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 Post subject: Zelda post surgery!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:32 pm 
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We were very anxious about having her put under but the surgery went well and she's acting like her usual self! The vet said she would be very sleepy but oh no she is leaping and bounding all over the place there's just no stopping our little one!!

Not long now and she can go out which is exciting but at the same time I'm a bit nervous about it :sad:
She is still very inquisitive and dopey but she can't wait to brave the outdoors!

What's the best way of letting them go out for the first time?


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 Post subject: Re: Zelda post surgery!
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:57 pm 
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Unless you have an outdoor area where your cat cannot escape, your kitty will find freedom wonderful and will want to be outdoors ALL the time. Having lost several outdoor cats over the decades, my Bengal is not allowed to roam outdoors by himself. He has a large, covered cat enclosure on our deck and I take him for walks (he's waiting for his walk right now) with a harness and leash. Right now, there is a Bengal missing on this forum. I can't imagine how worried the owners feel. Letting your cat outdoors is really a personal choice, but I know from experience, it doesn't always end well. I'd much rather know what happened to my cat instead of still wondering and looking for him eight months later because I don't know. I let him outside one early morning and he's never returned! I'm still heartsick over it even though I have the Bengal now. But, I learned my lesson and I literally get sick to my stomach when I see kitty cats who are missing and the owners who are desperately trying to find them. Glad your little one recovered easily from surgery. Personally, if you really want your little one to go outside, please train her to walk with a harness and leash and take her for her walks.


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 Post subject: Re: Zelda post surgery!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:28 am 
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Hi,

First off its good to hear that she has been okay after surgery and is obviously feeling okay, you must be so relieved!

I'm going to have to agree with the outdoor enclosure in regards to letting your girl out. I have lost a cat before to the outdoors, she ran into a backyard and was attacked by two dogs. We had to have her put to sleep as a result of her injuries. This was back in 2008, but i still miss her every day. After this experience i decided that if and when i got another cat, it would be kept indoors only. Roughly 3 months ago i adopted a retired queen, who is a Bengal and is 2 1/2 years old. When visiting the breeder i noticed the outdoor enclosures and once i bought her home, we decided to make one. We now also have a 12 week old Bengal boy who will be using this for outdoor time as well as being leash trained.

They are actually not that expensive when put into perspective. The average price for a good quality Bengal is in the thousands, and the enclosure that we have created cost us roughly $700. I know prices of materials differ within different countries, as do the costs of a Bengal, but after losing a cat to the outdoors i could not bear to let any of mine out without supervision in an enclosed area.

In saying that though, i know of many people who let their cats roam free and they do live happy healthy lives. Please don't feel like anyone here is saying all cats need to be enclosed, as this is a matter of opinion, and everybody feels differently towards this subject. This is just a way to ensure your fur baby is safe and that you will always know where she is :biggrin:


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 Post subject: Re: Zelda post surgery!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:13 am 
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SnowSwirl wrote:
In saying that though, i know of many people who let their cats roam free and they do live happy healthy lives.


It all depends on the area and the cat as to how safe it is for it to go outdoors. Some cats are adventurous and travel far from home, meeting all sorts of dangers on the way and others rarely go further than the back yard. Some places are highly dangerous with dogs, people, traffic, wild animals, hunters, game keepers, machinery and poisons - other places can be pretty safe.
Some areas are full of cats and that can mean fighting or it can mean home-body cats are forced to travel long distances to escape from other cats, putting them thus in danger.

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 Post subject: Re: Zelda post surgery!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:36 am 
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SnowSwirl wrote:
In saying that though, i know of many people who let their cats roam free and they do live happy healthy lives.


I've actually never met anyone like that to be honest. As a lifelong suburbanite, in every case that I've encountered, an outdoor cat means a short life and a painful end. Of the two friends of mine that lived more rural lives and had cats, one of them had their cat killed by a dog, and the other had her kitten carried off by an owl. I'm not doubting that such people, with such good luck, exist, but I've never encountered one.

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 Post subject: Re: Zelda post surgery!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:33 am 
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I do reside in Australia so things may be different here, as i am aware. Like i said, personally i would never let my cats free roam, though a few people i know do have free roaming cats that are 8-10+ years that are still alive and healthy. The people i know are just the exception to that though haha and yes, living in a suburban area does increase the risk.


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 Post subject: Re: Zelda post surgery!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:31 am 
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SnowSwirl wrote:
Hi,

First off its good to hear that she has been okay after surgery and is obviously feeling okay, you must be so relieved!

I'm going to have to agree with the outdoor enclosure in regards to letting your girl out. I have lost a cat before to the outdoors, she ran into a backyard and was attacked by two dogs. We had to have her put to sleep as a result of her injuries. This was back in 2008, but i still miss her every day. After this experience i decided that if and when i got another cat, it would be kept indoors only. Roughly 3 months ago i adopted a retired queen, who is a Bengal and is 2 1/2 years old. When visiting the breeder i noticed the outdoor enclosures and once i bought her home, we decided to make one. We now also have a 12 week old Bengal boy who will be using this for outdoor time as well as being leash trained.

They are actually not that expensive when put into perspective. The average price for a good quality Bengal is in the thousands, and the enclosure that we have created cost us roughly $700. I know prices of materials differ within different countries, as do the costs of a Bengal, but after losing a cat to the outdoors i could not bear to let any of mine out without supervision in an enclosed area.

In saying that though, i know of many people who let their cats roam free and they do live happy healthy lives. Please don't feel like anyone here is saying all cats need to be enclosed, as this is a matter of opinion, and everybody feels differently towards this subject. This is just a way to ensure your fur baby is safe and that you will always know where she is :biggrin:


Obviously it is your choice to make.

I think it depends quite a bit on where you live. We have just moved back from Southern California and I would never have considered letting my cat out there as the coyotes, birds of prey, or snakes would have worried the life out of me.

Now we are back home I still won't be letting her out, but I do think some cats can insist on being let out! I can only go by our last two cats who would do everything to be let out. We started by walking around with them in the garden and leaving our back door open when we were near. It just went on from there really. Will you have a cat flap? Are you in during the day? I think there are so many different situations that can make this work or not.

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 Post subject: Re: Zelda post surgery!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:41 am 
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SnowSwirl wrote:
I do reside in Australia so things may be different here, as i am aware. Like i said, personally i would never let my cats free roam, though a few people i know do have free roaming cats that are 8-10+ years that are still alive and healthy. The people i know are just the exception to that though haha and yes, living in a suburban area does increase the risk.


I live in Australia too, no way I'd let my bengal free roam. I saw a pic on Instagram the other day that summed it up. Someone had taken a pic of a gorgeous bengal on the footpath - someone else had written 'ooh quick, steal it'. Now I know it was a joke, however I also know that people will do this to free roaming cats. :cry:

It's a very personal choice and I'd never take that choice away. You just have to be prepared for what might happen.

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 Post subject: Re: Zelda post surgery!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:47 am 
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I must be the exception here my cats have always been outdoor (in at night) cats. My last cat lived to 17 and died from a tumour. If you decide to let them out start of with short supervised outings in the garden. Make sure she knows her name and will come when you call or whistle. Gradually over a long period of time let her stay out without you but make sure you call her back every now and then to check her returns. I always made sure mine went out on an empty tummy to begin with so you can use food to call them in. Now they come and go as they please.

Personally I have always got my current two to come indoors in the evening as I think the chances of fighting, drivers not being able to see them etc then become much higher. My other cat went out whenever he liked but never went far. I had a female years ago who did wander quite far.

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 Post subject: Re: Zelda post surgery!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:08 pm 
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Fenstar wrote:
SnowSwirl wrote:
I do reside in Australia so things may be different here, as i am aware. Like i said, personally i would never let my cats free roam, though a few people i know do have free roaming cats that are 8-10+ years that are still alive and healthy. The people i know are just the exception to that though haha and yes, living in a suburban area does increase the risk.


I live in Australia too, no way I'd let my bengal free roam. I saw a pic on Instagram the other day that summed it up. Someone had taken a pic of a gorgeous bengal on the footpath - someone else had written 'ooh quick, steal it'. Now I know it was a joke, however I also know that people will do this to free roaming cats. :cry:

It's a very personal choice and I'd never take that choice away. You just have to be prepared for what might happen.


That is why i would never let my two free roam either. And its not only the risk of being stolen, you also have the risk of being hit by a car and attacked by other animals eg. Dogs and other cats.

I do however respect peoples choices on wether or not they want to let their cats free roam, you're right in saying it is a personal decison. In the area of sydney where i live (which is not right in the city) we live in a very quiet estate and almost everyone here has free roaming cats. This is another reason why i wont allow mine outdoors.

And yes, you do need to be prepared for what may happen, as in some cases its not always good. As for my two though, they have outside time in an enclosed run, and they get daily walks. I would never leave mine to free roam, but everyone is different and i respect that.


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 Post subject: Re: Zelda post surgery!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:23 pm 
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Thank you for all your advice :biggrin:
I have to really think about this!
It won't be soon as fireworks night isn't far away and I would hate for her to be scared stiff and not come home!

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 Post subject: Re: Zelda post surgery!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:23 am 
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brianj12 wrote:
SnowSwirl wrote:
In saying that though, i know of many people who let their cats roam free and they do live happy healthy lives.


I've actually never met anyone like that to be honest. As a lifelong suburbanite, in every case that I've encountered, an outdoor cat means a short life and a painful end. Of the two friends of mine that lived more rural lives and had cats, one of them had their cat killed by a dog, and the other had her kitten carried off by an owl. I'm not doubting that such people, with such good luck, exist, but I've never encountered one.


Our last 3 cats, one died at 14 years old, did get run over chasing squirrels. His brother was almost 18 when we had him PTS and our rescue girl died at 17 when we had her PTS, she had an over active thyroid and cancer at the end.

All cats had free roam of outside. So it is possible for cats to lead long and healthy lives being let outside. However, they where general moggies. I know my bengals don't have the awareness to even go outside. I wouldn't want to let them out for many factors. If you actually look around these days. You barely see any outdoor cats roaming around whereas 15 years ago it was really common.


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