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Bringing Outdoor Kitties Indoors for Winter

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen you are in the middle of winter, it is too late to find ways to bring those outdoor kitties in. This is a process of growing trust that must happen gradually and must mean that they are brought in a bit at a time. That means essentially that you want to begin the process of bringing outdoor cats inside when it is still warm outside and when you can get them to come inside at a comfortable pace. Start by getting them to come inside for food. We all have those cats which we are feeding in the year round which need our special attention as well such as those cats which are wild, have no homes, or just need more love.

When you are ready to start getting the kitty ready for the indoors remember the first thing to do to make that happen is to start feeding the cat indoors. Once the cat is used to coming indoors for food it will feel much better about coming indoors for all other things. Start by putting out the food so that the cat can come through the door at its convenience and can then get used to enjoying its food inside the house. Once the cat is inside you can then leave a window or door open to make sure that the cat is able to get in and out of the house. If something happens that you feel that the animal is becoming more at home, try closing the door and letting the kitty get used to its new surroundings.

The cat will look around and will explore all the new nooks and crannies which are available to it once it has been brought inside. That means that the cat will feel at home and will soon realize that inside the house is a place that is nice and safe. That also means that the cat will feel right at home with getting used to eating indoors. When something happens that the cat is used to the indoors you will then be able to move forward with taking the cat inside on a regular basis.

When you have the cat inside make sure that you play with it, and make sure that it feels at home with you. You will be able to spend time with the cat just getting to know it and it will then become comfortable with coming and going as it pleases. One thing that you must remember is that feral cats build trust over time and for this reason it has never been more important than now to make sure that you are building the relationship with the cats as early as possible so that by the time that you do bring the cats indoors you will be bringing in a friend who is completely comfortable with the process. When you bring in the kitty he or she will be ready to be a member of your family and will feel completely at home. Relax and know that you are doing the right thing both for the cat and for your conscience.

Many animals freeze to death in the dead of winter because of the poor conditions outside, and for that reason, even if they are your adopted pets, keep them inside. You will be very happy to know that there are options out there which will allow you to be able to keep the pet safe and healthy as well as keep him or her inside and warm.

When you are setting up for bringing in a cat from outside make sure that you are planning also on setting up all of their favorite toys so that they will be well entertained while they are making their winter home in your house. By planning all of the details like a warm bed, plenty of food, and other items you will be able to care for your cats as if they were your own children and they lived with you all year. Plan on getting ready to have your house guests with you for as long as possible so that you will be able to make it a winter to remember with all of your furry friends as well as your regular family and friends, they will be guests in your home. Animals are always loyal and will provide some of the best companions over time for anyone. Plan on spending as much time as you can with your guests.

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