Does Your Indoor Cat Want Out?
Does Your Indoor Cat Want Out?

How to Get Your Indoor Cat Outdoors Safely

4 Ways to Safely Introduce Your Indoor Cat to the Great Outdoors.

You may have wondered whether your indoor cat would enjoy going outdoors once in a while. It is possible to open the door to outside activity while minimizing risk to your indoor cat’s health or safety.

While everything your cat needs for an active and healthy life is available indoors, you can give your cat a taste of the world outside the window—as long as you take the proper safety precautions.

Here are 4 ways to safely introduce your indoor cat to the great outdoors.

Outfit your cat for the outdoors. Even with safety precautions in place, it is always important to be sure your cat is wearing an ID tag with their name, your address and phone number. Also, make sure your cat is fully vaccinated, and is spayed or neutered.

Install a cat door. Give your cat an easy way to get back inside whenever the mood strikes them. Whether you install a cat door or leave a window cracked, giving them a way in and out when they need it will make their outdoor experience that much better—and that much safer.

Use a leash. Leashes aren’t just for dogs! Take your cat for a short walk so they can explore and see what the outside world has to offer, while remaining safely by your side the whole time. If they get tired, simply carry them back home.

Create a cat enclosure or playpen. Cats love climbing and jumping, but instead of having them climb and jump their way over your fence and out of your yard, give them a fun enclosure or playpen. Go from patio to catio with creative do-it-yourself designs like the examples below.

Use wire storage racks to create a large playpen that connects to a window or door for easy access. From CatandCaboodle.com.

Use wire storage racks to create a large playpen that connects to a window or door for easy access. From CatandCaboodle.com.


Attach wooden ledges to the side of your patio so your cat can scale the wall and get an elevated view of the yard. Close the space off with wire mesh. From CatioShowcase.com.

Attach wooden ledges to the side of your patio so your cat can scale the wall and get an elevated view of the yard. Close the space off with wire mesh. From CatioShowcase.com.


Build an outdoor cat house, similar to a chicken coop, enclosed in wire mesh and complete with ledges, cubbies and ladders. From WhiskerWatcher.com.

Build an outdoor cat house, similar to a chicken coop, enclosed in wire mesh and complete with ledges, cubbies and ladders. From WhiskerWatcher.com.


If your indoor cat has a hankering to go outside, following these tips will keep them safe and allow them to have an active and healthy experience in the great outdoors.


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