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How To Look After An Outdoor Cat

There are many things that can be harmful to your cat.

Dr. Mel gives you a rundown on some of the main things to look out for...


"So what did you do last night? You didn’t come home the entire night. That is a common scenario with cats. You feed them, they nick off and hang out from dusk to dawn with their mates maybe getting into a fight and coming back with a scratch or maybe just coming back randomly for their breakfast. Is that ok? Well the thing you need to remember is that there is an entire environment around them which they can affect and native animals in particular can really be affected in numbers if cats are around stalking them.

The other thing that can happen is if they get into fights then they can become a statistic. 1 in 4 Australian cats have FIV, Feline Immune deficiency Virus like human AIDs. If you’re cat does happen to get feline AIDS then they can have a shorter lifespan and their immune system doesn’t work properly so they can become quite ill with just normal diseases that they get over quite quickly.

So what you need to do is make sure that your cats aren’t getting into fights because that is how it is transmitted, through biting. You also need to make sure that your cat is vaccinated against cat AIDs. We are very lucky that we have a vaccine around and it’s given yearly, so Buzz has got it on board but I’m still going to make sure that I keep him in at night because I don’t want him to get any abscess or scratches to his face."

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.