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hi there. i have a question regarding my 7 yr old neutered cat, Smee. I found him as a tiny kitten in an abandoned parking lot, and i had him neutered young.
Over the years, he has made it clear he wants to be an outdoor cat. I am able to keep him inside for only short periods of time...otherwise he will scratch his way out of the window screens. Sometimes he will be gone for days but always looks in good condition( like his body weight, etc) My question is, i am moving to a new neighborhood, and i would like to know the best way to do this with him. I DO NOT want to just let him out the first night to explore on his own. im not sure how well feline instincts are...and he is my baby! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...thank you!!!

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Bianca,

Cats tend to be very, very territorial.  So, at first I would keep him indoors and let him go out supervised.  Once he adapts to the new territory, we will probably be OK to wander.

The best situation is if the new digs are well away from your current neighborhood.  Otherwise, Smee will end up showing up back at the "old" household.  In fact, if he does not come back after beeing let out, you will need to check with your old neighborhood.

You can always have a friendly neighbor be on the look out if Smee does not come back, just in case.

Another option to keep in mind is to leash train him ad take him on walks in the new area for a couple of weeks until you are pretty sure he has gotten attached to the new neighborhood.

Best regards... Norm.  

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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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