How do indoor/outdoor cats 'work'?
January 23, 2014 3:06 AM Subscribe
Asking for a friend: My friend wants to adopt a cat from an animal rescue centre. However, many of the shelters require access to a garden for their cats before they'll allow you to adopt (for example
) - so the cat would have to be an indoor/outdoor cat. She is having trouble figuring out the logistics of this.
posted by Ziggy500 to Pets & Animals (42 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My friend works full-time, she lives in a ground floor flat with a little garden and a little garden shed, but she can't get a catflap installed because the landlord will not allow her to make structural changes to the property (the landlord is fine with her having a cat, though). She is also very against keeping a window open while she is away from home.
This means that to give the cat access to the outdoors she would have to let it out in the morning and let it back in in the evening after she gets home from work. This means that if she comes home late for whatever reason, the cat would have been left out all day. I suggested that she keep some water and food for the cat in the garden shed but this has been the only solution we have been able to come up with. She doesn't want to keep the cat indoors all day.
Do you own an indoor/outdoor cat? How exactly do you work it - how do you let the cat in when it wants to come in, what happens if you're not home to let it in, how do you manage the cat's coming and going if you don't own a catflap?
Most of the people we know allow their cats to roam, but there's generally someone home to let the cat in if it wants to come in.