Cat keeps coming back with bad scratches

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Hi, I am new to this forum, just joined to try and get some advice on my 2yr old male cat Sphinx.
Little background story ; we got him when he was 9weeks old, for first 6mknths of his life we lived in an apartment and he was a fully indoor cat. He got neutered at 4months. A year and a half ago we moved to a house with a garden so ever since he goes outside in the morning and comes back after a few hours for food,nap and cuddles. He is very friendly and walks up to people on the street if he is called. We also have a one year old dog that the cat gets on with-they play with each other and Sphinx has never even once stretched the dog or acted in any way aggressive. He is a great hunter, brings back mice and birds daily-sometimes a few per day. He spends nights at home he is only allowed out during the day.

Now for the last two weeks he is coming back with “battle wounds”. Hisright ear has a big scratch going from the tip to the bottom of it, the ear is slightly split now at the very tip.His whole head is full of scratches, there’s two types he has; long skinny ones and really short but thicker ones. There’s at least 3-4 just on his head and then another two on his right shoulder blade.When he came back home they weren’t bleeding, they were already scabbed over. I have an antiseptic cream for cats and dogs so am putting that on the cuts but he doesn’t seem in any way bothered by them.

My boyfriend suggested to just stop letting him out but I can’t... when he wants to go out he circles all entrances and cries non stop untill he can go out. He always comes back home when he is called or within 5-10 mins of calling him so he must be staying close to the house. I’m just really afraid he will come back one day very badly injured...

does anyone have any advice of what to do? I’m not very experienced with cats he is my first one but he isn’t like most other cats I know,hefollows me and the dog on walks, he is very friendly and affectionate as long as you’re not a bird or a mouse.
 

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Oh dear! I know he loves going outside, but cats with out door access don't live very long. The average life span of an indoor cat is around 15 years old. Outdoor cats are lucky if they see their fifth birthday. With him being a very friendly, easily recognizable pedigree breed there is also a big risk of him being stolen

The best solution here would be either to build him a catio in your back garden or get him used to walking on a harness and leash.

Here are a few articles that might give you some ideas.

The Five Golden Rules To Bringing An Outdoor Cat Inside
Cat Enclosures
Cat Grass: How To Create The Purrfect Garden For Your Cat
Harness And Leash Training For Cats

Some really beautiful cat enclosures here.

Cat Enclosures - Outdoor Cat Runs - Many Cat Enclosure Pictures

My cats are all indoor/enclosure only. A well build enclosure, full of cat climbing trees, cat safe plants and places for people to sit so you can enjoy your outdoor time together can really make a difference to you and your cat.
 
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Oh dear! I know he loves going outside, but cats with out door access don't live very long. The average life span of an indoor cat is around 15 years old. Outdoor cats are lucky if they see their fifth birthday. With him being a very friendly, easily recognizable pedigree breed there is also a big risk of him being stolen

The best solution here would be either to build him a catio in your back garden or get him used to walking on a harness and leash.

Here are a few articles that might give you some ideas.

The Five Golden Rules To Bringing An Outdoor Cat Inside
Cat Enclosures
Cat Grass: How To Create The Purrfect Garden For Your Cat
Harness And Leash Training For Cats

Some really beautiful cat enclosures here.

Cat Enclosures - Outdoor Cat Runs - Many Cat Enclosure Pictures

My cats are all indoor/enclosure only. A well build enclosure, full of cat climbing trees, cat safe plants and places for people to sit so you can enjoy your outdoor time together can really make a difference to you and your cat.
He isn’t a pedigree cat anyway he is just a regular fully black cat. We have tried a harness before but he does this thing where his whole body collapses the second you put it on, when he tries to walk in it he falls to the side:lol::lol:

We are renting the house we live in so we wouldn’t be able to build anything in the gardenthe landowner wouldn’t allow that. I had a fenced enclosure that just went from the back door a bit into the garden but he just spent all his time trying to escape it, we got him from a farm so my boyfriend suggested his hunting instincts are just really strong, when he is locked in the house forwhatever reason and isn’t allowed out he tries anything he can to get out,once he evenclimbed out the window onto the balcony and jumped down...no idea how he didn’t get hurt, it’s not high but still :/ I don’t think keeping him as an indoor only cat will work as he would be miserable
 

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He isn’t a pedigree cat anyway he is just a regular fully black cat
Ah, his name is Sphinx? I though he was a Sphinx.

:lol:

Would the home owner allow you to modify the fence to make it cat proof?

https://protectapet.com/

These kinds of fences can be taken down when you move without damaging the existing fences.

Most of mine were feral born, so they love to hunt too. The trouble with that is they can get a mouse or rat that has ingested poison, and that can be fatal for them. Maybe some very active play sessions would wear him out so he doesn't feel the need to go off hunting?

Hunting is more about play than the urge to eat, so if you could get him interested in playing he might be calmer while he's in his enclosure.
 

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Yes, as someone who acquires a lot of outdoor strays, I can attest to the fact they don't live long outside. He is either picking a fight with another cat to defend what he thinks is his territory or is getting attacked by another cat defending it's home. It almost always escalates until abscesses appear, swelling then they burst and are very painful, or a lost eye. You could maybe get on Facebook and advertise for a large dog kennel which is portable or get him used to the leash. My Chrissy did the same thing, falling over and laying there, often for quite a while. Eventually, they get used to the harness when it is applied every day. Leave on for 30 minutes, then remove. I can't emphasize enough that being outdoors unsupervised almost always ends in tragedy......
 

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Converting to indoor only takes a couple of weeks of ignoring the protests and carefully guarding the door when you go in and out. Cats are adaptable -- they get used to it. And will be safer and healthier in the long run.

Nothing else to be done here. When the cat gets an infection from a bite, its going to cost something crazy, $500 last time for me, to deal with if you are in the US.
 

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I know it is tempting to let cats outside ... the want out, they love it ... but ... being outside really does mean that your cat will eventually die prematurely ( I wish there was a more diplomatic way to say this) , wildlife, other cats, cars and evil people are a danger to cats. You would not believe the depravity of humans I have encounters working with rescues ... you do not need a permanent catio- I. have an indoor cat cage big enough to fit a play tree, shelves and three cats built out of wire shelving cubes - this is lightweight enough to move and stable enough to keep them confined. You do need to use zip ties in addition to the connectors but ... the is the cheapest and most versatile system ever ( and no ... to people concerned about cat cages ... the door remains open most of the time in my home ... my cats love this as a play gym and like to sleep in it over night )
 

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