Originally Posted by UglyCoyoteNG
Unfortunately, they are mostly better fighters than him so in the past three months we've had to take him to the vet three or four times to have an "overnight" to get an abscessed wound cleaned and sutured. We've decided, very reluctantly, to make him an indoor cat. He hates it!! I'm looking for any advice on what we can do to make him happy and still keep him safe.
We made our 10 year old cat indoor-only for the same reason.
It was so bad then when she was out, but would see a neighbor kitty she would actually tremble and run to us for "help" - no matter what the other cat was doing. It wasnt easy for us or her, but her safety was worth it.
Make sure there is a perch place that is all *his* by a window. Put a birdfeeder ini front of it. Lots of fun with that!
My dad let her out in the morning when he got up first to graze on grass as he called it. She enjoyed it and didnt go far. It lasted less than 5 minutes then she went right back in. We also leashed her and tied her to the railing when we were on the back porch. She would just hang out when we were there.
Have a set play time and work her vigorously. Not as good as outside...but it helped use her hunting energy up.
occassionally she would get free and run up the tree as high as she could - to say defiantly Ha! Ha! Can't get me now! We just waited her out.
Eventually, as she got older, she had less and less interest in going out to roam freely.