5 Ways to Keep Your Cat From Escaping
Some cats aren’t fully satisfied with life inside and want to explore the outdoors. But it can be stressful trying to keep an escape artist kitty inside when they make a mad dash for the door each time it opens. Here’s how to teach your kitty to stop trying to escape.
While your cat’s outside, keep her on the leash and harness until you feel safe knowing she won’t stray. If you want to let your cat outside off-leash, you can keep her safely contained in the yard with the In-Ground Cat Fence. Help your cat associate one door with going outside. Pick a door you want your cat to use, such as the back door, side door, or whichever door you use the least. Put on your cat’s harness near that door and only let your cat out through that door.
Your cat should associate that door with going outside and stop darting for any open door. My cat Skittles had an in-ground fence in the backyard. She would go to the back door when she wanted outside, and I would put on her collar by that door before she could go out. She didn’t try to leave by the front door because she only associated the back door with freedom.
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Before you leave, use a treat to encourage your cat to move to their indoor comfort area, like a cat tower or cat tree. Give her a few more treats when she stays and toss her a few extra as you’re leaving. When you leave, she’ll be distracted and will eventually learn to ignore the door opening.
Another great way to distract your cat from opening doors is to encourage her to play with interactive and laser toys as you are leaving. These toys will entertain your kitty for hours while you’re away and help them completely forget about escaping.
With a barrier, your cat wears a special collar and hears a warning beep when she gets near the door. If she keeps going, she’ll feel a gentle, harmless static correction that reminds her to keep away from the door. It’s a safe, consistent way to teach your door dashing cat to stay inside.
• Post a note by your door that warns visitors to watch out for the cat before opening the door.
• Make sure your cat always wears a collar and tags.
• Keep your cat’s shots up to date, especially for rabies and Feline Leukemia.
• Give your cat monthly heartworm, flea meds and other preventatives.
• Protect your cat by teaching her to stay in your yard with an in-ground fence.