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I did this gradually with mine. I took them outside on harnesses, which they detested, so it got to the point that they were like, "No thanks, we'd rather stay inside than deal with those @#$% harnesses".
Also, a kitty water fountain, some cat grass, catnip, and lots of toys helped a lot, as did turning them loose in our basement to hunt mice.
You are such a good person for helping this cat! She will adjust, just give it time.
What about a catio? (A patio for cats.) I was able to put dog run fencing next to my house, and put a cat door in a window. My cats would much rather be roaming the great outdoors, but they love to hang out in their catio. I put a few plants out there and an old cat post, and they spend a large part of the day there. They still will sneak out an open door if they get the chance, but they aren't as urgent or determined.
In my experience, outdoor cats who want back outside don't stop trying to get outside. Not a very helpful comment, and maybe there are cats less opinionated than the ones I grew up with and currently have.
What do you do in the winter?
I am staring to get more and more nervous about this. I really cannot have this be a problem for the next 15 years. Any chance she will calm down after being spayed?
Wife to DH (06/09/01), Mother to DS (04/10/06) and rescuer of dachshunds ~ and that our arrived (06/10/11) safe and sound. Love our little one ~ and
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