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Should I let my cat go outside, supervised?

My two cats have always been inside cats but one always wants to go outside and has been out a couple of times by bumrushing the door, quickly skirted inside. We've recently moved out to the sticks and I'm no longer worried about him getting run over. Should I let him go out as long as I'm out there with him?
I grew up in the country and all of our cats were outside cats occasionally coming inside... but this is the first time I've had cats that have solely been inside cats.

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The worst thing about letting a cat outside that is normally an inside cat is that they tend to all of the sudden not wanna listen to you any longer because they are just overwhelmed by all the new things around them....and then we all know what can happen after that....although a lot of inside cats are just freaked out to even be outside and don't really stray off very far......

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I'm not a fan of having my cat go outside. Plus u have to be careful of fleas and stuff and supervision isn't going to work because cats like to run and roam around you won't even know where they went until they're ready to come back in

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My cat would run away even with me watching him

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Well cats are intelligent and wild by heart so you don't have to be out there but make sure it is COMPLETELY safe for your cat. No stray dogs nor barb wire lying around. Make sure what ever you do, you let them outside to meet his needs an I have had my cats for 10 years and for 4 of them they were indoor cats but now they are outdoor and indoor.

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The outside world is a dangerous place. Our cat use to be an outside cat and loves to escape and roam around. But she's been declawed and therefor defenseless. Plus, there are a number of critters out there that would love to have a cat dinner. If you love your indoor cats, don't let them outside unsupervised.

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Up to you. But I have two different sisters with two dead cats that were let outside and killed. But yeah, I think if you supervise them, they'll be fine.

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No, they will explore and explore farther and father from your house and they have not developed the skills needed to wander the outdoors alone.

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Risky at best, fatal at worst. Your choice.

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I saw a program on this. Inside cats are not supposed to go outside. They are not familiar w outside and may get killed. Also they kill birds which are near extinction. My friend has a leash she puts on her cat when outside

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You could try a run line. It's a line that is off the ground between two posts that a leash is attached. Being off the ground makes it so the cat can walk back and forth without line getting tangled. The cat can be outside without running away and you can keep an eye on it.

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I have three cats -- strictly indoor cats. I have a harness and leash that I use to take them outside occasionally. They usually just want to smell things and nibble on the grass. An indoor cat does not have the necessary skills to survive alone outside.

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You are an excellent example!
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Ehh maybe you could try it out with a leash..? I'm not sure how a cat would react to that :P I guess it depends on the animal (or breed or whatever). My 2 chihuahuas are ok outside without a leash while supervised (like we can take them out to the front lawn to pee without bothering to put leashes on because we know they're not really interested in going anywhere) but it's a completely different story with our lab, who DEFINITELY needs a leash on because she will go running free the first chance she gets hah. I feel like a cat would be more like my lab, and would want to run free. I think this because I've had a cat that ran away (but came back, oddly enough hah) and friends' cats that have run away first chance they got. I don't think you can trust your cat with being outside to not run away. If he/she was already an outdoor cat, that'd be a different story but you don't really know what to expect with an indoor cat. So my answer is either no, or yes but with a leash (but I'm not sure if a cat would find that enjoyable or not lol I mean, there's probably a reason why you don't see a lot of people out walking their cats..?)

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Lol... oddly enough, this one doesn't mind having a leash on him.... just don't have one at the moment. I may try that once I buy one.
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I would go with a leash just to be safe! Unless you know your cat is a scaredy-CAT (ba-dum-tss lol) and that he will stay close & isn't the adventurous type, then maybe he'd be alright without a leash.
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No one's cat should go out unsupervised. Cat owners should be just as responsible as dog owners. I also believe they should either both require a license or both be unlicensed.

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Umm, I did say supervised....
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I know....I just wanted to vent a little about the unsupervised ones. sorry.
Btw, did you mean on a leash or just trying to watch them?
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You must have some well-trained cats if they'll come when called :)
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Well, my idea of supervised but not on a leash for this one is simply being within 5 feet of him while he's out there. He's gotten out several times and has never strayed further than 10 feet from the house.
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They're just like kids....can't take your eyes off them for a second ;)
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maybe like a little at a time

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No
Only because it has always been an inside cat-
Besides, like another stated ,
Foxes, eagles , hawks ,and even other
Wild cats would make short work
Of your pet !
but since you moved to the sticks
you could build an enclosure for the cat to be outside and still safe .

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