Miserable, meowing newly-indoor cats
July 18, 2012 9:39 PM Subscribe
I know this has been asked in one form or another, but I need to ask again: how can I help my cats transition from indoor/outdoor life to indoor only?
posted by primate moon to pets & animals (20 answers total)
Last Saturday a neighbor very angrily confronted us, telling us that at least one of our cats has repeatedly dug and pooped in their backyard garden. (These are the same cats that I wrote about a few weeks ago because they were leaving little mouse and mole bodies in another, more friendly, neighbor's yard for his 3-year-old to find.) Knowing that human needs must come before cat needs, I had to make the decision to keep them both inside permanently. This is breaking my heart, and, worse, making my kitties miserable.
Mimi is 3 years old, a spayed female, and a prodigious hunter and tree-climber. Bug is her 2 year old daughter, also spayed, and loves hanging outside, especially following us when we walk our elderly lab mix and running up trees. In the summer these girls spend almost all their time outside, coming in only for their 2 meals each day, and sometimes not even then. (I'm sorry for not including the obligatory pictures, but I don't know how to attach them. Not much of a techie.)
By the way, neither cat is particularly affectionate with us humans (me and my 2 teens); they're quite aloof and cold, so lavishing them with attention really doesn't help and actually annoys them.
So now neither one will shut up, continually following us everywhere in the house, meowing loudly. I feel just AWFUL! They are so terribly unhappy, and I feel so guilty. But I don't think there's an alternative.
I guess I'm asking for advice on 1) is there anything we can do to make them less miserable, and 2) the meowing is almost intolerable (it's like listening to a baby cry but being unable to do anything to make it stop); what can I do to bear it?
Should I find them another home where they can go outside? That would kill me, but I feel responsible for their happiness!