How to get your cat in
Cats are nocturnal creatures and many enjoy being outside at night and are perfectly capable of looking after themselves. They have superior eyesight to us in the semi-dark and are very well adapted for hunting at dusk and dawn. The half-light allows them to be less easily seen by their prey. It is therefore quite difficult sometimes to get them to come in when we want! If you and your cat are both happy with this, then this is probably the least stressful solution. However it is a fact that more road accidents and fights happen in the dark hours. If they are used to wearing a collar then you could consider getting them a reflective collar which can be seen by motor vehicles.
If you want your cat to start coming in before we get too far into the dark nights then it’s a good idea to start training them now. Remember, if your moggy goes out at all, make sure their microchip is working. Ask your vet to check it at your next visit.
- Do not feed your cat before you let them out. If they are hungry they will hopefully stay nearby.
- When you want them to come in, call them and encourage by shaking the food box. Feed them immediately when they arrive with a favourite food.
- Keep repeating this exercise, so that they associate coming in/ to you with a reward.
- Once they are coming in well, a good tip is to replace calling their name or shaking the food box by using a hand bell, as the sound carries a lot further than a voice and doesn’t appear to be frightening.
- Try it – cats are easier to train than you might think!