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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
We have 2 male kittens (brothers), who are 17 weeks old called jasper and riley.

We are at sometime wanting to let them out to play in the outside world but were wandering at what age should this be done and are there any tips or advice on making sure they come back !!

We are gradually letting them out the front door and wander very close to the the path and the same in the back garden, they love sniffing around and watching birds etc, but we are always on guard ready to pounce on them if they wander too far.
They have both had all the injections and are due to be 'done' next week.

In the house they are very loving, love to play and be handled, so they obviously feel very safe and loved, but any advice on the above would be a great help.

Thanks
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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1 Like #1
"Going Out For The First Time"

This is normally after a couple of months' confinement for a small kitten and should only be considered once the animal is thoroughly at home and relaxed in its new environment and with its new people and other house-pets. It is even better to keep the kitten indoors until after it has been neutered, if at all possible.

From arrival onwards it is useful to get the new kittens used to a particular sound; it will associate this with its food (eg a fork on a particular bowl, a bell, a whistle, keys rattling, shake of a box of biscuits). This sound can be used to call back the kittens when it begins to go outside. Also, let the kittens out when they are hungry so that they are motivated to come back fairly quickly - and then reward them with a favourite titbit. In the beginning you can put the litter tray outside when the kittens go out and also put some soiled litter onto the garden. That way the kittens will have their own smell in the garden and should be able to use it as a "landmark". Allow the kittens very easy access back into the house. Do not expect it to use a cat-flap straight away - if one is installed, peg it open to begin with.

It is a good idea to introduce your kittens to your neighbours before they go out so they know there is a new cat(s) in the neighbourhood. Also, take photographs prior to his going out, and keep them updated as they grow, just in case they go missing.

Hope this helps.
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First thought is that 17 weeks is quite young to be neutered. On the vets advice I left my kitten until about 6 months, the vet said they need to be as developed as possible for the operation to be free from complications. Other than that, at their age I think as long as they have easy access to get back in they will love going out and it must be so exciting to be a kitten going out for the first time!
1 Like #3
In my experience,having 3 moggies,they always come back to the place were they feel loved.......................and most importantly fed!

With tom cats,they do get wanderlust as soon as they are wanting to sow their seed,around 5 months onwards.They also want to spray their scent everywhere,so it's best all round to get their nadgers off(which you are doing).

My cats come and go as they please as we have a catflap.On a couple of occasions 2 of ours have not come back overnight,and yes I was worried,but they came back,probably got locked in somewhere after being too nosey!

So,don't panic too much,let them get to know their territory,look after them and feed them well and they will not want to go elsewhere.:)
1 Like #4
Congrats on the new kittens :) We just got 2 before Christmas, both brothers as well, paddy and Murphy :)

http://fc05.deviantart.com/fs25/i/2008/042/8/a/Paddy_and_Murphy_by_dmccabe.jpg

Anyway ours are due for the *snip* after which they will be allowed outside (already have a cat flap from the previous cat we had (RIP GUINNESS)).

I think esclad has it covered really, as long as they are relaxed and comfortable at home then they will come back. Also letting them out before feeding is a good idea cos they are guaranteed to come back when their bellies rumble.

However there is no guarantee that some little old lady up the street wont start feeding them steak and things and they will quickly forget who you are (happened with my parents cat lol ).

Anyway we need piccies to see how cute these kittens are :)
1 Like #5
Don't forget collars too with tags on with u phone #.
I ain't sure if people get cats tagged like dogs?
#6
lol @ nadgers :)
#7
Mum2Connor&Cerys
Don't forget collars too with tags on with u phone #.
I ain't sure if people get cats tagged like dogs?



No no no bad idea!

Collars and Cats dont work, we put one on our last cat and she disappeared for 3 days, when she came back she was filthy and black and her collar was now round her neck and one of her paws.

they like to squeeze through gaps and if the collar gets caught on something they can get trapped.

Get them indentichipped instead.
1 Like #8
Great advice guys, thanks for all your comments and advice.

Also, while i'm here, jasper the ginger and white one, likes to sing and make a lot of noise. Whenever he jumps up, down, runs etc its as if he has music system in his paws it's hilarious.
We heard him walking down the stairs yesterday and evry step he took he made the noise...soo funny, I suppose you have to be there :)
#9
dmccabe
No no no bad idea!

Collars and Cats dont work, we put one on our last cat and she disappeared for 3 days, when she came back she was filthy and black and her collar was now round her neck and one of her paws.

they like to squeeze through gaps and if the collar gets caught on something they can get trapped.

Get them indentichipped instead.


Yeh see your point but why sell them then? Nearly every cat I see got a collar on too,never owned a cat by way but yeh chipped be better by sounds of it.
#10
dmccabe
No no no bad idea!

Collars and Cats dont work, we put one on our last cat and she disappeared for 3 days, when she came back she was filthy and black and her collar was now round her neck and one of her paws.

they like to squeeze through gaps and if the collar gets caught on something they can get trapped.

Get them indentichipped instead.


We had them chipped a few weeks ago as well. The vet injected them, scanned them under a barcode scanner like in tesco and up pops riley and jasper on the database :w00t:
#11
Might also be worth looking into pet insurance if you not already covered.
#12
Good question to be honest I dont suppose it happens to all cats, but it happened to ours the day we put it on her and happened to our mum and dads cat who was lost for 3 months, when he came back he stunk and his colllar was under his leg and it had all started to rot into his skin, very messy.

The one we put on our old cat was one of the elasticated types so it was on too loose, is just must have snagged.
#13
Mum2Connor&Cerys
Might also be worth looking into pet insurance if you not already covered.


Yep all covered...good job really as they are always underneath my feet !!
#14
I would highly recommend collars and tags including one which says "i'm identichiped please scan me" which was given to us by the vet.
The police took my Felix after he got run over but because he was already dead they dont scan them - if he had still been alive they would have taken him to the vet and the vet would have scanned him
Just make sure you get one with an elasticated section.
#15
when i let my two kittens out (elvis and precilla) for the first time i took a tow out as they always chassed that, also mine have the collars wheich come off if they are caught on a branch or something, so in doubt allways have a few spare as they are likely to lose them freguently, Microchipping is a good idea tho especially if you watch the RSPCA shows around at the moment.

anyway good luck with your kitties

:)
#16
congrats on your new babies. i have 2 cats and have had other cats in the past. chipping is the way to go. a friend of mines cat died after hanging itself from a hedge with its collar. my last cat was run over but because he was chipped the vet scanned him and called to let me know, always better to know. sorry this is such a downer of a post.

good luck and enjoy the love they give you.:roll:
#17
supermum3
congrats on your new babies. i have 2 cats and have had other cats in the past. chipping is the way to go. a friend of mines cat died after hanging itself from a hedge with its collar. my last cat was run over but because he was chipped the vet scanned him and called to let me know, always better to know. sorry this is such a downer of a post.

good luck and enjoy the love they give you.:roll:



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#18
dmccabe
Congrats on the new kittens :) We just got 2 before Christmas, both brothers as well, paddy and Murphy :)

http://fc05.deviantart.com/fs25/i/2008/042/8/a/Paddy_and_Murphy_by_dmccabe.jpg

Anyway ours are due for the *snip* after which they will be allowed outside (already have a cat flap from the previous cat we had (RIP GUINNESS)).

I think esclad has it covered really, as long as they are relaxed and comfortable at home then they will come back. Also letting them out before feeding is a good idea cos they are guaranteed to come back when their bellies rumble.

However there is no guarantee that some little old lady up the street wont start feeding them steak and things and they will quickly forget who you are (happened with my parents cat lol ).

Anyway we need piccies to see how cute these kittens are :)


ahhhhhh your cats are gorgeous,ive never seen a picture of two happier lookng cats you must be so proud,
im getting a new kitten in a few weeks time too,i have one cat called guinness who ive had since a kitten and his now 13 this year,hoping he will adapt and get on ok with new kitten we will be going for a female.
i just love that picture they look so content!!
lol richardx
#19
Aww that's a shame supermum3 :-( One of our cats has been missing for 3 weeks now and you can't help but think the worst, can you?!?! :-( How much did it cost to have your cats chipped honey?


Oh and enjoy your kittens smithyp!! Like real babies, they don't stay small for long!! :lol: :)
#20
sadiebabes
Aww that's a shame supermum3 :-( One of our cats has been missing for 3 weeks now and you can't help but think the worst, can you?!?! :-( How much did it cost to have your cats chipped honey?


Oh and enjoy your kittens smithyp!! Like real babies, they don't stay small for long!! :lol: :)


So true !! They get bigger, heavier and more cheeky every day !!! But they are adorable.
Both have different personalities but both are very loving and cute, will have to post some pics.
#21
Any pics yet smithyp? :)
#22
sadiebabes
Any pics yet smithyp? :)


I setup an account on photo bucket last night but didn't get chance to post any kitten pics.
I will try and do some tonight.
#23
jcrulesfootball
ahhhhhh your cats are gorgeous,ive never seen a picture of two happier lookng cats you must be so proud,
im getting a new kitten in a few weeks time too,i have one cat called guinness who ive had since a kitten and his now 13 this year,hoping he will adapt and get on ok with new kitten we will be going for a female.
i just love that picture they look so content!!
lol richardx


They are very happy little kitties (apart from Murphy who fell in my gf's bath last night, he did not look happy then lol.

Having 2 I think works better than one as we are out all day at work, so we can be happy knowing that they can keep each other company at home.

Hope you kitten brings you lots of fun and love :)
#25
Little babies which were scared stiff when the house started trembling last night !!
#26
They are so cute in that first pic I just wanna cuddle them.

Mine are getting bigger and bigger all the time and just look like proper cats now :/

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