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Re: Cats!

LO is quite the little handful I must say.  Sure is keeping y'all busy up
there!  My goodness.

On 8/11/06, Donna <gossiper@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> So how long is LO going to be there? Sounds like you may not get a good
> nights rest till LO goes home!
> Glad this adventure wasn't quite as bad as the last one...... Funny how
> our senses realize something is wrong!
> Donna
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Chris Petersen <chris@widom-assoc.com>
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Sent: Friday, August 11, 2006 12:22:06 AM
> Subject: [CHAT] Cats!
> It's 12:45 am and I'm up. I was half asleep when I realized that I hadn't
> turned off my computer or the lights, but more than that, it was too
> quiet!
> I had this sinking feeling that Little One had gotten out AGAIN!  You see
> he
> has learned to wiggle the sliding screen door open, so we have to keep the
> glass door closed which is a major problem when it's hot inside and we
> need
> the breeze! Spot, LO's big brother, has figured out how to open the screen
> door from the outside when it's locked and he wants to get back in.  He
> grabs it with his claws and pulls, disengaging the simple latch and then
> slides the screen open. He let LO out another day and I used the can
> opener
> and food trick and it worked fairly well. I had to use it again when LO
> snuck out yesterday when the glass door wasn't closed.
> Tonight I found a window pushed open. We have casements and one wasn't
> locked! I threw on some clothes and ran outside with my flashlight in tow.
> After a few nervous minutes, I saw him in the shadows.  I don't know how
> long he was outside this time, but he seems to stay close to the house. It
> was a bit scary as I worried that he'd wander farther astray!  It's really
> dark here and our front door light is not working.  Try tracking a cat in
> the dark with a flash light!  I think that he's a little spooked by the
> flashlight after our ordeal in the crawl space the other day! I ran inside
> to get the can opener and some cat food, but that trick has lost its
> appeal!
> I should have tried tuna fish.  I rarely give my cats canned food, so he
> doesn't seem too interested in it. I decided to sit on the lawn and try to
> get him to come to me.  He kept circling closer and eventually I was able
> to
> snatch him up!  Thank goodness! He is a high maintenance cat! We love him
> to
> pieces, but having one indoor cat is really hard when the others are
> allowed
> some freedom.  They have been well trained to come when called and Spot
> especially stays very close to home. I wanted Little One to be an indoor
> cat
> as he and Jaron live in a city. I guess he's getting a bit of outdoor
> training while he's visiting!  He was even climbing some tree trunks
> tonight.
> Well, I guess that I can go back to bed now.
> Chris Petersen
> Northport, Long Island, New York
> Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)
> chris@widom-assoc.com
> My garden: http://photos.yahoo.com/chrispnpt
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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