How do I make my cats happier?
May 9, 2011 12:46 PM Subscribe
Should I transition my indoor cats into outdoor cats?
posted by timsneezed to Pets & Animals (53 answers total)
I have two seven-year-old brother and sister cats. They live with my parents, but I get to see for a weekend or two every month when I visit home (I live about two hours away). I am concerned that they seem a bit depressed, especially since I've left home. I have thought about moving them into my place, but it's a much smaller apartment than my parent's home, so I think they might do worse here. Also, I'll only be here until the end of August, after which point I may be moving to NY, so I'm not sure if there's any point in moving them now. Still, I feel like something needs to be done.
I've also thought about the possibility of trying to transition them into outdoor cats. They have always been afraid of the outside, but I feel like they're stuck in this depressing inertia indoors. My parents aren't really cat people, so while they give the cats affection in terms of lap sitting and patting, they don't really play with them that much. I try to spend as much time with them as I can on the weekends when I'm home, but I don't feel like it's enough.
I notice the male cat in particular (Tim) seems kind of lethargic lately. Tim used to be a really energetic cat, but I feel like the spark is gone from his eyes. I am worried about him. I don't think it's just age, as he's not that old.
There are a number of friendly outdoor cats in the quiet neighborhood where I live and I notice how happy they all seem enjoying the May weather.
Would it be possible for me to transition my cats into outdoor cats or is that unrealistic? They are pretty terrified of the outdoors, although they watch it with awe from windows.
If not that, then what should I do? I just want the best for them.
Btw, I will probably be moving my cats with me to NY. I'm not sure where in the city I'll be living, but I'll try to look for a place that has a backyard.