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Re: It's a girl!
  • Subject: Re: It's a girl!
  • From: "Daryl" <dp2413@comcast.net>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2011 11:38:40 -0500

Our other cats quickly adapted to being indoors, though they like spending time on the screened porch.

I, too, worry about coyotes. Since our county passed a leash law, there are few dogs running around that would hurt her, but the coyote population has increased dramatically. If she would only stay in the yard, I wouldn't worry about it, since there's a 4' fence around it. A coyote could get over the fence, but is unlikely to want to do so with most yards here unfenced, and some nice woods and a stream just down the hill. She survived on her own for 18 months (we fed her, but she also foraged for mice and chipmunks) so she's got quite a bit of savvy and can run 30' up a tree in a heartbeat, but I still worry, especially at night.

Blackie knows of the other cats, and they know of her. On some nice days, I've had the other cats on the screened porch and invited her in to examine the house. And Scooter slipped out into the utility room the other day, scaring her half to death. I've been leaving the door to the kitchen open longer and longer as I go through it so that she can see the other cats. (I usually fill the boys' bowls before I go through the door to feed her).

Yesterday evening, Diesel was quite near the door when I opened it, and Blackie hissed at him. Diesel is not a fighter, and usually hisses at the other cats to ensure his privacy. Diesel just sat back and looked at her. I've held him up to look through the window at her, but this was the closest they've come without glass or a screen being between them.


----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2011 10:33 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] It's a girl!

I know how you feel.  One of my indoor cats wants very badly to
go outside, but when she gets out she runs so wildly that I don't
dare let her go.  Since she's never been out in her life, she doesn't
have the self-protective skills she needs.
Maybe if you feed her indoors she will come to feel more like
staying in

I used to think it was best for my cats to come and go at will, but
an influx of coyotes in the neighboring woods has made it unsafe
for cats and small dogs to run freely.

On the other hand, Mackie, our new adoption, seems totally happy
to be indoors. She had really been asking to come in for a while.
She is still shut in the downstairs rooms, but I'm sure all the cats
are aware of each other.  I'll just give it another day or so before I
let them have an encounter.

In a message dated 1/5/2011 10:12:49 AM Eastern Standard Time,
dp2413@comcast.net writes:

Should have said around and around in the yard. I finally spotted her at
dusk, trotting across my neighbor's field. When I called, she came and is
now in the utility room. My knees need a rest.

I don't know what to do. She so much wants to be outside.


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