Due to possible infection with diseases such as enteritis or cat flu, your kitten should not be allowed outside until at least a week after they have completed their first vaccination course at around 13-14 weeks of age (depending from the vaccine). You can then let them explore outside if supervised.
We recommend letting your kitten outside with supervised access once they are approximately 4 months old, have been neutered, have had all their vaccinations and are fully settled in your home.
Most take their time and explore very slowly and carefully. Let them explore on their own time and don’t panic if they jump a fence or go further than you’re comfortable with most cats coming back after a few minutes at this one Point you can give them a treat to encourage their return.
But is it also cruel to deny cats “the outside”? The bottom line is most cats can be perfectly happy living indoors – but owners must make an effort to care for their environmental and behavioral needs.
Get your distance
“A wary cat might only venture 10 meters from its cat flap at any given time, but we’ve found that the average roaming distance is just 40-200 meters from home is.
Is your kitten missing? Cats are very intuitive and it’s not uncommon for them to wander hundreds of miles before finding their way back.
If you take an indoor cat for a walk outside, she can be active in a controlled manner. It also has cognitive benefits, as it encourages cats to use their brains differently. However, walking your indoor cat outside exposes them to fleas, pesticides and disease.
Set aside a box with a thick, fluffy blanket so the kitten can hide when she’s feeling a little shy or insecure. Place a padded, washable cat bed in a quiet area away from the food, water, and litter box areas.