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, full of interaction and unpleasant encounters.
The outdoors are filled with all sorts of noises and interaction. The sounds of cars passing, barking dogs, music etc. Cats are very fearful and they do get scared of sudden noises. Its something they aren’t used to since they are very comfortable within the confinements of their home.
To Them the noise is associated danger and fear, in which they become defensive, 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.
Cats hate unfamiliarity and anything new, they are very routine orientated and they love the same schedule everyday. For them to go outside requires a lot since they have to over come the fear of the unknown as well as be prepared for any sudden encounters.
To them, it’s better to be indoors 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 sook the cat out.
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. 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 wear 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 heading 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.
5. 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 fulfills 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 flying. They are satisfied and won’t need to look for what they are lacking. Therefore their interest in the outdoors is minimal to none.
6. 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 behavior consult with your local vet immediately.
7. 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 even being recued. This grusome 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 confident enough to move past the fear of going out.