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I Need Your Help . . . Noisy, Nosy Cats Want Out

Oh no, we've got some more noisy, nosy cats that need our help! TeamSugar member Leilanic1 submitted her problem to our Pet Peeves group. Read all about it below and then let's work together to help her solve it:

I have two cats who are a little over one year old. Both are very sweet and friendly and indoor cats. My husband has been taking them outside into the backyard, and lately they both are meowing and whining a lot. Now all they want to do is go outside. It drives me crazy because one will start meowing and meowing and going to the door. Then that one stops and the other one starts!

They are both healthy, so there aren't any medical reasons for their meowing. My problem is I don't know how to make them stop! I've tried shushing them, squirting them with the squirt bottle, picking them up, and petting them. They still do it . . . any advice?


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Rachelleybelley Rachelleybelley 8 years
if you dont want them to go outside *(its better to keep them indoors) just tell your husband not to bring them out. theyll get the hint after a while and will stop. you cant let them out sometimes and not others they wont understand
sentineltree sentineltree 8 years
once you let a cat out doors, they fall in love, and being an indoor cat is never good enough afterwards. i've learned this the hard way! if you really want your cats to be indoors, dont let them out, ever! once they get a taste theyll want more more more, which may not be safe depending on where you live. i live in a very urban area so there isnt alot of traffic and definately no big animals to hurt my cat, so i let her out during the day for a few hours, and she always comes back before it gets dark. its a good system
ches ches 8 years
i have no cats only dogs! ;)...i hate cats sometimes becuse my cousin's cat alwys scratch my slippers...:)
nikki815 nikki815 8 years
I have three cats who do the same. For us, its a fenced in yard (6') that does the trick. At heart they are wild, but when hungry, they would not consider hunting for their food. Ours are happpily domesticly wild. For young cats, before the fence, we did the harness thing. Eventually they get older and really only want to watch birds, eat grass! and roll around on the patio. In the end, cats dont have an off button (wouldnt that be nice) so supervised trips to the backyard usually does the trick. BTW..when its really hot, they rarely stay out for more than 5 minutes. They meow to get back in for the A/C!
juliefischer juliefischer 8 years
I wish all my cat do was meow when he wants to go outside. When he wants to go out, he meows and starts ripping up the carpet with his claws. Lately I've been putting on his harness, which he hates. But, he has gotten used to that so he starts tearing up the carpet again. Its non stop. As i'm typing this...he just started again. Ugh!
Daethian Daethian 8 years
We are lucky enough to have groundlevel basement windows so I had my stepdad build a cat cage. We open the window and kitty can out into her little cage and be outside but safe and confined at the same time. It's like 2' x 3' or something.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
Well, cats have almost no impulse control, so they are a bit harder to train than dogs. Basically you will have to train them as if they are a dog and *never* let them out when they meow. They can only go out on your terms, which is when they are quiet. Even if your hand is on the door already starting to open it and they let out a peep you need to stop and turn around. This will basically take an amazing feat of patience. Good luck whatever you choose!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
We had this problem with our cat too...he is ALWAYS trying to escape and bolt outside. Our solution to this was to buy him a cat harness and a tie-out cable. Every day, we put him on his tie-out for about 10 minutes or so and then he calms down for the rest of the day. It's a lot safer than just letting him run around the neighborhood.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
I've never had this problem, but I will take a stab at it. I've seen enclosures that can be placed outside that will both let the cat be outside and be protected from other animals. One style was an oblong box that attaches to a window. Another was a long "cat walk" type of enclosure that a cat could enter via a cat flap on a door. Both had mesh as coverings so that the cat could get all the good smells from the great outdoors! If you filp through the back pages of Cat or Dog Fancy magazine, you should find ads for these. Unfortunately, I can't remember the prices. But if you or someone you know is handy with a hammer and nails, I'm sure you could build on on the cheap!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Perhaps the best thing to do is to establish a schedule. Like take them out once a week at the same exact time, or once a day at the exact time. Cats have good memories and they learn quickly. If you stick to it they will hopefully realize their whining does no good.
Rally-RE Rally-RE 8 years
i haven't found a way to stop my kitty from his meowing frenzy when he wants out. because he's such a bully, he's only allowed outside in the early mornings while all the other nice neighborhood cats are still sleeping. he'll sit at the front door for hours meowing ... i just ignore him. for me, i weigh the annoying sound of his meow and figure it's better to listen to it than watch him chase/terrorize! the other cats around the court.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
yea, i have this problem too with my kitten! she's a year old and got out ONCE and now that's all she wants! I wanna know what others have to say...
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