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hi, my aunt has recently moved home and is not allowed to take her one and a half year old cat with her so i have addopted him. he is used to being a outside cat. when would it be  safe for me to let him out, as i am worried that he will try to find his way back home. he has only been with me for 3 days. is there anything i can do to prevent him going back home. thanks for your help x

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Hi
the recommended time to keep a cat in when it moves to a new home is about 3 weeks if at all possible. this gives the cat time to become familiar with his new home, pass his scent into it and to generally feel secure there. After which time the first time he is let out should be supervised. Ie go out and sit with him in the garden for a while, then try to get him to come back into the house with you. This will reaffirm that this is his home now.
However there are no guarantees that he will will not wander off, but as long as you have provide him with lots of affection, good food and a warm home then their is no reason to say he won't come back. My sisters cat wandered off for 9 days but he returned on his own.

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I can answer most day to day cat problems encountered by owners. I have a good understanding of cat behaviour and problems which may arise from changes to their daily routine. I can advise on cat training including litter training and general day to day cat care issues. I am not a vet and therefore cannot answer medical questions.

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I run my own cat website at http://www.our-happy-cat.com and have been a dedicated cat owner for over 20 years. I have encountered many different cat problems and situations and feel that i have a good understanding of cats and cat ownership.

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