Ragdoll Cats Outside

Post Published on January 9, 2013 | Last Updated on January 9, 2013 by Jenny

I am not a huge fan of letting your cats outside without supervision and sometimes I wish I would have never allowed it – but my Rags really enjoyed his strolls in his later years:

And then I took Caymus and Murphy on the patio…and now Caymus still wants to go:

But sometimes they are hesitant:

And, of course, if you are a part of Floppycats’ Facebook, then you know Charlie and Trigg go outside:

As you can see in the first video, Charlie bounds through the snow – the joy of his bounding is what makes it hard for me to say no.

So…do you let your kitties outside supervised?


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20 thoughts on “Ragdoll Cats Outside

  1. supervisorsue says:

    I really felt for Eszti – maybe next time you have a discussion with someone about the pros and cons on outside/inside cats you should point out that cats are responsible for the decrease in birds. There are figures quoted on various UK websites about the demise of the House Sparrow, Robins, Wrens and cats get the blame! Our previous outdoor cats certainly had their own ‘tick’ lists and I remember Sharkey balancing in the tree at the bottom of the garden to get to a Greenfinches nest.

    We love Greece and its islands but to see the number of feral cats hanging round restaurants puts off a lot of tourists and these cats must die in the Winter when the visitors have gone, not a great life! If you mention neutering you would think you were taking away their own manhood!

  2. Betty says:

    My two guys only go out with supervision, and usually only in our community driveway,which is like a large closed off drive-way with gardens. Felix stays very close and won’t step into soil. Andy LOVES being outside and begs at the doors, tries to escape and cries when I say no (he adopted me from the street so he is pretty comfortable with dirt). The first thing he does is roll on the cement for an extended time. He is so smart. He understands that he must come when I call him (he loves to hide in one of my neighbors little gardens and watch the birds). He gets 2 pieces of Cat Chow for coming when I call him and he knows it. It’s a riot – I let him go all the way down and then I call him back. He gallops back – its that bunny-butt run. So funny. He also understands when I want him to stay in our garden – and he does.

    Sometimes he escapes out the front door…and he makes a bee-line for the same neighbors front yard. I can’t figure that out. On his stroll back hime, he checks out every garden along the way.

    When we were expecting Hurricane Sandy, I moved 2 window boxes into he garage. Andy, my dirty boy, decided that they made perfect litter boxes. He had me scooping the boxes for him for 2 months! I just dumped all the dirt (the urine smell finally convinced me) and turned the boxes over – outside. Now I am waiting to see his new effort to get dirty!

  3. Eszti & Phineas says:

    Sorry in advance for the upcoming wall of text.

    It’s a really controversial topic at least the way I see it. Are we talking only about supervised outside-time or freely being able to go in or out of the house?

    Either way, my apartment is on the 4th floor thus I don’t own a garden. I also live in the capital city of my country and in the downtown area so it is basically just blocks and roads and horrible traffic and crowddddd and such, nothing really green around there so obviously nothing enjoyable even on leash.

    Now on the other hand when I am visiting my parents who live in the suburban area I always think about the fact that there is the possibility to take Phineas outside. Then it comes to my mind that it’s not that good of an idea after all because then he will miss it when we go back home. So he remains an indoor only kitty.

    I am member of several forums that are in my language (hungarian) and many people here think that keeping a cat indoor only is basically “torture”. I try to explain why and how this is, but it is like yelling into deaf ears. What they mean is not supervised strolling, but letting your cat to go however he / she pleases in or out of the house. I try to ignore them but I think this is the majority’s opinion around here and it makes me sometimes so sad, like a little voice in the back of my head is telling me what if they are right and my cat can’t be as happy as he would be running free whenever and wherever he pleases, like I am taking something away from him.

    Now the reason why I am against it (among the load of risks that could shorten Phini’s life extremely), is because I grew up in a house where we had in-and outdoor cats who came and go however they wanted, and I did not feel not even once that I had ANY sort of connection with those cats whatsoever. This might sound selfish but I do believe that with indoor cats and cats that are outside only with their humans supervised way, forming a deeper bond is much more likely. I know my cat like the back of my hand , and frankly I had no idea that it is even possible. I love that he is there when I wake up in the middle of the night, that he “helps me” in whatever I am doing. None of the cats in my childhood wanted to be involved in things like my indoor-only cat wants to.

    I think he is a happy kitty, never once have I seen him missing anything, so this is how I cheer myself up about this all.

    I hope it is not a problem that I wrote this about freely coming and going when maybe the topic-starter post was only about supervised outside-time which I am all supportive of!

    Again, I apologize that this text turned out to be so long, I just had a heated conversation right now with someone who called me all sorts of names because I don’t let my cat experience the “adventures” of the outdoors so I am quite upset.

    • elizabeth says:

      I agree with you on keeping Phineas inside. Good for you to stand up to prevailing thought in your area. If a cat has been bred and born inside (for generations) I don’t think it would be the same as taking a previously outdoors cat inside. For sure they still have those instincts, and Heidi does try to get through the door a bit for a few days after a rare leashed outing. But my husband’s family has a farm, and let me tell you, those barn kitties have a rough life and only live 3-4 years. Plus, they get beat up a lot. Especially for a female kitty, I think they would be glad to get away from the relentless toms.
      If you play with your cat every day and give him spots to see outside, I think you have a happy kitty that would thank you.

      If you spend time playing with your cat every day and give him spots to see outside, I think you have a happy kitty that would thank you.

  4. supervisorsue says:

    Up until we got George we have had free spirited moggies (lovely ones of course!) But this Ragdoll is a completely different Kettle of Fish. My husband and I have had a few discussions about whether to let George out or not. Well lo and behold the very first full day of having him he climbed out the dining room window! Luckily he just flopped in the drive. We now take him out on a harness and lead, but they certainly go at one speed! sniff and sit, sniff and sit! do not try to hurry him up or he just flops. I have bought a long lead so that I can sit on the garden seat and let him roam, but it is Winter and I am the one not keen. We are now considering fencing off part of the drive and giving him a fairly long run, with a few pot plants for him to sniff at.

    As for flea treatment, we have always ‘Frontlined’ our moggies and George is no exception. We once had an infestation of cat fleas, they get everywhere, to the point we had to fumigate the bungalow!

    Such fun indeed!

    • Jenny says:

      Sue – Ha ha ha! George was like, “I’ll be the one making the decisions around here. These people are push overs!” And look now he has you fencing off an area for him – cats are so smart.

      Thanks for sharing!

      • supervisorsue says:

        Hi Jenny, I think ever since we saw this cat on the Internet site, we have had the word ‘mug’ stamped across our foreheads. My husband is as besotted as I am, you cannot see George with either picking him up or stroking him!

        It is like having a toddler in the house, you are frightened to death that they run off!

  5. Karen says:

    Such a fun topic. Yes we let our Ragdoll outdoors on a harness and leash because busy street out front and hawks in the backyard. I think he needs the protection–he doesn’t think he needs the protection. He has become a bit of an escape artist because of this love of outdoors and with me chasing after him into the back yard and visiting the neighbors gardens and play equipment. He also enjoys a ride in the pet stroller periodically. I could never simply let him out off leash, as he’d run (traffic and hiding in bushes from me.) We do use flea/tick protection because of this and also the large dog we have that’s in and out all day, the vet said she could carry the fleas/ticks in and even if the cat didn’t go out, he said treat because of the dog. (So ask your vets about that, if you have other pets in the house.)

    • Jenny says:

      Charlie acts like he is paralyzed when I have put a leash and harness on him. Makes me laugh actually – he also plays dead with it on. I feel horrible putting the chemicals on them.

  6. elizabeth says:

    We signed a contract with the breeder for Heidi to be indoors only. Having said that I do bring her outside about 5 times a year on a leash. She walks around like a puppy and lets me guide her. I only do this late Fall or early Spring, otherwise we would have fleas and they are tough to get rid of and the chemicals are dubious as well, so it isn’t worth it for only a few days out. She constantly sniffs the air. Are all Ragdolls big sniffers? Not only would I be afraid of loosing my little buddy outdoors because I wuv her, but she was a big investment!

    • Jenny says:

      Yes, I think my mom signed a contract with Rags to be indoor only and maybe Caymus and Murphy too. I don’t know about Charlie and Trigg, but I have sent photos of Charlie and Trigg outside to their breeder and she’s never said anything!

      Mine also sniff the air, but I think it’s just because they are only out there for a bit, so they just try to “Get” every smell that they can.

  7. Teresa says:

    Where I live, it is not safe to let my kitties out supervised or unsupervised because there is a busy highway nearby and also feral cats who can spread the deadly cat viruses. Because of that, my husband built them a kitty enclosure that they can access whenever they want. It is built onto the side of the house with their cat door leading outside. When they get outside, they are completely enclosed by a mesh and PVC pipe gazebo. It is really wonderful to know that they can have the best of both worlds and not be in danger!!! I even like to go out there myself because it is peaceful and they enjoy lounging around with me.

  8. Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom 101) says:

    We follow the British philosophy of allowing cats outdoors and believe the advantages outweigh the risks. We have a large property and the cats are trained and supervised.

    • Jenny says:

      Layla – are you British? Not sure if I knew that! I am also thinking about the benefits outweighing the risks. Do you use flea control?

  9. Kate M says:

    My boys are allowed to sit on the front porch, wearing their leads, when I’m out there with them. Sometimes we’ll take a walk around the yard – which really means that they wander until they decide to flop somewhere and chew on the lawn.

    I’ve considered getting a small portable shelter to set out in the lawn (still supervised, but a little less “hands on” for me.) With that, I could actually drink a glass of iced tea while I’m out there, instead of holding leads.

    Caesar LOVES to be out on the porch – he sits and stalks the deer. I told him that even though he was a very big cat the deer were still too large for him, but he refuses to believe me.

    • Jenny says:

      Yes, I have also considered getting an outdoor cat enclosure – but don’t think it would allow Charlie to bound around like he does.

      Oh man, Caesar stalking the deer sounds too funny! I would love to see that on video!

  10. Erica says:

    I do let my cat outside during the day, but she was a stray, so she is very comfortable with the outdoors. She doesn’t go very far either. If she were a kitten, I would only let her out for a few minutes at a time, and only when I could be right there with her.

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