10 Reasons Why Your Cat Doesn’t Want To Go Outside.

Most pets simply love to go outside as it provides an escape for them to be free to roam and explore new territory. Not so with cats, cats are very private and routine orientated, they like their own territory and most of them don’t necessarily enjoy exploring new places.

The outdoors is quite the opposite of what they prefer. It’s noisy, random, and full of interaction and unpleasant encounters. While some cats may be used to going outside, some simply dread the outside experience. Lets see why!

1. Noisy.

The outdoors are filled with all sorts of noises and interactions. The sounds of cars passing, barking dogs, music etc. Cats are very fearful and they do get scared of sudden noises. It’s something they aren’t used to since they are very comfortable within the confinements of their home.

To Them, the noise is associated with danger and fear, so they become defensive, and fearful and can run away to seek a safe place to hide. Such felines should be kept indoors until they have been trained and gained enough confidence to go outside.

2. Unfamiliar.

Cats hate unfamiliarity and anything new, they are very routine orientated and they love the same schedule every day. For them to go outside requires a lot since they have to overcome the fear of the unknown as well as be prepared for any sudden encounters.

To them, it’s better to be indoors and comfortable in their home than to be exposed to a new environment that comes with its own challenges. Since the outdoors are not controlled and there are a lot of things which can provoke fear.

3. Bad Encounters.

A bad outdoor experience could really scare your cat by giving them a bad impression of being outside. Cats can be put off by a foreign smell, or even the sight of something. An encounter with an aggressive dog or other pets, the loudness of a car horn, or even the immense interaction could be too much for them to handle.

Such encounters can be the reason why your cat doesn’t approve of going outside. If the cat previously used to enjoy going outside and now suddenly stopped then it’s appropriate for them to feel this way if they have been exposed to something they don’t like.

In this case, you want to give the cat some space while rebuilding its confidence before you can expose them to going outside again.

4. Breed Related.

You may be wondering why your cat is so inactive and just completely lack interest in playing or even venturing the outdoors. This could be breed specific since some feline breeds are quite passive with a low activity level.

Breeds like the Persian, Himalayan, Selkirk rex, exotic, shorthair, Maine coon, etc. are often known as ‘Lazy Cats’ or inactive cats. These breeds are naturally less active, submissive and lethargic. Their sluggish movements make it difficult for them to initiate or encourage playtime.

Going outside may not be something they are up for, as they like to remain idle in the comfort of their homes.

5. They Hate To Wear A Leash.

Normally cat parents leash their cats before leaving home. Sometimes you may feel as if your cat doesn’t want to go outside but the problem may be the leash, which is understandable since many cats don’t like wearing leashes. It takes time to acclimate a cat to wearing a leash and even when they are used to it, chances are that they will still not like it.

Some leashes may be too tight while others may be rigid and not ideally comfortable, getting the right leash is very important. You also want to get a harness that fits around the cat’s body instead of tugging around its neck, since the cat could feel restricted.

So the next time you head out, try a different approach maybe use a carrier or a backpack instead of a leash. This will help you identify if the leash is really the problem or if the cat just doesn’t want to go outside.

6. Indoor Cats Are Quite Content.

Cats associate their own home with safety and protection, while the outside is the complete opposite. It’s understandable why they will choose safety instead of being exposed to an environment that causes them stress. When a cat’s territory fulfils all its needs, it doesn’t need to enquire more territory.

Most indoor cats have their needs met. They have enough food, clean water, entertainment, companionship as well as nice views to watch birds fly. They are satisfied and won’t need to look for what they are lacking. Therefore their interest in the outdoors is minimal to none.

7. Cats Health.

If you notice a change in your cat’s interest and overall activity level then it’s a good idea to have them checked out, to rule out any underlying health issues. Diabetes is very common in cats and one of the main symptoms is lethargy, loss of interest, and weight loss. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, urination, and increased thirst.

Lack of energy will result in the cat refusing to participate in play and any other activities. If your cat is displaying such behaviour consult with your local vet immediately.

8. Rescue Cats.

Rescue cats normally don’t prefer outside since they associate the outdoors with their past. These rescue cats generally go through tough times fending for themselves before being rescued. This gruesome experience stays with them even after they are adopted.

Going from foraging for food and trying to avoid cars, wildlife, and nasty people to a luxurious lifestyle inside, it doesn’t make the decision to stay indoors that difficult. Being spoiled with toys, cat trees, treats and someone to worship you probably doesn’t hurt either.

For this reason, they will refrain from the outdoors until they are confident enough to move past the fear of going out.

9. Unsafe Vs Safe Areas.

Cats are highly sensitive to their environment and local surroundings. Their territorial instincts and sensory capabilities make them well-informed and adaptable to any surroundings. This makes them distinguish between areas which are safe and unsafe

This could be the reason why they don’t like leaving their homes to go outside. They are comfortable and safe in their little territory which is controlled and free from predators. While the outdoors seem like the complete opposite with uncontrollable events.

Ultimately, it’s merely their preference not to go outside. Whether for their safety or to hide away in a little corner where no one can find them.

10. Feline Depression.

Feline depression is a real thing that affects most indoor cats. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.

Some of the Symtoms include changes in body language, lack of energy or a decrease in activity level, retreating from humans, hiding or sleeping more than usual.

This could possibly be the reason for your cats disinterest in going outside.

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