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gigglez8050 posted:

I let my cat go outside every day and sometimes at night. She doesnt use her litter box any more. She only uses the bathroom outside now should I potty train her again or should I not let her go outside. I am moving into a new apt and was wondering if I should still let her go outside and explore or keep her inside all day?
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4Watermonkeys responded:
At your new apartment, are there ordinances regarding pets running loose? In the city I live in, if a cat is running loose, even with tags, it's fair game for animal control. Also, since you'll have new neighbors, are you familiar enough with them and pets that they may have that you can ensure your cat's safety?
 
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Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Dear gigglez8050
Cats do like to prowl outside, but the safest environment for them is indoors. Indoors they will not be exposed to infectious diseases such as feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus. They can't get hit by cars indoors- so on a safety level, indoors is better. 4watermonkeys makes some good points as well. I don't think cats ever forget how to use a litter box - I just think your may prefer the privacy of the bushes in the backyard over her box.
Ann Hohenhaus


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