Jump to content

Should we get them harnesses?


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 andthethreebears

Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:18 AM


We have two adorable rescue kittens which we adopted in early October so they're just under five months old now. They're brother and sister and have been kept 100% inside and seem very content with the arrangement. They're always curious when I open the external doors but don't try to get out.

Last weekend some friends came over and I didn't realise they'd left the front door wide open  ffear.gif . I was horrified when I looked down our long hallway to see the little girl kitten sitting in the open doorway staring out at the front street. I called out quietly to my daughter who was in the front bedroom hoping she may be able to sneak up and grab her but the next thing I knew, our 20 month old Golden Retriever went bounding down the hallway like a lunatic  oomg.gif . I was incredibly relieved that the kitten's response was to do a U-turn and run back into the house and into a bedroom (thank God!).

I had been thinking of getting them a harness each for Christmas so we could take them out in the backyard to play occasionally but now I'm not so sure. Will that just raise their interest in going outside? Are we better off just having them 100% indoors? Is it cruel to do so? There's no way I can afford a cat run at the moment and there's no logical place to put one anyway (which will get shade, etc.) so it's either the harnesses or no going outside. What do you think is the better option?

Also, we're on a corner block with relatively frequently used roads front and side, so no way will they ever be allowed to roam outside at all.

Thanks for your advice.

#2 The Old Feral

Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:33 AM

My cat was 6m and had always lived inside when I adopted her, and like yours, she seemed content with that.

Once I got her a harness and started taking her out the back for a play, that all changed! She's now obsessed with getting outside. Sits at the back door and howls, tears at the flyscreen, if you open the door so much as a sliver she's there, trying to squeeze out.

It's a total PITA quite frankly, as she's a cheeky girl who knows when you're trying to catch her and bolts, so getting her back inside is a nightmare. I wish we'd never introduced her to the great outdoors!

#3 andthethreebears

Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:39 AM


Thanks TOB - that's exactly what I'm afraid of! Wondering if I should leave well enough alone. At the moment, they seem quite afraid of the great outdoors, perhaps we should keep it that way.

#4 Bluenomi

Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:44 AM

We've got one for our indoor cat. It actually helps, she's so used to only being outside on a lead that on the odd occasion she escapes, she thinks she's still on it and doesn't go far. She goes nuts when you get it out, she loves going out to eat the grass but otherwise doesn't try and get out.

She does sit at the back door and mieow when I hang out the washing but that's because she's convinced I've forgotten her, not because she wants out!

#5 robot sm

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:22 PM

Our cat has always been indoors as we lived on a main road for years.  All his life he's been obsessed with getting out, at our old place he managed to break a window screen and get in the back yard, we hadn't realised until DH looked out the back and there he was, next to a mangled pigeon, his nose covered in blood!  ERGH gross.

Anyway since we moved to a quieter location, we have a harness for him and have let him wander our small courtyard wearing it, but also have let him out on his own as long as someone else is out there and can grab him if he gets too close to the top of the fence.  At this stage he still moves slowly out there and is generally happy just to lay in the sun.

I think cats will always be curious about what's outside, especially once they are totally happy/comfortable/bored with everything inside.  We try to give our cat some outside time, but never when we aren't able to keep an eye on him.  And we keep his vaccinations up to date and have a course of flea treatments on standby too (he caught fleas from one adventure under our deck... damn cat!).

I think the best part of having him on the harness though is changing his name for that time to 'Johannes' - "Johannes, where's your harness??" etc.  Okay I'm easily entertained biggrin.gif

#6 YandiGirl

Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:32 PM

I have one older cat who occasionally goes outside on a harness. She often does a runner outside if she spots the door open.

I bought the three kittens harnesses alos, which they have used once or twice, but to be honest they're not especially interested in going outside, just peering out the windows and watching the world go by.

If they are happy inside, I wouldn't be changing the status quo.

#7 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:49 PM

Mine is 20yo.

Never been outside, so the world is safe from her ravaging claws and teeth.

I am sure she would have been a lot more persistent in her attempts to attack things outdoors (like the roo sitting on our front lawn one day - she could see it through the screen door) if she'd ever have been allowed out.

It won't harm them to remain indoors. original.gif




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Wet wipes linked to rise in allergic reactions

The government has issued a health warning after a rise in allergic skin reactions has been linked to a preservative found in some wet wipes.

Gay couple in their 80s first to wed in Dallas after Supreme Court ruling

Love may have won, but it came with quite the wait.

William Tyrrell's family marks birthday with cake and renewed appeal

The family of missing boy William Tyrrell will mark his fourth birthday on Friday making a cake to share with friends and family as NSW police renewed their public appeal for information on his disappearance.

What all parents should know about safe babywearing

A picture of Ryan Reynolds always gets the girls talking, and a recently shared photo has done exactly that - but this time, it's for all the wrong reasons.

Baby's head shape reveals potentially fatal condition

Thinking her baby just had an unusually shaped head, a mother was shocked to discover it was instead linked to a dangerous condition.

'Help - my toddler hits me!'

My toddler has started hitting when he gets frustrated, is feeling ignored, or just thinks it might be fun.

Why IVF success rates may not be what you think

Transparency, accountability and responsibilityare essential measures to protect IVF vulnerable patients.

On the 10th anniversary of my son's death

This day marks a significant day. Today marks 10 years since I lost my son Kai.

Owning a pair of nail scissors does not make me a hairdresser

It's been a whole year since sleeping in until 10am. A whole year since having a peaceful shower.

WIN A $500 VISA DEBIT CARD

Are you a parent, or are you planning to be? Tell us what you think and you'll go in the draw to win a $500 gift card!

Sexy time

Why you should get excited about scheduling sex

Unfortunately, the belief that sex should always be spontaneous is a myth. It just isn't.

Orphaned baby daughter Ayla wakes from coma

Former All Black Jerry Collins' critically injured orphaned daughter has awoken from her coma and is able to bottle-feed.

Dad takes miraculous catch while feeding baby

One American father has taken multitasking to a new level at a Cubs-Dodgers baseball game at Wrigley Field.

'Samuel is our firstborn, and he will never be forgotten'

Having lost their firstborn at one day old, the Carrolls were overjoyed to welcome their daughter Isobel into the world a year later.

The top 6 misleading parenting terms

From 'morning sickness' to 'the terrible twos', there are many parenting terms that are misleading.

When 'good' nannies go bad

While most nannies take pride in their work, there can be some who have a hidden side.

Woman hospitalised for skinny jeans injury

Beware: skinny jeans might be bad for your health.

Gauze seeding: the bacteria-breeding birth trend

A number of women having caesarean deliveries are now taking steps to give their baby a better 'microbiome' start in life.

Jimmy Fallon writes new children's book for dads

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's The Tonight Show, recently wrote a children's book about every father's secret wish for their baby's first word to be "dada" - not "mama".

28 names for babies born in winter

Looking for some baby name inspiration for a bub born during the colder months? Here are 28 options from around the world to consider.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

27 funny ultrasound pictures

Ultrasounds give you a look at your growing baby ... and sometimes what appears to their womb-buddy, or your bub in an amusing position.

The horrible act that sparked a brawl at child's birthday party

The uncle of the seven-year-old girl at the centre of the brawl at child's birthday party in Sydney's west has described the events leading up to the alarming show of violence.

Babies 'benefit from iPads at a young age': study

More often than not, you'll read that screen time for children should be kept to a minimum - but some scientists are now challenging this way of thinking.

Do mums really just obsessively talk about their children?

Natalie Reilly describes three main types of conversations mothers have. And, surprise, they're not all about kids.

Why some dogs might attack babies or young kids

A baby's smell, the noises it makes and even its gaze can contribute to the potential for a dog attack.

Mum demands refund for 'beargina' christening cake

It was meant to be a tasteful cake to help celebrate a three-year-old's christening.

5 things no one warns you about after giving birth

How many times have you been warned about all the sleepless nights you have to 'look forward to' when you become a parent?

Police officer sang nursery rhyme as heartbreaking photo was taken

A police officer arrived at a devastating scene on Thursday: a car crash resulting in all passengers being thrown from the vehicle.

Don't worry, working mums: Just leave Dad in charge at home

Want to open the boardroom doors for women? Encourage - heck, praise - dads who stay home with their children.

Hilaria Baldwin shares post-baby selfie

Just two days after giving birth, actor Alec Balwin's wife posted a post-baby picture on social media.

'Help - my child won't ever do what I ask!'

Compliance is part of the parent-child relationship, but so is resistance. It's all natural.

Postnatal depression support gets $23 million boost in NSW

The Baird government will include $22.8 million in Tuesday's NSW budget to expand a program designed to help parents at risk of postnatal depression (PND).

'I'm just as tired, scared and stressed as you': stay-at-home dad's plea

I'm really lucky to have two great kids, but I found it really tough with so much being aimed at the mothers and not the fathers.

6 tips for transitioning back to work after baby

Mums returning to work - and yes, dads too - aren't the same as when they left. But that doesn't mean they're not as good as they once were.

Couple reveals pregnancy with epic Britney Spears parody

How do you create an original pregnancy announcement and gender reveal? You turn to Britney Spears.

The truth about birthing a big baby

When told that they are having a 'big baby', many women have a lot of fears. But those fears are often unfounded.

Eight months pregnant and addicted to eating soap

This bizarre snack takes the cake (of soap) when it comes to weird pregnancy cravings.

Can you spot the drowning child?

Can you spot him in the video? The child who loses his rubber ring, panics, and then almost drowns? It isn't easy.

Noodles, peanuts, wee wees and lady bits

Yes, I know it's silly. I know all the advice from experts is to use the right terminology from the moment your child can talk. But I just can't.

Mum's brave battle for unborn triplets amid cancer diagnosis

Bree O'Malley has a cancer diagnosis, a rare blood condition, kidney and liver failure and other complications. And she is pregnant with triplets.

 

Win $500

WIN A $500 VISA DEBIT CARD

Are you are parent or planning to be? We want to know what you think - let us know and you'll be in the draw to win a $500 gift card.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.