That surely is a great tip. Thank you ever so much for sharing this!
You need to teach the cat how to use the door. It doesn't get that it can come back int. I have a 24" doggie door that I installed for an elderly dog that is now deceased. Nevertheless, I've taught all my cats how to use the doors at both my houses (even installed a door in the window at the last house, just for them) when they were old enough....7-8 mox, in my book. If she's figured out how to get out, she likely surprised herself. You need to now push her out...yes, by her head. ...gently of course. Then go out and push her back in. Do this several times. Then you can hold the door open and coax her in. You can reverse this order if she gets to freaked out. If there's a doggie door in the house eventually they'll use it.
Cats are imitators...and CURIOUS about what they see. None of my cats has ever left. If this cat is not used to his new home, then you'll have to adhere to the door locking routine until it is 'at home'. Them's the breaks.
I would not have a doggie door. The dog would have to tell you when the dog needs do his business. Plus what happened to take the dog for a walk????
We have a problem very similar to yours (quickcup's).
We have a cat that's been indoor/outdoor for his entire life. We don't plan to try and change him at this point.
We would like to get another cat that we would keep as a strictly indoor cat. We tried this once before and eventually the "indoor" cat just got too quick and wily to keep in. Of course we lost this cat.
In attempts to train cats we've owned in the past, the spray bottles, cans with gravel and balloons on the furniture have never worked. For instance with scratching the furniture, the cats figured out, sooner rather than later, to scratch the furniture (or whatever was forbidden) when we weren't around.
Also, we have 3 children who are going to forget and open the door for a myriad of reasons and that would be that. Quickcup, if you, or anyone else has any suggestions please let me know. Expensive catdoors with collars and sensors are not within our means.
p.s. I also would not appreciate any lectures on keep my cats indoors.
Perhaps you could keep the cat in a room that s/he feels comfortable in and keep her busy in that room?
yes, I had thought of that but, as mentioned, I have 3 children, 3, 4 and 8 and, despite repeated warnings, I know the little ones (and my 39 yr old little boy) will forget and open the door and not pay any attention. There is probably no perfect solution to this. I'm just hoping to find a suggestion that might be better than anything I've come up with.
Keeping in closed room for part of the time as you suggest and offering a treat away from the door so they're trained at the sound to go elsewhere are the best I've gotten so far.
Thank you very much for your reply! I appreciate your time and suggestions!
Hmmm how about basment??
you know, I think what I'm looking for is a barrier of some kind. Something like a screen door, but one that might be open a couple feet up off the ground. The indoor/outdoor cat would not hesitate to jump up over that...but it might be enough to deter another who is not accustomed to going out. Perhaps even a flap like apparatus above so the opening isn't just wide open, even just a screen flap that perhaps velcros shut. It can be lifted for the one cat but it's not so easy for the other to slip right out.
What do you think Emma117? or anyone else out there? Any improvements on this idea? Often times the obvious flies right over my head...
I was trying to read other comments... Does your backyard have a good closed fenced? If it does, perhaps your cat cant really run away if you make it hard for the cat to run anywhere outside???
I love the Latch'nVent door prop. It allows you to keep the door open just a smidge, but it is actually locked in place. It separates cats and dogs. I ordered from their website at www.latchnvent.com and they also have good pictures on their Facebook page, search for Latch'nVent interior door prop for cats, dogs, toddlers
Get a cat fence. Just Google "affordable cat fence". I got one and it works great. The cat can enjoy the outdoors and have the whole backyard to play. Nothing can get in and the cat can't get out. It's a little tedious to put up but well worth it. Lots of people don't even know they exist. I got <email> .