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Cat woe

What do you do with a cat who's pining for the fjords?


He got out while I was trying to bring in the mail, and took off down the hallway. The only reason I caught up with him was that the hall ends in a large landing, right before the (open to the outside) stairs, and Jack was distracted by the sudden opening up of space.

He fought me all the way back to the apartment. Then, he paced back and forth before the closed door, wailing, before trying to reach the doorknob with his paws.

Someone who I can only describe as his caseworker called a week or so back to check on how he was doing. She told me he had previously been an outdoor cat. Well, that explains a lot!

I really don't know what to do. This place is all parking lots and identical corridors: I could never let him out on his own. And I've heard horror stories about cats on leashes slipping out of their harnesses. All I can think of is taking him out on the balcony, under supervision.

(Why supervision? Because some of the tree branches are just close enough than an ambitious cat might be able to reach them with a leap. I wouldn't recommend it, but I'm not a desperate cat.)

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starmalachite
Mar. 24th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
She told me he had previously been an outdoor cat.

And it never occurred to anyone that this was vital for Jack's new human to know??? Sigh.

I'm afraid I can't offer much advice, since I've never had to deal with this problem. Several of my cats were former strays, but they were all quite grateful to be safe indoors & never wanted to go outside again.

From what I know of cat psychology, though, I'd suggest that taking him out on a leash would probably be counterproductive. "Cold turkey" would probably work best.

Perhaps you could try giving him a treat when you get home only if he _doesn't_ try to get out?





np_complete
Mar. 24th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
It did occur to me that it being Spring might have something to do with it. He didn't try particularly hard to get out when I first got him, but now he's quite persistent. (The return of the birds may be a correlated reason!)

I'm definitely going to pursue having him chipped and getting him a collar and tags. He actually got out yesterday, and I almost didn't notice!