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Question by Jacqueline
Submitted on 10/22/2003
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I had an inside/outside cat until I got married and at my new home he is only allowed inside for short periods of time, where we can supervise. (He will not use a kitty litter, but instead goes in the bathtub).  My husband will not let him stay in at night.  My question is how will he adapt to the cold weather?  I bought a dogloo (igloo) with a fur covering inside and it is in a screened in porch.  What is a safe temperature outside?  When is it critical to bring him indoors?

Answer by P.
Submitted on 11/11/2003
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Maybe your husband could sleep outside with the cat to keep him warm.


Answer by bubbles
Submitted on 12/18/2003
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Get a new husband!  Many studies show the man treats your animal, (something smaller and dependent), is an indicator of how he'll treat kids (smaller and dependent).  Don't put your cat through this torture, Jacqueline, the creature who has always loved you!


Answer by jobinky
Submitted on 7/5/2004
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I totally agree with both of the above respondents.  Husbands are a dime a dozen, but a good and faithful cat is rare.  If the cat uses the bathtub, get your husband used to it - maybe when you have children he'll want you to put them outside too.

I have two cats and they are both indoors and have never tried to go out at all, I can stand at the open door and they ignore the thing all together.  Keep them in, they and you will be much happier.


Answer by Deeder
Submitted on 11/12/2004
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The cat was there first!
Your husband should respect you and your feelings and try fix the problem, not throw it out the back door along with any other thing you might care about. I would put my foot down and put a box in the tub, take a big step back and really look at my husband. He doesn't sound like a caring friend. But if you love the apathetic husband, expect to give up a lot. If you love the sweet little kitty, give it to a loving home.


Answer by N
Submitted on 12/18/2004
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To the other responses: You people don't know the first thing about cats. And you have serious issues with men if you think husbands are not a dime a dozen.

To Jacqueline, do NOT let this cat come between you and your husband. A marriage is full of compromises, and this is one of them. At least he lets him inside.

Your cat will be ok in the cold weather b/c their body temperature is around 103. Cats were born for the outdoors. I have a heating pad hanging up inside my cats house with a towel over it. It keeps it plenty warm. Your cat will love it in your backyard if you have plenty of stuff for him to play with. Empty boxes, foil, etc...

Regarding the cat litter, you can try to train him again with putting cat litter in a corner in your backyard so he gets use to it again. That's what I do with my cat so he still uses the cat litter when he comes inside. A squirt bottle works best for me when I am teaching my cat not to do things. Every time you catch him in the tub, squirt him with water and he'll learn fast. It's better than hitting him. Good luck!


Answer by new_era_wake_UP_ladies
Submitted on 6/4/2005
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tigers live outside?lions king of the jungle if your not living in way north of states like pa, kansas, utah cats can survive..hate to tell you inside cats are weak, outside cats live longer(exept cars killing them:()


Answer by Debs
Submitted on 9/26/2005
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I have just taken on a stray and can't get him indoors yet. I have bought a kennel and he has his food in there and have put in a cat bean bag, but he sleeps in my plant pot instead. Hopefully he will go into the kennel as it gets colder but I am going to try and get him indoors. I have got him to come in and have a feed but he then panicks if he thinks he can't get out.


Answer by Roach
Submitted on 11/6/2005
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tell your husband that it could be worse, the cat could be going in the bed. The time to take the cat inside during the winter is about 32 degrees F. Any colder than that and I think you're risking your cat.


Answer by shadow201
Submitted on 1/6/2006
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put the litter box in the tub and eventually your cat will get accustomed to using it wherever you put it...my hubby wasn't an animal person at all when we got married, but after a couple of years he has learned to enjoy my cat and now has his own cat who he adores!


Answer by Blondie
Submitted on 5/18/2006
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i have never had a cat but i think that you should tell your husband that if he doesn't treat your cat like a family member there will be no family between you and him.


Answer by TJ
Submitted on 2/9/2007
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you people are amazing.
how about this one little fact...
they're ANIMALS!!!!
if your best friend pooped in your bathtub ONCE, you'd never invite them over again. but, your ridiculously pampered cat does it and therefore irritates a member of your immediate FAMILY (human, person), and you actually suggest to "Get a new husband".
thats unbelievable, and truly sad, that someone hurt you so badly at one time, that you all now feel the ONLY option (or, safe/cowardly way) to receive unconditional love is from an Animal. (who, would be perfectly happy with the next family so long as they fed and cared for him)

i am not heartless, i have 2 cats. my wife (before we were married) kept them in the house, i personally don't care for cat littler strewn about, and fur/hair all over my beds, couches, and floors. so, these two happy cats now stay outside our home, where they are fed, loved, and very happy.

say what you will about me, but at least i know where ones loyalty should be.


Answer by Cooking Fat
Submitted on 5/13/2007
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I think the husband is quite right. I have a cat, but if it started crapping all over the place it'd be an outdoor cat in no tine at all!


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