We've just adopted two beautiful kittens and want to keep them indoor only.
However, we already have a cat that comes in and out as she pleases. We have a Staywell door but while that keeps neighborhood critters out of the house, it does not restrict indoor critters from going out.

Does anyone know of a door that (perhaps with different key/collars) can be set up so that the cat with the collar can go in/out but the kittens are barred from exiting.
Or any other kind of strategy? Please don't suggest making the outdoor cat and indoor one that's just not an option.
And for fun, check out www.the-sign.us/cats/ the new boys are on display.
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We've just adopted two beautiful kittens and want to keep them indoor only. However, we already have a cat that ... that's just not an option. And for fun, check out www.the-sign.us/cats/ the new boys are on display.

Why not just let the new cats out..? It's cruel to restrict cats to an indoor life IMHO, except for exceptional situations such as if the cat is FIV+.
Ivor
We've just adopted two beautiful kittens and want to keep ... out www.the-sign.us/cats/ the new boys are on display.

Why not just let the new cats out..? It's cruel to restrict cats to an indoor life IMHO, except for exceptional situations such as if the cat is FIV+. Ivor

I couldn't disagree more. A lot of things can happen to your cat outdoors, mostly bad. If you've ever had to endure the sudden loss of a loved cat you might think differently. If a cat has never been let outdoors, they don't know what it is like and so don't miss it.
We eventually converted an indoor/outdoor cat to indoor only when we pledged to keep new adoptee in.
It worked very well and we now have an all indoor household, except for when we go out with them and keep them tightly sealed in the back yard (tall vinyl privacy fence that they can not scale or leap over. (the bottom is completely sealed)
They are MUCH safer in (or out with supervision or short bursts on their own) as we live in an area that is adjacent to greenbelts etc. which are probably home to predators.
It can be done. They still whine once or twice a day to go out but are very safe now when they do!
there exists special doors with a magnetic belt so for the belted cat, the door will open, but the unbelted will be staying before without making the door to open... better ask this question again in the pet-shop, they know more (and in better english...)
Erik
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Why not just let the new cats out..? It's cruel ... for exceptional situations such as if the cat is FIV+.

I couldn't disagree more. A lot of things can happen to your cat outdoors, mostly bad. If you've ever had ... If a cat has never been let outdoors, they don't know what it is like and so don't miss it.

Doesn't make it any the less cruel. We've had cats for 30+ years, all have been outdoor cats and nothing has ever happened to any of them. And yes, I have had one die suddenly on me, so I know exactly what it was like. Yes, he did die while outdoors, he was found lying on a neighbour's driveway, but it was a natural death (according to the vet, anyway).

Ivor
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I couldn't disagree more. A lot of things can happen ... know what it is like and so don't miss it.

Doesn't make it any the less cruel. We've had cats for 30+ years, all have been outdoor cats and nothing ... he was found lying on a neighbour's driveway, but it was a natural death (according to the vet, anyway). Ivor

Young cats extremely rarely die suddenly of natural causes. An autopsy would have determined just why, but you were probably too cheap to pay for one. Letting your cats out to be run over in city traffic isn't cruel, but keeping cats inside their whole lives where they are safe is cruel? Fortunately uninformed older people that think like you are dying off.
I agree with the aforementioned comment about the dangers of letting a cat outside. Depending on where you reside, allowing a cat free roam of the outdoors welcomes many different dangers such as predators, diseases, being hit by cars, etc and so on. We had an outdoor cat for most of my life, and when we adopted decided that it would be in the new kitten's best interests to remain indoors. We decided to leave the house pet door free and just allow the outdoor cat in and out as it cries. To allow the indoor cat a little bit of freedom we would place her in a cat harness and allow her to go outside tied on her rope with our supervision the entire time. I hope that this helps a little..

Britt
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Young cats extremely rarely die suddenly of natural causes. An autopsy would have determined just why, but you were probably ... their whole lives where they are safe is cruel? Fortunately uninformed older people that think like you are dying off.

You didn't read what I wrote. Did I say my cat who died outside was young..? In actual fact he was 18+ at the time and used to roam for quite a distance. Incidentally, I probably spend more money at the vet in a month than you do in a year, so don't presume.
Cats are naturally outdoor creatures, so yes keeping them indoors permanently is cruel. The area around here is relatively safe, we live in a road with little traffic (no through traffic as it's a dead end) and all our cats for the last 30 years have been perfectly fine.

Incidentally, are you in the USA..? It seems to be the US that is becoming so fanatical about keeping cats indoors, all I can say is if you live where you don't think it is ok to let cats out then don't have them. If you genuinely love cats and want to do something positive for them, go and volunteer at a rescue shelter as I do.
Ivor
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