Uncontrolled or unfamiliar access offers many dangers: road traffic, dogs or wild animals with a hunting instinct, maybe even cat haters in the neighborhood. Cats, who are normally no newcomers to the area or are still new to the area, including fur noses who only know secure access in their own garden, can be overwhelmed by the many new stimuli in the outside world, act carelessly or, in the heat of battle, become too far from theirs Remove at home. The following tips can help prevent your cat from running out of the door at the first opportunity.
1. Set up your favorite place away from the door
Try to convince your cat that she is much nicer in the apartment than in the outside. Set up a favorite spot for her with a great scratching post, an exciting view from the window or other climbing and lookout options. Provide your kitty with a range of intelligence toys and food puzzles away from your front door so that she can keep busy while you're away.
Greet and say goodbye to your fur nose only at this place, make it even more attractive with delicious treats, then the outside world no longer appears so irresistible compared to your own four walls. Tip: If you are aiming for pure housekeeping, it is advisable to adopt at least two cats together. This allows the pets to entertain and entertain each other when you are not at home.
2. Make the entrance door uninteresting for cats
While you make the interior more attractive, you can also make the entrance door less interesting. This will improve your chances that your cats won't even think of trying to break out. If your fur nose approaches the front door, ignore it until the cheeky breakout artist calmly settles in her favorite spot. There she receives her reward and can greet you or say goodbye.
The more boring the entrance area is for your cats, the better. It is best not to store cat toys, food or objects that might make you curious near the door. It is best to only greet guests when they are in the living area and not already in the hallway. If the entrance is as empty as possible and nothing happens there, your kitty will stay away on its own with a little luck.
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3. Lock system can prevent breakout
If that doesn't work, you can introduce a kind of lock system. It is most practical if you can get outside through a room that can be separated from the rest of the living area, such as the garage, a porch or a pantry. Then go through the door that separates the living area from the room, close it - and go outside through the other door.
If you don't have this option because the apartment is too small or the house has neither a porch nor a storage room, you can improvise: A baby gate in the hallway offers at least a little protection, but cats can easily jump over it if they want to. A screen is higher and may be enough to prevent your velvet paws from breaking out.
4. Prevent extortion by deterrence?
You should only use this method in an emergency because it can quickly backfire: the water spray bottle. The goal is for your cat to associate the front door with an unpleasant stimulus and therefore avoid this area in the future. To do this, keep a squirt bottle of water outside in front of the door. When you've gone out and before you go back in, open the front door a tiny crack so that your breakout artists can't see you and can't squeeze through. Then splash your fur nose onto your chest (never into your face!) So that it retreats.
This is how your velvet paw thinks that it always gets a water splash as soon as it approaches the door - and finally leaves it. Anyone who shares the household with you should do the same. The cat must be sprayed consistently every time it approaches the door, otherwise it cannot establish the link. It is important that it does not connect the unpleasant charm with you or another person, but only with the door and the entrance area.
5. In the case of successful escape attempts: castrate the cat and have it chipped
Unfortunately, you can never completely rule out the possibility that the day will break out. Sometimes people are careless or have other thoughts and cats are clever, quiet and fast. In this case, it is important that you have neutered and chipped domestic cats. A castrated cat is also less eager to go outside because it does not get in the heat and does not go in search of a potent hangover or castrated cats do not go to the bridal show and follow the lament of furious cat ladies.
A microchip helps honest finders identify your outlier and assign it to their home. So that she is not mistaken for a stray animal, a tattoo makes additional sense - you can see it from the outside, the chip must first be checked in the animal shelter or at the veterinarian. Don't forget to register the chip with TASSO or a comparable association so that it is valid!