Why your indoor cat wants to go outside

by Renee Marie Jordan 10/09/2022

As a pet owner, it can be frustrating when your indoor cat wants to go outside. Constant howling, scratching at doors or bold attempts at escape can get tiring, and it’s hard to know what to do about it. 

While cats are perfectly capable of living healthy and fulfilling lives completely indoors, they can’t deny their natural urge to explore. Rather than risk your cat’s health and safety by letting them roam free, here is some info you can use to address the situation:

Why indoor cats try to escape

In addition to a cat’s natural curiosity and want to explore, there are some other common reasons why your furry friend might be trying to make a break for it. Your cat might be trying to get outside if:

  • They need more exercise or mental stimulation.
  • They want to hunt.
  • They want to find a mate (if not spayed or neutered). 

How to enhance the life of your indoor cat

The simplest way to keep your cat from begging to go outside is to actively play with them. Toys and games that encourage rigorous exercise, such as jumping and running, are the perfect way to help your feline friend blow off steam. 

Experiment with different types of toys to find out which your cat prefers - some are more inclined to playing solo, while others need more direct interaction. Catnip mice are great for indulging the hunter’s instincts, while “fishing pole” toys with feathered bait will encourage them to chase.

Safe ways to take your indoor cat outside

Depending on your home situation, you may have options for safely letting your cat outside. A small, enclosed backyard can be enough to satisfy their need for freedom as long as they have supervised access. 

Many cats tolerate or even enjoy wearing a small harness and leash. Even if they don’t want to go on a walk around the neighborhood, you can relax with them in your yard, knowing they can’t get too far away.

If you have the means, building a “catio” is one of the best solutions for keeping a happy cat indoors. These indoor-outdoor spaces give them fresh air and room for exercise while still keeping them safe.

If your indoor cat is clamoring for outdoor life, keep these tips in mind. While it might be tempting to give in and allow them to run free, keeping them inside will keep them healthy and safe. 

About the Author
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Renee Marie Jordan

Renee Marie Jordan is a Third Generation Realtor®, who started out her career in residential lending. Jordan Real Estate was established by her grandmother, Jean Kotwitz, who was one of the first female real estate brokers in Solano County! The company was then passed down to her mother, Diane Jordan, over 40 years ago. Renee Marie then took over the company 24 years ago and in 2015 joined forces with RE/MAX Gold.   

Regarded as one of Northern California’s most dependable brokers, Renee Marie has gained industry respect for creating a successful brokerage company. Renee Marie’s unique blend of negotiating expertise, innovative thinking and belief that the client always comes first, has resulted in an extensive client base with many satisfied homeowners. Renee Marie specializes in residential sales, first time buyers, short sale properties, luxury properties, investment properties, foreclosures, 1031 exchanges, and has been the HUD specialist for Solano County since 2009.   

Renee Marie gets to the heart of her clients wants and needs. She attributes a great deal of her success to the many referrals she receives from clients who appreciate the care and thoughtfulness she puts into every transaction. Friends and family members can count on the same excellent service when they are referred to Renee Marie.