questionshow do you keep your indoor cat indoors?


Growing up we had a garage. We knew the cats would dart out when emptying the car from grocery shopping, so we shut up the garage and let them wander in there for an hour or two. They'd get bored and come back in, and after an hour we'd just go and get them.

If that's not your situation, I'd suggest just being ready. Make sure you aren't carrying a lot and if you're going to be, go in first when you aren't, catch kitty, and put it in the bedroom or something. Like if you're going to be in and out, that'll let you get everything in the door before kitty darts outside.

It's a tough habit to break once you let it form though. Expect to be fighting it the rest of kitty's life. But open windows once in awhile, let kitty smell the outside, and play with kitty more. That helps put some of those restive tendencies to rest.


Make a "Sssssssst!" noise and put my foot in their face when I go in the door. It works 95% of the time. Otherwise we keep the door shut.


Shock collar. Works like a charm. :)

Just kidding really. Our worst, we waited until a crazy downpour, and let him run straight out into it full speed. He stopped like he'd hit a brick wall and bolted back inside. Since then, strangely, he doesn't want to go out.


Not sure what tricks you're talking about, since my cat possesses no magic :-) I keep mine in by keeping the doors closed. Seems to work!

My guess is you may have to just keep an eye out to make sure the cat doesn't try to bolt out.


My baby kitty seems to be getting more interested in the outdoors - and figuring out if he can escape. So far he has only made it out onto the porch once and I caught him right away. That was in the early stages before we recognized that he was trying to make a break for it. Now, as @figgers3036 suggested, every time I go to the door I expect that he or the other cat (or both) are going to be trying make a break for it. I have a covered porch, so I keep a small table outside by the door so I can set down anything I'm carrying. I block the door with my foot at the bottom and nudge any escapees back in. I am prepared to grab them. They listen to me pretty well and neither of them have known the outside, so I have less of an uphill battle. If they get worse, I plan on keeping a spray bottle of water on my outside table so I can use that to keep them at bay.

Do you have a window perch or anything like that? Maybe set that up opposite from the door to keep the attention away.


We've had three cats in the last few years.
One would duck and run away when shot by the water pistol.
The next- would just duck a little, and crawl quickly.
The third is a feral rescue, and I believe she grew up avoiding sprinklers in an industrial area. HATES water, and she knows not to attempt anything if she can see the water gun.
So try the water gun, and get your inner Pavlov together.


@lumpthar: i actually do this and my cat will just sit right in front of the door jam, my wife comes in and doesn't do this and the cat will dart right down the front stairs for a few steps then pause in realization that he is actually outside...then sniff the grass


Keep her indoors using all the other suggestions, PLUS take her outside in a kitty holster so she still gets to go out, just safely. I got mine on amazon, recommend it.

I have two, one in in each size, because my cats range in size from 9# to 16#. The small/med is still a tiny bit large for my smallest cat, but still secure; the 16# cat is the only one who wears the med/large. Yes, ~ $25 is a lot of money for a kitty harness, but this is the only one I felt was secure enough, and it really is secure. They have the good, strong velcro, not the cheepo stuff, and there is a lot of velcro, both at the neck and across the abdomen.


Just some simple advice, time your going out with kitty's feed time. While she is eating, leave. The one thing indoor cats love more than getting out is food. Although, your cat seems smart enough to figure out your patterns and come up with creative ways to escape. You might need to switch it up later, but I doubt it will be necessary.

I would suggest a collar with your name and number for the new place if you don't already have one. I don't think getting one of those RFID tags is necessary, but that's also an option.


Also, maybe get a few house plants (that you don't mind her eating) to partially help quell that quest for nature. For example, when one of my indoor cats got outside, he would immediately go to a dirt patch we have in the yard. It gets no sun so it was wet all the time and he would just lie down and roll around in the dirt. He would do that for a few minutes and then explore for a few more minutes before going back to the front door. I assume he just wanted to taste and smell the wet dirt and grass for a few minutes.

At a certain age he stopped trying to get out of our not fenced yard area. He knew that the farthest he could go was the front edge of the yard so he would stop there. He would actually wait patiently for us to open the door for him to go back inside. I bring this up to suggest that maybe with age, cats are less curious about the world outside and settle for the comfort of indoor living. Maybe it won't be a deal for very long. Good luck.


You can get cage type things that sit outside your window like an air conditioner. You can also go all out and get a kitty run if you have room.

My two have snuck out but most of the time they will stop if they are told a firm no. I have an enclosed front porch and we allow them to play there sometimes. It is at least new windows to look out and a sniff of fresh air under the storm door.

I watch them as I leave to see if they are going to try to go out on the porch when I open the door. They pounce right out if told come on instead of no. If I am not watching sometimes they scoot out without permission.

You should video your escapee. Sounds cute, bratty, but cute.


Lotsa great advice. Thanks everyone :) Guna have to reread through it later.

@pattiq: I'll see what I can do :p here's a picture of her stealing my food for now.


Is she fixed? Sometimes that is the reason for the escapism.

Her behavior might change when you move (cats don't like moving, BTW -- try to be as considerate as you can with her adjustment)). I had a cat who was always trying to get out, though not as ferociously as yours. When I moved to a new place, she hid in the ceiling for a week and I thought she had been lost in the move. She never tried to get out at the new place (the door was at the top of the stairs and opened in, so there was nowhere for her to lie in wait), but she did get up in the ceiling a lot. Maybe that satisfied her adventurous rebel spirit.

Your story of antics brought a smile to my face, and remembering my now angel-kitty brought a few more. Thanks and good luck!


Let her out when it's pouring rain or when it's cold and snowy. She won't like that. Or let her stay by an open window and have the birds taunt her. haha. It works pretty well for my cats. The best trick is the rain though. My cat freaked when he got his paws and fur all wet.