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My “House” Cats Featuring a $25 Giveaway

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I lived for years with three cats. It was good.

And then.

The New Guymy house cats

A coworker's daughter had to find a new home for her cat. I don't recall the reason, but the poor kitty needed to move out.

After work, I met the cat. He was friendly, and he came when my coworker called him. I stuffed him into the carrier and brought him home with me.

My three cats were not pleased. They liked their arrangement, and they had no interest in the little orange interloper.

The orange interloper had lived his entire 18 months as an only child cat. He had no interest in the other beasts.

House Cats

This is a good time to admit that I am a little paranoid about my cats.

When I was 12, my cat was hit by a car and died. The same day I was supposed to go away to Girl Scout Camp. I don't like to camp, and I hated my Girl Scout troop and all I wanted to do was go home and cry about my cat.

When I became a cat owner, I locked them in the house and decreed that they would forever be house cats.

On the rare occasions that one of the cats escaped, I would panic, have an anxiety attack, and stay up all night in order to bring the escapee safely back inside.

Discord in My Home

The fourth cat upset our apple cart. When he came in, all of my cats began to fight with fervor I'd never before witnessed.

In an effort to release some tension, I screened my back porch. It helped immensely. All four cats would lie on the back porch (together!) in the sunshine.

And then.

The orange interloper (de-clawed by his previous owner) discovered that he could climb up the inside of the screen and back down the outside of the screen and down the hand rail.

How he climbed up the screen and down the rail with no claws is completely beyond my feeble brain.

Like a teenager who snuck out of the house, he would run around the neighborhood making mischief. When he was done running around, he would sit at the back door and holler. Or paw at the front door, making it rattle mercilessly.

Once the cat with no claws figured it out, the three with claws followed his lead.

And soon, all four of the cats were escaping from my screened-in, cat-proof porch.

A Solution

At this point, I had three options. Force the cats to stay inside, fighting over space, continue to let them sneak out over the fence, essentially locking themselves out, or find a way to let them come and go as they pleased.

That's what I did.

I installed a pet door and tried to teach the cats how to use it.

I was conflicted about that cat door, let me tell you. I was petrified that one of my cats would get run over on the street or caught in an animal trap or hurt by a neighborhood dog.

I still worry about those things, but they were hurting each other by fighting in the house. Those real injuries were far more frequent than any possible injuries that may happen outside.

After a month or so, though, all four cats were using the cat door by themselves. They were happier, healthier, and the neighbors had fewer mice.

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45 thoughts on “My “House” Cats Featuring a $25 Giveaway”

  1. One unexpected thing that I did to improve my cat’s life is to put myself in danger to bring my stray cat that is “ours” to the vet. She is wild and likes to fight, scratch and bite, but she was sick. 

  2. I don’t have a cat anymore, but when I did, having her spayed was a very good thing for her. And for us. Cats in heat are no fun at all.

  3. I don’t have a cat anymore, but when I did, having her spayed was a very good thing for her. And for us. Cats in heat are no fun at all.

  4. We don’t have cats (I’m allergic) but we’re getting a puppy…tomorrow!!!!  One unexpected thing we’ve done is set up a huge exercise pen in our family room so that the puppy will have space to move around.  I didn’t think I would sacrifice that much space for a dog, but  we’re doing all we can to make it comfortable for him.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  5. We don’t have cats (I’m allergic) but we’re getting a puppy…tomorrow!!!!  One unexpected thing we’ve done is set up a huge exercise pen in our family room so that the puppy will have space to move around.  I didn’t think I would sacrifice that much space for a dog, but  we’re doing all we can to make it comfortable for him.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  6. I never get my cats spaded or neutered- and just last month i decided too- and i feel good about it
    tcogbill at live dot com

  7. I never get my cats spaded or neutered- and just last month i decided too- and i feel good about it
    tcogbill at live dot com

  8. I created a closed in patio for my cat.  He loves to wander but I hate the little half dead presents he brings me, so this way he gets outside but unless a mouse or lizard has a death wish, there are no more “gifts”

  9. I’ve donated clothing for on my kitty’s bed!  He likes things that smell like us, so when we bag up clothes for the Goodwill, we set aside a few pieces for Mr. Piper Kitty

  10. An unexpected thing I’ve done for a pet, is when my momma cat got out in the road and got hit by a car, I took in her 4 week old babies and raised them.  They are all still alive and doing well.

  11. My dh and son built a cat “jungle gym” in the den for them. They built towers, hammocks, springboards, seasaws for them to play on. I also planted catnip in my herb garden for the first time this year. My cats love fresh catnip, plus it is a lot cheaper to grow my own than to buy dried and packaged nip at the store.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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