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How do I “train” a kitten to live outside on it’s own?

Question by foxamberfox: How do I “train” a kitten to live outside on it’s own?

My neighbors’ cat had kittens and I would really like to get one. Unfortunately our Great Dane puppy loves to play rough with cats. Cats don’t seem to like him at all. I want to raise this kitten to be an outdoor cat, but I don’t know how to make sure it survives. I don’t really have anywhere to put a box or any kind of bed for the cat. I will able to feed it and give it water, but like I said, I’m not sure where it will sleep. We live out in the country and there are a few other stray cats around here, they all find places to sleep and keep warm. I want this kitten to be able to wander around our yard and play, then come back and eat and sleep, but I don’t really know if that is possible. If anyone has experience raising an outdoor kitten, let me know.

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Answer by Stacey W
I would wait until it’s a bit older before you let it out so that it can defend itself and run if something comes at it.
You might think about locking either your dog or the cat in a room for awhile.

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  • if you dont have the space inside for the catbox and your dog plays to rough DO NOT GET A CAT!!

    If you have an outdoor only cat what are you going to do if the cat gets hurt and has to be inside while it gets better?

  • keeping cats outdoors is not safe for them, they will experience health problems and will become agressive to humans, try easing your dog into being kind to cats, if he behaves, treat him, if he doesnt, well, dont beat him, but give him a small thump, or grab his snout, dogs hate that and will listen when you do it

  • Please dont get a cat and make it live outside. That is really a bad idea all the way around unless you live on a farm.

  • You can’t train a cat to survive on its own outside… it might be okay, but it might not.

    No point in having a pet if you’re just going to leave it wild outside! Leave the kittens for someone who actually wants a pet.

  • You will be putting a tiny kitten in danger of being eaten by hawks, dogs, snakes, or coyotes. It will be in danger of being poisoned, being stolen to be sold to a research lab or fed to a dogfighter’s dog or someone’s snake, and of being hit by a car should it wander into a road or be lying in the wrong spot in your driveway. I would hope you’d have it spayed or neutered but most people who don’t care enough to keep their cats safely indoors don’t care enough to pay for things like vet care (evident by the fact that the kitten is even here to discuss) so I truly hope you spare a kitten the life you have planned for it and let your friend find another hopefully better home where it will be a family member and be cared for properly. Outdoor cats have considerably shorter life spans than indoor cats.

  • Words fail me.

    Have you actually thought this through?

    What happens when the dog gets out into the yard and kills this kitten?

    A baby cat cannot just be left alone, outside, fending for itself. Feeding it isn’t enough – it needs human companionship, love, care, warmth,play and above all someone protecting it from danger at every step.

    What will you do when you find it dead – killed by the local feral male?
    Find it torn to shreds by your playful dog?
    Find it disappeared because it wandered off and got into a situation it could not handle?
    Find it dying because it has caught a feline disease from other ferals.?

    Yard cats are usually semi-ferals or ferals who are frightened of people, but have found people who will feed and watch out for them. Or farm cats who have never been indoors …. but in bith caes, they remain with their mothers as they grow into adolescence and become able to cope with the world for themselves having learnt from all her skills.

    You are talking about ripping a kitten away from its mother (and I bet it is less than 8 weeks old?) and leaving it alone – except for the odd hours you find to spoend with it.
    And trust me – once the novelty wears off, that baby is going to be alone a lot.

    In the Uk, you could be reported to the RSPCA for doing something like this – and under the new legislatuon … they WOULD prosecute!

  • please do this kitten the best favor you can for it, let someone who will give this kitten a HOME have it. someone who will keep it indoors and give it lots of love attention and the enviorment it should have.

  • First question that comes to mind when I hear someone wants to keep a cat “outdoors”: why bother having a cat at all if you’re going to keep it outside??? If you can’t keep one inside (and apparently you have a valid reason not to – your Dane would use it as a chew-toy), don’t get one! Sorry, but a cat deserves more than that. Outside animals get eaten by other critters (ever seen a cat torn apart and eaten still alive by coyotes? I have – not pleasant), get diseases, fleas, ticks, they get in fights, they can create havoc for other non-pet owners (those who don’t want any animals find YOURS in their yard/trash/pool, etc.). Please pass on getting this kitty if you can’t keep it inside? Maybe one of your friends can give it a better home – then you can go visit it? 🙂

  • Cats that live indoors live longer, healthier lives. Statistically, the life span of an indoor cat averages 12 to 14 years, whereas it is only about four years for the outdoor cat. More than 1 million outdoor cats are killed each year by dogs, traffic, and exposure to disease. In the long run, keeping your cat indoors will also save you money in vet bills.

    There are many risks that come with letting your cats roam free outside:
    – They have a much higher chance of catching diseases and other illnesses such as: Feline Leukemia (FeLV), Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), Feline Herpes Virus (Rhinotracheitis), Feline Distemper, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), rabies, tapeworm, ringworm, heartworm, hypothermia and urinary tract infection
    – Ingesting chemicals or poisons such as pesticides, home garden products and car/motor products
    – Getting fleas or ticks
    – Injury/death due to dangerous traffic
    – Eating poisonous spiders, insects or plants
    – Injury/death due to cruel humans, hunters or neighbors
    – Attacks from dogs, other cats or wild animals
    – Other accidental injuries
    – Getting lost or stolen

  • You don’t really train the kitties to be outside cats, they adapt on their own. I have a kitty door and my kitties run in and out as the please. They stay in the house when they know we are home and when they are hungry. My kitties usually sleep on our patio on blanket that I gave to them, OR the sleep behind our shed where it is safe and there is a lot of long grass.

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