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We have a cat who obviously adores the Not So Great

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Hi.. We have a cat who obviously adores the Not So Great Outdoors , and has gone missing for 6 days before he came home injured. Thankfully , he`s fully recovered , but still happy to go out. We have 4 cats in total......2 stay around home and 2 wonder off , one more so than the other, (the injured one !) Our concern is so great , that we have now arranged to have a very large cat enclosure built in the garden . It will have high shelves , ladders and tunnels , and access to it from a cat flap in the back door , so they can come and go as they please. Is this a bit extreme ? & is it right to interfere with a cats natural instincts ? And will they be stressed at looking out on territory they won`t be able to get to ? We just them all to be safe and happy. What are your views on cat enclosures ? Many thanks Olga

ps.........we shall also be extending the enclosure further out , next year , as it`s quite an expensive for the initial set up

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Now I know you are concerned about interfering with cat instinct, but we have to remember that we already modify and force our cats into compromise just living with us. Natural cat instinct wouldn't choose to live with other cats in their house or nearby in the neighbor. Instinct would have our cats off in a rural/wild territory as a solitary individual. Therefore, cats and people already make quite a few compromises when choosing to live together.

And with his recent accident, I do think that your choice to build an enclosure is a good one. I can tell you that my own cat only has garden access with supervision after coming to my clinic as a stray who had been hit by a car. And while he surely could look out from the enclosure and want more (as anyone would), this isn't going to be a stressor per say. He will learn to adapt to what he has and that should be no issues.

Overall, I don't think this is extreme at all and I feel that this is a very positive compromise to allow him outdoor access while limiting the risk of his being exposed to danger or harm when he wanders. Therefore, there is no reason why you cannot do this and I do think it is a very good idea for Baxter under the circumstances.

I hope this information is helpful.

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All the best,

Dr. B.


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