How long do we need to keep him confined until the point where he will call this home and stay? We just got a new cat. He is a black, siamese, fixed, male cat, about 1.5 yrs old. He needs to be an outside cat (landlord rules and allergies) We have had him for two days now. We keep him in the storage unit of our carport with lights and ventilation, food, water, littler box, rug. We have five children. So between the seven of us he has been getting lots of attention. At first he would not come out from under the shelf he hid under immediately, but would let us pet him, scratch his head, while he purred the whole time. Then he would stick his head out and allow the same thing. Now he slowly ventures out. He has been eating, drinking, using the litter box. Yesterday I carried him outside and walked halfway around the house. He obviously wanted to get down and meowed repeatedly (poor guy). So i put him back in the unit, worried he would jump free. This morning I took him out in the sun again and walked him around the entire house, while talking to him and holding him tight. He meowed and wanted to get down again of course, but didn't push on me as much. How often should I do this each day? and for how many days? I'm anxious to let him out free right now, but worried he will take off and never return. What do you think of using a leash on him for a couple days? We have a rabbit leash we could try. It's also been suggested to put his rug outside when we do set him free, so that he can smell his way back to it. Oh and he has always been an outside cat. So he won't be missing "the good life" of an inside cat. Thanks!