|Originally posted by Jayne
4 weeks ago I adopted two three year old cats from my brother. I like cats to go outside, but these cats seem not to want to go out. When they do go out, thet don't go beyond the garden and have been scratching the back door to come back in. They are very nervous One is a male, the other a female. Will they get used to being outside and settle down, or can anyone suggest anything to help settle them in?
Like you, I believe it is natural for cats to want to go outdoors. But, it's also true that a cat can have a perfectly happy life without that experience -- so, if your cats don't want it, why force the issue? By all means, leave the option available to them -- though, not unsupervised, until you know they know where home is. If they exhibit a curiosity, watch them until you are confident of that. If they don't, then just top up the litter box and install a cat tree. They'll tell you what they want.