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Raising an Indoor Cat

Updated on December 13, 2015
From Kitten to Cat
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Photo Journal by a Cat Lover

As a cat lover, I have had a cat in my home for most of my life. Each one had his or her own personality and little quirks, but I loved everyone of them. Mozart is my most recent one. I've had him for over three years and he replaced Samantha, my 18 year old cat, whom I had to have put to sleep a year earlier.

Mozart was originally adopted by a good friend of mine, John. I went with him to pick up Mozart from a farm just down the road from our houses.

About a week later, I got a desperate call from John. Mozart had climbed the cedar tree in the front yard about 4 hours before and every time he tried to get him down, Mozart moved further up the tree. I went over and arrived just as he was carrying the kitten into the house.

Guess what! After a little coaxing, I ended up taking Mozart home with me and became his new "Mom." Of course anytime Mozart does something wrong, I make sure to let John know what "his" son did. We always have a good laugh over it, but I don't regret one minute with Mozart.

Photo Credits: All photos and the video are taken by me, Judy Filarecki, and are copyrighted.

Those credited to John Horanzy are under his copyright.

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Mozart's First collar

Part of the agreement for me to take Mozart was that he would be an indoor cat. The trees around my house are 125 foot pines with the first branches about 80 feet up. There is no way that I'm going to chance him trying to climb them.

I had trained Samantha to walk on a leash, so I though I'd break Mozart into wearing a collar right from the start. Here's the video of his reaction to it.

Sorry if some of it is blurry, but Mozart moved faster than the camera could auto-focus.

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Just Like Mom

Mozart quickly discovered my real sheep-skin throw and figured this was "just like mom." Even five years later, he gets on the fir and kneads it for several minutes at a time with half-closed eyes as he cherishes the memories of his first few weeks of life with his real mom.


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In cool weather, he loves to snuzzle into the sheepskin quilt to warm up.

Actually he loves it anytime whether it is cool or warm.

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He just sits himself down and makes himself comfortable.

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Weight Control

This has been the best change I've made for Mozart. I mistakenly kept him on kitten food until he was 10 months old and all ready overweight.

I started feeding him IAMs weight and hairball food and he was maintaining his weigh well.

Then one day a neighbor gave me some other cat food, his cat could no longer eat. Mozart gained 2 pounds in a month and was constantly hungry.

The Vet had me try some grain-free, high-fat food that I purchased from her. Mozart loved it and wolfed down everything I gave him. Unfortunately, he seemed to be constantly hungry and actually gained a pound over the year.

I finally started feeding him this food from Blu Buffalo that was specifically for adult cats who were indoor all the time, and having weight problems. I also chose it because it deals with hairball problems.

The results were fantastic. He has lost 2 pounds in a year and a half, and he actually monitors himself as far as how much he eats at a time. He has cut himself down from 5/8th of a cup to under 1/2 a cup per day and is completely satisfied.

I'm hoping that he will continue to lose weight since he still has another 2 pounds to go to reach his ideal weight.


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High Places

Mozart loves high places. His first few week were spent in a barn so I'm sure he quickly learned how to get up into the rafters.

I have a log home with some high beams running across the open ceiling. It didn't take him very long to discover how to get up there.


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He Loves Ladders


He did need a little practice at first but he learned. Thank goodness this first one was wooden otherwise he wouldn't have had anything to dig his claws into.


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Soon, no ladder was a challenge for him and he took every advantage he could with them.

Imagine being at eye level with the top of the TV cabinet.


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"Look at all those great things to be explored. Just one small jump and there I am."

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When a ladder isn't available, Mozart satisfies his need to be up high by climbing onto his carpeted perch.

He cannot only look out the window, but he can also chase his own tail...

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or scratch the post to his heart content.

Photo by John Horanzy
Photo by John Horanzy
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Definitely a Climber

Mozart got his early experience outside of the barn where he was born and then climbed John's apple tree the first week he had him. That wasn't so bad, but then Mozart tackled the Cedar trees which were much higher and that is when I adopted him and made him an indoor cat.


Bringing the Outside In


It was hard for the kitten to make the adjustment to living inside, so John brought over a dead cedar log and soon Mozart was happily climbing that on the front porch.

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Of course, I had to grow some grass for him to nibble on since there was none available inside.

When I don't have any in a planter, I go out and pick some so his tummy stays happy.

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Doggie Door - Kitty Door

Being the climber that he is, Mozart got in the habit of not waiting for me to open the door so he could go out on the porch. I put a kitty door in the screen for him, but he got too big for it.

So, I put a doggie door in for him, instead, so he could get out onto the porch himself during the good weather.

Even though, he could get out the door, at times he would decide that climbing the screen was a more fun option. He didn't make it to the top this time since the screen ripped and he hung there until I rescued him.


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This time he made it to the top but then had the dilemma of where to go from there. I had to give his butt a little help to get him over it.

After this, I started researching pet resistant screening.

I came across the Pet D Fence screening and have been very pleased with it. When Mozart goes to scratch on it, he apparently doesn't like the feel and stops. He went to climb it once, but immediately jumped down with the first contact. The best part was that there was no damage to the screen even though he now weighs 12 pounds.

Pet Resistant Screening

I came across the Pet D Fence screening and have been very pleased with it.

When Mozart goes to scratch on it, he apparently doesn't like the feel and stops.

He went to climb it once, but immediately jumped down with the first contact.

The best part was that there was no damage to the screen even though he now weighs 12 pounds.

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Comforter

When I had to have surgery on my right hand, Mozart was the one to comfort me. He felt that it was necessary to help keep my arm warm so it would heal faster.

It's funny how pets sense a need and take action by being there to support you.

And when I don't have anyone to talk to, Mozart is right there, ready and willing.

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Of course, his mouth has gotten a little bigger as he has grown up, but his meow is still very gentle.

Small Spaces - You never know where you'll find Mozart.

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I just really love boxes.This is the perfect place to play with my tail and take a nap when I get tired of it.If she puts anything else in here, I won't fit.You'd think with all the room in this RV, there would be more room for me behind the seat.I thought I would help out by sorting the laundry.Hmmmm!! I think I might be getting into trouble.I'm ready for the mailman.
I just really love boxes.
I just really love boxes.
This is the perfect place to play with my tail and take a nap when I get tired of it.
This is the perfect place to play with my tail and take a nap when I get tired of it.
If she puts anything else in here, I won't fit.
If she puts anything else in here, I won't fit.
You'd think with all the room in this RV, there would be more room for me behind the seat.
You'd think with all the room in this RV, there would be more room for me behind the seat.
I thought I would help out by sorting the laundry.
I thought I would help out by sorting the laundry.
Hmmmm!! I think I might be getting into trouble.
Hmmmm!! I think I might be getting into trouble.
I'm ready for the mailman.
I'm ready for the mailman.

Mozart's Screen Porch

Do you ever feel guilty about making your cat a house cat?

I have two homes, one with a screened porch and one without. I always felt bad that Mozart only had a porch at the one house, so I invested in pet screening and studs to enclose my covered porch in the second home.

Now he is free to go in and out of the kitchen and onto his very own porch. He keeps his eyes on the birds, and brings in an occasional gecko which may or may not be alive by the time he finishes playing with it.

I used a 48 inch wide pet screen and was able to order a 100 foot roll over the internet. He still has a tendency to climb occasionally so it was well worth the $100 I paid for it. Most of the time he just sits up on the shelf I built him in the corner of the porch. This way he can see the world outside of the cinder block fence.

His favorite times for being out there are at dawn and just after sunset. He'll stay out there all evening if I let him. I don't know what he sees, but his eyes are better than mine. I'm really glad I did this for him. He really enjoys it, and I use the porch a lot more myself now also.

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    • fifta profile image

      fifta 5 years ago

      Awww...such a lovely cat... I used to have cats as a kid, but not anymore now. I remember my cats were my comforter during my gloomy days.. (I even remembered my cats' family tree haha..)

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      Judy Filarecki 5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      @fifta: I'm glad you enjoyed it. Cats are definitely great company, especially at times when you are feeling down and just need a little lovin'.

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Mozart looks like quite a character! How fortunate that he found a human who had the skills and love to help him realize his full, glorious, glowing, healthy feline potential :)

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      Judy Filarecki 5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      @hntrssthmpsn: Thanks for your comment. He definitely keeps me hopping but I love every minute of it. he keeps me young.

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed getting to know Mozart. I love cats and each with their very own unique personality. Thanks for sharing.

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      JodiFromFlorida 5 years ago

      What a silly boy! Loved the video. I love cats, they can be so entertaining.

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      What fun cat pictures ... loved your lens!

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Awesome way to document your cat's life! Love the pictures...thanks for sharing.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Very cute article! I loved the video. :)

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Mozart is a lively little kitty.

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      orangegirl6020 5 years ago

      I love your pictures! Mozart is a lucky kitty!

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      Amazing pictures:-)

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      JamesEcho1 LM 5 years ago

      Completely loved it! You have an amazing cat

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      So many cute pictures of Mozart! I can see he's quite the character.

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      savateuse 5 years ago

      Lovely lens... I miss my cats

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, well done! Thumbs up

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful cat. Loved this lens.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Just loved this lens. We had a cat who liked high places too. Funny little thing!

      ~*~Angel Blessed~*~

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      You haven't got a contact button so thought I'd leave a message for you here.

      I enjoyed reading this lens but I just want to let you know that your Photo Gallery Module is making your lens jumpy. Here is a link for the answer to this problem.

      http://www.squidoo.com/workshop/PhotoGalleryModule...

      I hope that this helps. (You are welcome to delete this message when you have read it.)

      SquidAngel

      LaraineRose

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      That URL was wrong. https://hubpages.com/community/PhotoGalleryModule

      Sorry!

      LaraineRose

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      I would love for Mozart to meet one of our kitties, Odan - they would *so* get in trouble together!

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      raelcalu 5 years ago

      you're cat is adorable...i misses my cats at home.

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      I'm a fellow cat lover and owner and I just loved seeing your furbaby. Very cute lens.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Mozart looks like a real sweetheart with a whole lot of active personality just waiting to escape. What a wonderful feel good article this lens is. I really enjoyed my visit.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Olivia sends you a warm, grateful Meow for making this wonderful lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love the photos and your story. Our last cat, well, technically he was my friend's cat, he just lived with me, he had so much personality. He didn't like to climb, but occasionally would jump on the tables. Once or twice he would bump into one of our cactus, get pricked, and then attack the cactus. Again, I think this is a wonderful lens:)

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      SusanAston 3 years ago

      What a great cat! I had to have my little ginger and white cat put to sleep recently and it broke my heart.

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      Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      @SusanAston: I'm so sorry to hear that. It is definitely a hard thing tho do. It took me over a year after I had my 18 year old, Samantha, before I was ready for my new one, Mozart.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Adorable! Love the video. I expect to see him in the next Olympics. He certainly seems to enjoy somersaults! Very fun lens.

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      Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Awww I enjoyed your lens on Mozart. He's such a cutie. Meet my cat Sully

      https://hubpages.com/animals/sullycat

      & here's another one some of my othe previous cats that have passed on https://hubpages.com/animals/kittycontentment

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      GeoffSmith LM 3 years ago

      Oh my God! I used to have a cat with almost the same colour patterns. The same spots, even the nose spot was the same! But mine was a Turkish Angora... probably not pure. Used to play day and night with that cat. Even after 5 years he was still playful and always running. The problem was he was too vicious and always left scars... my dad had to took him away after he almost tore my grandma's artery.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a sweetie! So adventurous!

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      I have had cats in the past -- actually four at one time (I inherited two of them). We lost crazy Ariel about 15 years ago and have been cat-less since as my youngest has allergies. I am edging toward another kitty as the kid edges toward leaving for college. I love the video. Ariel always needed to be in another room -- and off she would dash.

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      Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      @Lynn Klobuchar: I've always had cats even though I am allergic to them. As long as I have them, I build up a tolerance. If Igo for a while without one, I get all stuffed for for about 2 weeks and then I'm fine.

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      That video is really funny. As a breeder, however, I advise my new owners never to put a collar on a cat. They can strangle themselves in so many ways and it is cruel, more so if it has a bell as their ears are 100 more sensitive than ours. Great lens and beautiful cat. Well done.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Have a good time, "catwoman"!

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      Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      @norma-holt: I appreciate your comments about the collar. I've trained my last two cats to walk on a leash and they learned very well. They are never left unattended with a collar on and it is removed as soon as we get back in the house. The cat and I travel a great deal and this way he gets a chance to explore, stretch his legs and nibble on some grass at the end of each day when we have been driving in the RV from one place to the next. Even when we are not traveling, he asks to have his collar put on to go for a walk usually in the middle of the day. In the evening and early morning he just enjoys getting out on the screened porch looking out at what ever he alone can see.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      my old cat is an outdoor cat, she loves to sleep on the car bonet, warm engine kept her warm. She loves boxes but hates mops

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      Judy Filarecki 2 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      It is funny how cats are so different. My old cat loved to have me vacuum her with the soft, round furniture brush. This one, Mozart, runs and hides the minute I bring out the vacuum or a mop.

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      Jane Ramona Rynkiewicz Frieman 2 years ago from Morris County, New Jersey

      I am also the mother of 2 adorable house cats. I have no guilt in raising them as indoor cats since they are protected from the dangers of outdoor living. Their indoor environment is provided with plenty of stimulation and love. I have made a cat fishing rod toy for them and I also improvised a curl up sleeping place by using a woven basket with pieces of blanket pieced inside.

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