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dolly
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From:Ontario Canada
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posted 03-02-2004 07:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dolly     Edit/Delete Message
Hi all,
I am at my wits end with my 2-y.o. male cat (neutered, supposedly). We've had him about 4 months and lately he has done nothing but cry constantly to go outside (he's an indoor cat). I caught him spraying the wall today, which I haven't seen him do before. I know that if my husband catches him spraying he will want him gone. I've had male cats before but never one like this...is it possible the neutering "didn't work"??? He seems to be so unhappy and doesn't want to play anymore, he just cries at the door all the time. I don't want him to be a prisoner but I don't want to let him out. I have some Feliway but I just caught him spraying today so I don't know where he has been spraying. I think he may have spring fever--has anyone had a cat like this and will it subside or will be be like this until next winter? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! BTW, there are 2 females (spayed) in the house, one we just got a month ago so maybe he's being territorial about her?

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SadieGirl
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posted 03-02-2004 07:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SadieGirl     Edit/Delete Message
I may be wrong and this is just a response so please don't quote me, but there may be a female "in season" and he can smell her and also, I have a friend who had a male (neutered) and he did the same thing. If he couldn't go out he meowed constantly, but he didn't spray. My female is old and spayed and she is constantly meowing now but she has a medical problem, so he may have a bladder or kidney infection which I have heard can cause them to spray too, but I am not knowlegable enough to make quotable suggestions, but I am sure there are some in this forum that know more than I.

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elizavixen
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From:Columbia, SC, USA
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posted 03-02-2004 10:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for elizavixen     Edit/Delete Message
Is there a specific reason you won't let him out? I mean, other than you just don't want to.

My cat is inside/outside and when I make him stay inside(he was sick awhile ago) he throws a huge fit. Meowing to no end. No spraying though. (this may sound stupid but I don't think his "sprayer" works - he looks like he's doing it all the time but nothing ever comes out)

I know some people feel very strongly about the inside/outside issue but I think if he is that unhappy being inside, try letting him out at least a little bit a day. My cats have always gone out and I have had no problems.

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dolly
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posted 03-02-2004 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dolly     Edit/Delete Message
I don't want to let him out for a few reasons, the possibility of contracting illness from other cats, cars, fleas, as well as catching birds...I have taken him out on a harness a few times but I don't know if this is just making matters worse and is making him want to be outside more. I don't mind taking him out but I don't want to tease him and just make him more anxious. I'm also concerned for the health of my other 2 cats if he goes out.

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elizavixen
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posted 03-02-2004 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for elizavixen     Edit/Delete Message
Catching birds isn't going to hurt him. Fleas are an inside problem as well, but again, not going to kill him. He (barring some freak occurrence) isn't going to get or spread any disease from or to any other cats. Cars....well, they could be a problem but most cats stay out of their way.

It's up to you. I just think it is kinda mean to keep a cat inside that does not want to be inside. I think it would be better to let him "chance it" and go outside and be a happy cat rather than be stuck inside safe but miserable. Just my 2 cents.

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Chessmind
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posted 03-02-2004 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Dolly. I know you had another post up and we were talking about enclosing your backyard and you had also asked about the Advantage flea drops. I think enclosing the backyard would be a great idea for you and your cat(s).

As for your question about the fleas, yes it would be best if all of them had Advantage drops behind their neck once a month.

I think if you took the time and money to safely enclose your backyard and let the one kitty come and go as he pleases (during the day) it would make him very happy and at the same time give you peace of mind that he's safe outside.

[This message has been edited by Chessmind (edited 03-02-2004).]

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dolly
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posted 03-04-2004 01:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dolly     Edit/Delete Message
Well I have taken him out a few times a day on the harness, hoping he would settle down, but as soon as he gets inside he cries at the door. It just seems to make him want to be out more. He is miserable and so am I. I am beginning to think that this is hopeless and he will never be happy here, even if I do let him outside. I am at my wits end. I was considering an enclosure but I honestly don't think that would make him happy if I went to the trouble and expense. He has no interest in playing or petting anymore, all he wants to do is go out. He's behaving like an un-neutered tom even though he's neutered. Is there any hope for us? What do I do with this cat??

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Chessmind
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posted 03-04-2004 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chessmind     Edit/Delete Message
You enclose your entire backyard and let him come and go during the day as he pleases. It's worth the time and money to see your kitty be happy.

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Katerina
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posted 03-04-2004 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Katerina     Edit/Delete Message
My mother has a screened off sun porch.

Although Blanche is an indoor/outdoor cat. She only spends 1/2hr outside a day, by her own choice.

She loves the sun porch and when she stays with my mom never asks to go outside.

So maybe you could try a small screened of encloser of some kind that all your cats could enjoy.

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FMgurl43
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From:fort myers, fl. usa
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posted 03-04-2004 11:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FMgurl43     Edit/Delete Message
i have had the same problem w/ th spraying b4 my cat that passed away almsot 3 years sgo had problem after problem w/ his bladder he would get the stones etc... u name it he neevr sprayed until he started having problems... also i have heard that if they r fixed b4 they r 6 months old they will never spray unless of medical problems my moms cat a long time ago got neuterd when he was a year old and sprayed all his life i have 2 males now simba and garfield that were neutered when they were 4 and 5 months and they have neevr sprayedor well i havent caught them soooo.... as far as the cat going outside its ur desion on what u wanna do... my cats have always been indoor/outdoor cats until 2 days ago when my one of my cats got hit (2nd cat in a month 1st one was lucky and had a broken pelvis) now they r inside cats until we can biuld like a pin type thing in my backyard we have a really high fence now that they usually dont get out of but we have dogs in the neighboorhood that dig holes under it...im not to crazy about the idea of them being outside 4 the same reasons that u r my cat jason had gotten aids... i have had cats sick from catching birds and skinks i think they r called my personal opinion is there is to many things that they can get into... i have had a neighbor try and posion one of my cats 4 years ago ... o i mean i would definatly fence in ur yard etc... if u want the kitty to go outside.... good luck....

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