Tips & Tricks to Transition an Outdoor Cat to an Indoor Cat

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Whether you are bringing in a rescue, or a stray, having lived outside could have just been a way of life for your feline friend. Fortunately, making the transition from outdoor to indoor living doesn’t have to be complicated. With persistence and patience, you and your cat can accomplish anything together! Even when you can’t be around, and need a little help, call the professionals of cat sitting; Farmers Branch kitty owners can help you with your transitioning needs.

Introducing The Litter Box

If your new kitty has never had the luxury of living indoors, introducing items such as a litter box and a scratching post should be at the top of your list. For those cats who’ve never experienced a litter box, a confinement method is usually going to be necessary, and the easiest way to box train.

The Transitioning

When beginning the transition using the confinement method, remember to stay patient.  Following several simple steps can make the transition smooth and easy. When hiring a pet sitter, Southlake professionals at ACA Petsitters will gladly assist if the transitioning process.

  • Set up a space called a cattery cage, or even just a large dog crate. Inside this space should be a sleeping area, food, water, toys, and a litter box.
  • When she uses the litter box consistently, go ahead and move her space to a small room such as a bathroom.
  • Increase her space once again once she gets the hang of using her litter box in the bigger space.
  • If your kitty has a lapse return her to the last space where she was successful in keeping her area clean,

Make sure you visit your cat often for any grooming, supervised exercise, and frequent love and affection during this confinement period. Once she has earned the freedom of roaming freely around the home, you can deter the urge to use potted plants by packing glass marbles or pebbles around the plant or covering the soil with aluminum foil.

Other Tips & Tricks to Transitioning

Once you have gotten your cat used to the litter box, or if she already knows how to use one, there are several other things you can do to help the retraining process.

  • If your kitty tries to make a run for the door, a squirt with a water bottle or the quick shake of a can of pennies should startle her just enough to deter her escape.
  • If you are retraining your cat in the winter, giving her a nice soft, warm bed could be the perfect way to convince her to stay inside.
  • By throwing a treat or toy in the opposite direction, you can train your kitty to run away from open doors.
  • Don’t ever hit or kick at your cat when she goes for the door, she will just become afraid and may try to escape even more.

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