Cats are curious creatures and although most kitties love to snoop and investigate, some are happy inside while others prefer to prowl outdoors. Here are tips to keep your nature loving cat content and safely inside at night.
USE MEAL TIMES TO GET YOUR CAT INSIDE
If you have a cat like one of mine, you have probably had trouble getting him inside after dark. Outdoors loving felines really come alive at twilight and want to stay outside to hunt and prowl. I have found, however, that an enticing dinner will overcome the lure of nature long enough for me to get my cat inside. Plan your cat’s dinner to be close to sundown, and make sure he hasn’t eater for a while to encourage him to come in.
REWARD YOUR CAT FOR COMING WHEN CALLED
It is a good idea to train pet cats to come when called, and especially helpful for getting outdoors loving kitties in at night. I have trained all my cats to come when called, most of the time, by giving them lots of petting and praise when they do. An occasional extra food treat is helpful too. Once your outdoors loving pet associates coming in at night with a good dinner and loving attention, he will be more content with the idea.
CREATE AN ENCLOSED PATIO OR OUTDOOR SPACE FOR YOUR CAT
Another idea is to enclose an outdoor patio or corner of the yard with lattice panels. After eating, your cat can enjoy the sounds and smells of being outdoors while safely restricted by the lattice. He will also be able to chase bugs and even see other roaming cats or wildlife on the outside of the enclosure.
I have found my cat to enjoy his outside enclosure very much. Though he would rather be totally free to roam the neighborhood after dark (and possibly get into trouble), he is content to check out his own outdoor enclosure after dinner and watch the evening unfold. Then after awhile, come happily inside to bed.
INVITING CAT BEDS WITH A VIEW
It is very helpful to provide outdoors loving cats with cozy, warm beds. In my case, my pet would never settle down to sleep in the main part of the house like our other cats. He now has a heated bed that he loves in the laundry room off the garage, and the room’s door is closed until morning.
You also may find it helpful to have a window near your pet’s sleeping area that he can look out at night. Then come morning, after a safe night of napping and star-gazing, your outdoors loving cat will be ready to charge outdoors to prowl in earnest!