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My cat doesn't use a litter box - he is an outside cat. He pees on everything (sprays, actually) he can get near - it just happens to be my stuff when my garage door is open. Even though he is neutered, he sprays everything all of the time. My vet suggested hormone shots. I just put up with it. I might try the hormones....anybody familiar with this approach?<br><br><br><br>
BTW - he gets very good care. High quality food (because one of the other of the cat crew has crystal issues), flea treatments, worming and all other medical necessities.<br><br><br><br>
I got him at a no kill facility and, at that time, thought that it was "cute" that he liked to play "rough". Unfortunately, he grew up unaffectionate and mean. All in all he has a great life. I just wish that he was a nice friendly cat that WOULD snuggle.<br><br><br><br>
That's life. You can have him if you want him, but if you don't, he's perfectly happy where he is.
 

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I honestly believe that an outdoor life is no life for these kinds of cats (ferals are different to some degree). As we've seen here there are a lot of cat haters and some will go so far as to poison them, not to mentions cars that hit them, elements that freeze or burn them, other animals that will attack and possibly kill them and parasites that literally eat at them. How can one believe that any cat is happier where he is? Inside cats in loving homes fear falling off the couch if they startle from a deep sleep.<br><br><br><br>
So, absolutely I will take him if I can - where do you live?
 

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This cat lives in San Antonio, TX. He has been outside for 4 years. We don't have freezes here, and the garage is always open if the weather is bad. We live in an older neighborhood that is very safe for animals. The worst thing that has happened in the 12 years that I have lived here is that the dog pound took 2 of my Chihuahuas off of my front porch! I decided that they obviously needed the money, as they were wearing complete tags. Remember that all of the neighborhood cats are treated for fleas regularly as well as all other parasites (we have one cat that sort of belongs to my neighbors and us - I usually treat that one for fleas and worms when I do Monster). He is current on all shots, tags, etc. If you want him, he is yours. He comes in occassionally, but doesn't like it in the house. Perhaps you can change his mind. His name is Monster. I would be happy for you to have him, or someone else where he will go to a nice home. I am hoping to move to HI within the next 18 months, and I wasn't sure what I was going to do with our pets when we move. HI has strict regulations and quarentines. I know that we'll take the Chihuahuas, but I was not planning on taking Monster. I was probably going to just "give" him to one of the neighbors, or to my friend who will, in all likelyhood, move into my house so that his territory wouldn't change.<br><br><br><br>
Just FYI. We have never had any pets hit by cars or abused in this neighborhood. We have private security, and a very neighborly community. If I believed that he was going to be in any danger, I would certainly change his situation. I don't hate cats. I don't hate Monster. He just doesn't work for our family, and he was a poor choice on my part to get him. I would love for someone else to take him. I would love to find out that is really a wonderful and sweet cat.
 

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Sadly, I live in Southern Ontario and can't possibly make it to Texas. I would be willing to devote some time to finding a rescue group that would take him in and re-socialize him if you feel his situation warrants it.
 

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Didn't you have your Chihuahua's on a tie out? I sincerely doubt they took them off your porch, especially if they were tied up. That just doesn't make sense. My neighbor lets her dogs out unsupervised, and not on a tie out or cable with no fence. She probably thinks they're boundary trained, and they almost always are, but every so often I find them wondering down the street a few houses down, and I'm very tempted to take them to the pound myself.<br><br><br><br>
I would recommend bringing your cat indoors and socializing him. Figure out what makes him happy (what makes him purr?) and do that kind of stuff for him. Get the hormone shots to control the spraying. The longer he remains an outdoor cat the more he'll revert to feral tendencies. Call the shelter that you got him from for advice on what to do.
 

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Some people who were working on my neighbors roof saw the whole thing. They LITERALLY took one of them as she was walking up to the front door. Forgive me, but I think that tying up a 3 lb dog is silly. I know that it isn't common, but several of the neighbors let their dogs out for short periods of time. Again we life in a safe, quiet neighborhood. It's sort of funny, actually. I'll be doing something in the front yard, and see my neighbors dog, Murphy, coming to say hello. Everyone within the few houses here knows everyone elses dogs. We pet each others dogs and play with them.<br><br><br><br>
There is no way in hell that I am bringing Monster inside. I have enough problems with keeping the house under control with a husband, a 5 year old and the 6 odd pets that we have. But thanks anyway.
 

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Some cats can't be indoors. When I was growing up we had a siamese that absolutely would not - under any circumstances - stay inside. It drove my mother to disctraction. Lovely cat - we adored her, but she sat at that door just waiting for an opportunity....... When she was out she was fine - she couldn't hunt because my mother put a bell collar on her - she just lounged outside until she felt like coming in. Everytime she came back my mother made us give her a bath and dip her (god forbid a grain of sand or dirt or a FLEA!!! - should enter the house hahaha). I remember feeling kind of sorry for her (the cat) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Birds get used to bells. They're not very effective, especially when the outdoors are already filled with a variety of soft and loud noises.<br><br><br><br>
We adopted Sammy in November of 2001. His previous "owner", my upstairs neighbour, had been leaving him outside 24/7 all year-round. The cat was 3-4 years old at the time we took him in and she'd never had him vaccinated. We'd been feeding him and looking after him for months, ever since she moved in upstairs. The final straw came after the second time I had to treat his wounds after bad cat fights and my neighbour wouldn't bring him to a vet. The first few months were rough, but he's gotten used to being indoor-only. We live at ground level with lots of windows and the cats have plenty to climb and scratch (we have four other rescues / shelter adoptees). We provide them with a rotation of toys, with cat grass and fresh catnip, with stumps to scratch, etc. Two of my cats are harness-trained, so when the weather is nice, I'll take them outside with me.<br><br><br><br>
I've watched someone have to put a cat-mauled pigeon out of its misery before and I've watched a sweet neighbourhood cat get hit by a car and die a slow death. Keeping my cats inside and only taking them out on leashes and when they're supervised are the only options I'm willing to consider.
 
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