I am planning to get married next year and I will be moving into my fiance’s house. We’ve been working on ways to blend our households, and it all seems to be working out, except for my two cats. I’m hoping y’all can come up with some fresh ideas because I’m just about out.
For the sake of conversation, let’s pretend that the cats will go along with whatever the people decide is best for them. :dubious: Here’s the problem. I want to keep my cats. At this time, they are allowed both indoors and out. They are both neutered, and have all their claws, which they sharpen mostly on their favorite chair, but also sometimes on the carpet.
The neighborhood my fiance’ lives in is very dog friendly. Most people seem to have them, and are frequently out walking them (rarely on a leash). I have seen one or two cats, sitting placidly on the steps of their houses, but my kitties don’t do a whole lot of placid step-sitting when they’re out. My fiance’ (I’m already tired of typing that…let’s call him “Dave”, because that’s his name.) Dave has a lovely house with a big screened-in porch (good) and Berber carpet (bad, if your kitties have claws.)
I am trying to figure out if I should make the kitties all-indoor, all-outdoor, or let them come and go freely.
Indoors: The carpet problem. Also, Dave likes to open his sliding doors on nice days. It seems unlikely that I could ever keep them from getting out, especially since I know they’re going to try.
Outdoors: Dogs, pooping in other people’s nice yards, etc.
I read the recent thread about Soft Paws, so that’s something to think about…can any of you tell me about outdoor runs, or are there any other options I can try?