HomeCat BehaviorIs it cruel to keep a cat in one room?

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Is it cruel to keep a cat in one room? — 6 Comments

  1. Hi I recently adopted a black male kitty and had him neutered and shots, I was intending to find him a home but fell in love with him and didnt want to give him up. He is a very timid docile kitty, however I can get him to come out of my front room (kitty foster room) his choice. I have tried picking him up and bringing him out in the living room however my other male cat tends to bully him because of his timid nature. I leave the door open but the cat doesnt come out of the room. I am very worried this kitty is not getting the love and attention he needs.

  2. On the other paw, my oldest cat has free run of the house but chooses to stay in one room. If she wants company she calls but rarely – like twice a year – ventures out.

    • Wow, that is pretty extreme. She is a very nervous lady cat. It could be that one situation (nervousness leading to seeking a hiding place) reinforces another (a reluctance to venture out of the room). Conversely gradually encouraging more adventure will lead to more confidence and a more adventurous spirit but you don’t want that it seems. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Hi I just adopted a 9 ye old female cat Penelope.Shes house trained and everything . So The SPCA said keep her in one room with food and litter box for a day or so. So when can I bring her downstairs to recognize my whole house..

    • Hi Debra. Just introduce her gradually. There is no strict rule and time limits. You can test the water and see what happens. Try it today. She may integrate quickly but if there is a problem take her back to her room and take more time. Just do everything gently and slowly and respect her feelings and the feelings of the resident animals.

  4. Since I rented a room about a year ago, my cat, Mitzy, is confined to “our” room, along with me. I do take her out with halter and leash once or twice a day. And she has a large window to view the neighbors and bird activity outside. When the weather is mild, I keep the window open.

    My new landlady doesn’t want Mitzy to be allowed in the rest of the house, except to go outside and come back in.

    Even though I could sit in the living room while my landlady is at work, I stay with Mitzy in my bedroom. I willingly confine myself to be with her. I’ve created 7 different spots at various heights for her to sleep on, or to view the outside. (I surrendered the 7th one, which I had my things on, because she indicated that she wanted to jump up there!)

    I have a small room, with only about 2-3′ around my bed to walk. When I open the door, it almost touches the end of my bed.

    The litter box is in the closet on one side of the bed, and her food and water are on the other side. The water dish is about 3′ away from the food.

    She always wants to go out when she’s not sleeping, so at times there’s a lot of “meowing” going on. I distract her with a toy, or just lay down and cuddle with her.

    I wish my circumstances were different, but last year I was looking at the dire prospect of living in my car, as my friend did with her cat,for 6 months. And she didn’t have the option of walking her with halter and leash, since she’s never trained her.

    So, I think that’s another good reason to train a cat to halter and leash. In case of an emergency, where your only shelter may be your vehicle, at least you can get your cat out safely. I never thought of this until now.

    I wanted to include a picture, but mine are all over 50KB, until I resize them.

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