No one can say for certain, but the chances are good that your cat will come back if you let him outside. Cats are notoriously independent creatures, and they often have a strong wanderlust. If you live in an area where there are other homes nearby, your cat is likely to explore them while you’re away. However, he will probably eventually come back to your home because it’s the place where he feels most comfortable. If you live in a rural area, your cat is more likely to stick close to home because there aren’t as many places for him to explore. Either way, it’s important to give your cat plenty of time to adjust to your absence before you start worrying about whether or not he’ll come back. Chances are, he will. And if he doesn’t, you can always go looking for him. After all, he’s probably just out there somewhere having the time of his life. Who knows? He might even come back with a new friend in tow.
Cats are creatures of habit, and they usually like to stick to their routines. If you’ve been gone for a while, your cat may be a little confused when you first come back. He may not recognize you at first, but after a few minutes, he’ll probably remember who you are. And if he doesn’t, well, maybe it’s time to get yourself a new cat. One that will actually remember you when you’re gone. Sorry, but that’s just the way it is with cats. They’re not exactly the most loyal creatures in the world. But hey, at least they’re cute, right?
So, there you have it. Will your cat forget you if you’re gone for a long time? Probably not. But don’t take it personally if he doesn’t recognize you right away when you come back. He’s just a cat, after all. And cats really couldn’t care less about their owners, no matter how much we love them.
The risks of letting your cat outside
Many people think that letting their cat outside is harmless, but there are actually many risks associated with it. For one, cats can easily become lost or injured when they’re outdoors. They may also contract diseases from other animals or be exposed to harmful chemicals and plants. Additionally, outdoor cats often hunt and kill small animals, which can damage the local ecosystem. If you’re considering letting your cat outside, be sure to weigh the risks carefully before making a decision. Your furry friend will be much safer—and happier—if they stay indoors with you.
What to do if your cat gets lost?
If your cat gets lost, the best thing you can do is to search for them as soon as possible. Look in all the usual places they like to hide or sleep and ask your neighbors if they’ve seen them. If you can’t find them, contact your local animal shelter or humane society and file a lost pet report. They may have been brought there by someone who found them. Don’t give up hope – many cats are reunited with their owners after being lost for weeks or even months! Just keep searching and stay positive. Your cat will come home.
Personal stories about cats who have gone outside
When I was younger, my family went on a two-week vacation to Florida without our cat. We left her with a friend who agreed to take care of her while we were gone. When we got home, our cat was so excited to see us! She ran up to us and meowed nonstop. It was clear that she had missed us a lot.
On the other hand, my sister’s cat hates going outside. Whenever she takes him for a walk, he just sits down and refuses to move. He much prefers staying indoors where it’s safe and familiar. If my sister is going to be away for a long time, she always makes sure to find a place for him to stay where he’ll be comfortable and happy.
Tips for training your cat to stay inside
When you’re away for long periods of time.
If you’ll be away from home for more than a day or two, there are some things you can do to help your cat adjust to your absence and stay safe while you’re gone.
First, create a routine for leaving and coming home that includes plenty of affection and attention before you go, so your cat knows that she’s still loved even when you’re not around.
Next, leave out food and water bowls as well as litter boxes in different parts of the house so your cat doesn’t have to travel far to find them.
You should also provide toys and scratching posts to keep your cat amused, as well as places to hide if she feels scared or overwhelmed.
Finally, make sure to ask a friend or neighbor to check in on your cat while you’re gone to ensure that she’s staying safe and healthy.
Dr Alex Benjamin, DVM, is a veterinarian with more than 15 years of experience in Emergency Medicine. He has worked in both large and small emergency and specialty veterinary practices treating a variety of species. Dr Alex Benjamin is part of the review board. As Editor-in-Chief of vegasweims.com, Christian is delighted to be a part of the pro-cat movement.