Cats have an insatiable curiosity that hones their problem-solving skills and gets them into trouble on a pretty regular basis. A cat in a house with nothing exciting to watch, do, or look forward to is likely to be a restless and unhappy cat. Boredom is a strong reason to hang out by doors and windows looking for the opportunity to try something new. Your cat isn’t trying to escape – she’s looking for a chance to explore!
Unfortunately, particularly in urban areas, fast-moving vehicles, ever-changing scents, and urban predators may turn an exploring expidition into a dangerous situation that kitty might have trouble getting out of. But there is a lot you can do to keep your feline friend busy and to prevent an escape into danger.
Make sure your (closed or screened) windows are accessible. While you’re at work, kitty can have a great time watching and even stalking squirrels and birds outside, so long as she has a comfy perch like a couch or a kitty condo to do it from. Speaking of kitty condos, there is no better place to scratch, hide out, play, and generally keep an eye on the house. Try putting some catnip toys on a condo for kitty to discover during the day. Cats are also trainable. Find some good training tips and stick to them, and kitty will learn that the door is not the coolest place to be.
If your cat does escape, be prepared. Even indoor cats need a collar with tags that have your contact information on them – especially indoor cats, since they will have the most trouble finding their way home. Jackson Galaxy also recommends that if kitty steps out the door in your presence, try not to panic, lunge, or scream; speak calmly and move slowly. And always have recent color photos of your cat available in case you need to make flyers.
So get your kitty habitat in order, then check out this amazing escape artist as he opens five doors in a row!