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With effort, time and patience, it is possible to keep an outdoor cat indoor and happy. The key to keeping an outdoor cat happy indoor is to replace its old habits with new ones. Make the transition gradually. During the transition to an indoor house cat, you should provide plenty of attention and stimulation when the cat is indoor. Cats are creatures of habit, so you must slowly replace their old routine of roaming outside with a new habit of playing indoor. Watch out for sign of stress in your cat

Breaking the Outdoor Habit

Start by letting the cat go outside only during the middle of the day and do so for short period of time. Cats do most of their hunting between the period of dawn to dusk. Letting them go outdoor only in the middle of the day will help to distract them from the hunting urge. Then gradually shorten the length of time that the cat is allowed outdoor until you stop letting it outdoor completely.

It will be tough initially but do not give in to your cat's wailing to be let out. If you are steadfast, your house cat will eventually see that all the fuss is futile. Some house some cats will develop behavioral problems when they are confined indoor. Most of these behavioral problems are caused by a too abrupt change in routine or to lack of attention and stimulation indoor. If your cat becomes too unruly, consult a veterinarian or animal behaviorist to find ways to solve the problem. These problems can also be caused by boredom and loneliness, so be prepared to spend some quality time with your house cat.

Substitute the outdoor trips with periods of special playtime. Occasionally, you can allow supervised trips out on the balcony, deck, or patio. This will make the transition from outdoor to indoor house cat a little easier. Some house cats will enjoy prowling outside on a harness and lease. Do bear in mind that house cats are born escape artists and may attempt to free themselves from the harness. Watch out that they do not catch the leash on something and get stuck. Be prepared to protect your house cat as its may not be able to protect itself from other animals when leashed.

You can consider putting up a screen in your porch or set up a small enclosure leading out from the house. The enclosure must be contained on all four sides and at the top as well. Your house cat should not be able to escape, squeeze into narrow space or injure itself in any way. These outdoor enclosures allow the indoor house cat to get some fresh air and sunshine while protecting it from harm. Your house cat will not feel so stifled as well. You may want to consider building a cat door and connect a special little runway for your house cat to allow it to go to its outdoor enclosure. That will give your house cat a sense of freedom.

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