Why does my indoor cat want to go outside so much? Have you ever asked yourself that? And have you ever wondered: do all domestic cats want to go outside? And why does my cat want to go outside at night?
Let’s try to answer these questions.
Why does my house cat want to go outside so bad?
The outdoor is full of exciting smells that cats pick with their sensitive nostrils. There are also fascinating sounds and movements. A chirping bird, a grasshopper jumping in the grass, a turtle, a mouse. All these movements and sounds apply to the cat’s natural hunting instincts.
In the wild, cats didn’t live in houses. They roamed in nature. This kind of behavior is in the cat’s blood, the need to explore, find hiding places, and hunt. These are evolutionary traits that often exist even in domesticated house cats. That’s why your house cat want to go outside so badly. She’s simply acting according to her curious and playful nature, walking in the steps of her ancestors.
Do all domestic cats want to go outside?
Not all. That depends on the cat.
First, it depends on whether or not the cat has ever been outside. A cat who’s used to being outdoors will want to keep going out, missing the action the outside had provided.
A cat who’s never been outside is less likely to want to go outside, and an owner of a house cat had once told me her cat is afraid of going out. Some cats don’t even show an interest in being outdoors.
However, just because the cat is afraid of going outside, doesn’t necessarily mean she doesn’t want to go outside.
I had a cat many years ago, Milky. A delicate Persian slightly mixed with Angora. She’d put her head in the bars on my first-floor, ground-level apartment’s window, then she’d pull her head back. Back and forth, for hours. Watching the yard with such intense longing. But she didn’t dare go outside. I couldn’t stand it, so I picked her up and carried her outside three times. She’d clung to me twice, and the third time she leapt out of my arms and walked the yard. After that, she’d leap out the window on her own. She’d lost her fear of the outside.
It also depends on the cat’s personality. Cats who are more playful, energetic, and curious, are more likely to want to go outside and explore, hunt.
It depends on the size of the apartment, and whether or not there are hiding places and cats toys.
Why does my house cat want to go outside at night?
Cats are nocturnal, because their wild ancestors used to hunt their prey at night, when they couldn’t be seen in the dark. Many wildcats lived in warm climates, and it was too hot to hunt during the day. Although some domestic cats sleep during the night, and many cats show some level of activity during the day.
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