Re: OT Cat Advice Needed
In a perfect world, I could let Diesel out with the dogs, and they'd all
come in in a few minutes after a good sniff and patrol around the yard.
We've got 2/3rds of an acre fenced and for dogs, it works. Our dogs have
always been pretty good at coming when called, too. It made it a lot easier
when I had to get them in for their own safety, or when I had to leave for
Diesel doesn't seem to have a clue about cars. Strange people scare him a
lot, but even when he was a kitten, I don't remember him dodging the truck
when DH drove in. Of course he lived under the tractor, so maybe he just
was always there at the time.
I don't understand cats at all.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kitty" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2007 11:22 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT Cat Advice Needed
I'm not really sure why a cat needs to come when called. Mine each do
seem to respond to their own names, but are more likely to come to the
sound of a cat food can being opened. Mine come and go as they please but
when they are outside they generally stay in my yard or not far from it.
If a car rounds the corner down the street they head for the back yard.
They are all street smart; arrived that way. As time goes by, they seem
to prefer being indoors more than out, but that could just be because they
know they have the choice.
As to the data about the average life-span of a cat outside is only 2
years, it is skewed. That takes into account huge numbers of feral cats
and a lot of cats with no benefit of preventative medicine, no options,
bad diets, and on & on.. All my cats have been indoor / outdoor cats with
decent food and the best medical care. I believe they have benefited from
having the best of both worlds. Spot lived to 20, Orangecat and Mick died
at 15 and 11 respectively from cancers that they could easily have gotten
had they been indoor only.
If you don't want Diesel to go out, you're just going to have to be faster
and more agile than a cat. Or devise a system that thwarts his escape.
neIN, Zone 5
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