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I have three cats. A mother who I think is around 4 -5 years old, her baby who is 6 months old and a "cousin" who is 1 year old. All were adopted. My problem is that the two younger cats are determined to get outside. Every time someone enters or leaves our home someone has to run and grab the cats. They are very sneaky also. They see you getting your coat on and they hide near the door so they can dart out.

So far, I have been able to entice them to come back in when they get out by tapping on the side of a catfood can with a spoon. They hear that sound and come running. I have two cat trees, and four windows with shelves under them so the cats can see out. We even have a room in our house dedicated to them. It also has a window they can look out and they have toys galore. I guess the "call of the wild" is too much for them, because with all of the things we have in here to entertain them, outside is what they want . Anyone have any suggestions on how tho break them from running out the door everytime it is opened?
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The first thing I'll have to ask here is, are they spayed/neutered? If not, it's likely their natural instincts are telling them to get out and find mates.

If that's not the case, then I would try to distract them when I'm getting ready to leave, say, get my coat on, and when they head to the door, give them some toy to chase down, or something to that effect that gets them away from the door - maybe a laser pointer. I'm sure others will have more ideas as well

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The first thing I'll have to ask here is, are they spayed/neutered? If not, it's likely their natural instincts are telling them to get out and find mates.

If that's not the case, then I would try to distract them when I'm getting ready to leave, say, get my coat on, and when they head to the door, give them some toy to chase down, or something to that effect that gets them away from the door - maybe a laser pointer. I'm sure others will have more ideas as well

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Hi and thanks for your input. Yes they are all altered. I would never have an unaltered pet (I've been to many shelters, it's enough to make you break down and cry). I feel kind of sorry for them because they can't go outside and I am trying to figure out some way to keep them confined to my yard.
I have tried throwing treats on the floor for them and it works sometimes. I neglected to mention that I also have two dogs that need to go out several times a day and that door is opening and shutting constantly it seems.
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I volunteer at a shelter, so I know what you mean...

Hmm.. Maybe they're jealous of the dogs getting to go out... Just a thought

Here's an idea.. Do they have collars or harnesses? Maybe they would entertain the idea of going out on a leash.. Then they could go out, and you can make sure they don't go anywhere.
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