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Re: OT Cat Advice Needed

Daryl - that's why I had Sugar trained on a tether.  She had full run of the
front and side yards, couldn't get in the street or on anyone else's
property.  And she usually would come when called, but she was (sigh)

On 7/30/07, Theresa W <tchessie1@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Hi Daryl-
> What you are describing is just normal cat behavior and likely has
> nothing to do with the fact that he was outside when you found him.  All
> of my cats have always done what you describe and I think it's just
> curiousity (you know- that inherent cat quality that often results in
> their untimely demise).  Anyway, don't assume you need and
> indoor-outdoor cat.  He still can be just an indoor cat (just like
> mine).  I take mine out on a harness to hang out with me sometimes- they
> seem OK with this.  I always have to shoo them back from the doors with
> I come in and out (unless it is pouring down rain). I too have replaced
> screen on the slider after an overly excited cat climbed it.
> And generally speaking, cats do not come when called, they don't know to
> avoid roads, they will climb over your fence (and other things will come
> into your yard that route too), and the average life-span of a cat
> outside is only 2 years.  Are you sure you want to let your cat be
> outside?
> Theresa
> Daryl wrote:
> > Diesel really loves being outside, and spends hours either on the
> screened
> > porch or perched in an open window. I thought he'd be a happy inside
> cat, but
> > I guess he spent too long outside before we brought him in.
> >
> > Anyway, a year later, and he still wants out. A couple of times he's
> dodged
> > out with the dogs. Once, he cruised out while I was slaving over the
> drawing
> > board and didn't realize that the dogs had opened the door a bit.
> Another
> > time, he apparently pounced at a bird or chipmunk, and pulled the screen
> right
> > off the porch pillar.
> >
> > Anyway. He's let me pick him up and bring him in each time. I've been
> careful
> > not to pick him up the first time he approaches me in the garden, so
> that he
> > doesn't associate me with a quick trip inside, and when we're inside
> I've been
> > trying to teach him to come when called (yeah, laugh at me- I've only
> had dogs
> > before), but I'm sure there will come a time when I can't pick him up
> and
> > he'll out-stubborn me.
> >
> > So. For those of you with indoor-outdoor cat experience - do they just
> wander
> > in when they get tired of being outside? Do they come when you call?
> Have you
> > been able to teach them to avoid roads? We've got a fenced yard, but a
> 4'
> > chain link fence is no match for an athletic cat, I"m sure.
> >
> > d
> >
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Pam Evans
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