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RE: OT Cat Advice Needed

When I had cats that went outdoors they generally made sure they were
back inside by dinner. But they don't know to stay out of the street, or
out of the neighbor's yard with the pit bull in it, and they will fight
with other cats that show up. Unless you are really into hard-core
animal training, I think coming when called is dependent on the
personality of the cat. I did have one that would come when I called
her, but only one.  
I am lucky that my two current ones are very prissy and don't really try
to go outside. One will try and slip out if she can but unless the
weather is perfect she doesn't get more than her front feet out the
door, and even if all is well she only rolls on the front porch and then
scampers back. No telling how mama cat (we haven't named her yet) will
If I lived in a more cat-friendly neighborhood...quiet street, no big
dogs, no coyotes...I would probably be more relaxed about it but as it
is I keep them inside.  


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Theresa W
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2007 11:11 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT Cat Advice Needed

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


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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