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this is EXACTLY why I have to board Stoli and Luxor

post #1 of 11
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It happened again tonight.

Stoli got out when we were trying to get in. Our door opens to the great outdoors and usually Stoli doesn't bolt, but today he did. He came right back but god this scares me. He fortunately came back for me, but if we were having someone come over to take care of the cats, he wouldn't have come back.

Actually today he's been a real extraordinary pain in the butt. should I be worried about this behavior change? He consistently is doing things he shouldn't be and doing ANYTHING to get attention. Today just topped it off when he got out.

Why does he do this? With Luxor and his pooping issues and Stoli and his annoying behavior - this really makes me want cats....
post #2 of 11
I'm glad that he came right back but I know that it is scary and frustrating when they do that! I hope that these issues resolve themselves or that someone can give you some super great advice. All I can offer you is thoughts and vibes!
post #3 of 11
He's probably testing you. I bet he'll be back to normal once your routine comes back into swing. I was just away on business most of the week and my hubby said the dynamic duo was on their worst behavior, jumping where they know they shouldn't, walking on the counters, knocking things off the table...
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It happened again tonight.

Stoli got out when we were trying to get in. Our door opens to the great outdoors and usually Stoli doesn't bolt, but today he did. He came right back but god this scares me. He fortunately came back for me, but if we were having someone come over to take care of the cats, he wouldn't have come back.

Actually today he's been a real extraordinary pain in the butt. should I be worried about this behavior change? He consistently is doing things he shouldn't be and doing ANYTHING to get attention. Today just topped it off when he got out.

Why does he do this? With Luxor and his pooping issues and Stoli and his annoying behavior - this really makes me want cats....
It is strange. Alley is a rescued cat who was fending for herself outside for we do not know how long. She sits and looks outside a lot, but whenever a door opens, she shows no inclination whatsoever to go out. Persi on the other hand, will rush out any chance he gets so when we have company over with the door opening and closing, we have to keep him locked in the back room. Right now I am waiting for a plumber to come over so I have him locked here in the office with me. What makes me so mad about these type of people is they never give any thought to leaving doors open. Not to pick on just plumbers, but I had my house up for sale and the #$%@! real estate people were always leaving the door open. I guess these people have never had pets. As far as why one wants outside and the other does not, I wish I knew.
post #5 of 11
I have the same problem with Crimson. She sits by the door and waits for us to come home. As soon as the door is opened, she bolts. We are in an apt right now and she can only get to the hallway and down to the basement. She's a rescued scrap cat and would love to be back outside. I've started keeping a water bottle by the door and when I come home I spray a threat spray as I open the door, and she backs away. I know what you mean about the realtors, apt maintenance. They don't think.... We are soon moving to a house, I have a 5mo old son and I know that when he is able to open doors, my cat is gone.
post #6 of 11
I know exactly what you guys are going through! My PHX is an indoor cat and I don't really know what his past was since he's from a animal shelter. But everytime I try to leave the house, he tries to leave with me! I have to use my leg as a block so he can't get out. I have been trying to give him a couple treats before I leave that way he's distracted and won't have time to get to the door... but I think he's catching on? When I am first coming home he doesn't do this, because he doesn't have enough time to get to the door- since he sleeps on my bed when I'm not home. I sometimes wonder if he would just rather live outside, but I live in very busy Phoenix area and there are just too many cars to let him out. I've also been trying to bring him out on a least a few times a week so he sees whats out there... but its not working (so far). Hmmmmm....
post #7 of 11
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i'll keep a water bottle hanging on the railing as you walk into my place. today he was fine. i don't know what got into him yesterday but i don't want it to happen again. i had a panic attack that lasted hours,
post #8 of 11
I've found that a coffee can (metal) with four or five pennies in it works wonders for a correctional tool. I keep one by the door. The water gun didn't work on the Bengals, but the can works on all of them. And.. they all *stop* and scatter when you shake the can. I was having serious trouble with mine and doors.. to the basement, to the outdoors, to the closet.. and then I put the can into play..

Now they sit back and wait for us to come through the door, like good children.
post #9 of 11
to the outdoors, to the closet.. and then I put the can into play..



Once my husband went to the closet to get a game, we went to a friends, ended up staying the night. Next morning, couldn't find the cat......
post #10 of 11
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and that's why i always do a head count before i go to bed or go out.
post #11 of 11
We do that too. I do a quick check every time I come in from the deck. I have two that want out in the worst way and sometimes they're superfast. But the can really does work wonders.
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