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I can't believe he ran out the door!

post #1 of 14
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Last night when I got home Jordan went running out the door. This is something he used to do all the time. With all his ups and downs over the last year - year & half he stopped doing that and I stoped being careful. He ran all the way across the walk way in front of our building, stopped looked behind to see if I was coming, which of coarse I was. He ran down the stairs & started going under the stairs. Well a car came down the road & that freaked him out so he ran back up the stairs and to our door. He sat at the door hissing until I got there . I laughed & said well dumby your the one that tried to run away not me. It was funny because he didn't get away, but I wonder what was he thinking? He obviously didn't really want to be outside. Levi used to do this same thing, run out the door & down the stairs and then flip out because he was outside. Any ideas why he would do such a silly thing?
post #2 of 14
Probably it's the "call of the wild" thing. Once in a while it surfaces unexpectedly.
post #3 of 14
Felix has run out our door several times. He would wander down to the end of the row (about 3 or 4 doors down) and stop. One time he started going down the stairs, but I caught him half way down.

The last time he escaped, he ran into my next door neighbors apartment!
My boyfriend scared our neighbor when he started to walk in the door (they had it open) ... but she was nice so he went and got crazy Felix out of their kitchen.

He hasn't tried anything since then.
post #4 of 14
OMG, you are so lucky he ran back home from the car! Was he an outdoor cat at one time? If he has always been an indoor kitty, he is testing his boundaries and seeking attention. Sometimes indoor kitties will try to explore beyond their home simply because they are bored and enjoy the chase, till they are truely threatened and it isn't fun any more!
post #5 of 14
Blossom started out being an indoor only kitty until oh started taking her out to roll in the sun & eat some grass. She used to be contented to stay near the back door & would never attempt to go out the door by herself. She would sit at the back door as we came & went. But now she is trying to go out all the time. She sometimes succeeds & now she has ventured to our boundary fence. Our dogs try to roughhouse with her & she tries to get back inside. I dread the day she decides to explore outside our yard.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by cheylink View Post
OMG, you are so lucky he ran back home from the car! Was he an outdoor cat at one time? If he has always been an indoor kitty, he is testing his boundaries and seeking attention. Sometimes indoor kitties will try to explore beyond their home simply because they are bored and enjoy the chase, till they are truely threatened and it isn't fun any more!
He was an outdoor kitten, but he hasn't been an outdoor kitty since he was 3 months old. He is now 5 years old. He used to door dash when he was younger, but I thought I had broke him of that habit. He has not tried again this week. I haven't been around much, and he is super smart. It could be the attention thing, or the boredome thing.
post #7 of 14
onyx ran outside at every given chance for MONTHS after we brought him in. he's recently started up again, and i swear i'm gonna kill him in the not-too-distant future. >_<

here's hoping that the nice, big, double-layered screen porch in the new house curbs his appetite for outdoor adventures!
post #8 of 14
I think that rushing doors is a "game" to cats. My former cat got out one fine spring day about 8 months after she came to live with me. What she didn't realize is that 1) I had to go to work; 2) she wouldn't be able to get back in. When I returned home 6 hours later (I left early), she was waiting at the back door, rushed to the couch, and slept soundly for the next four hours! She was not used to being out and having to watch for danger (she had been a stray how adopted me). After that, she stayed away from any door that I was about to open! They don't really want to be outside; they just think that rushing out the door is a cool game.
post #9 of 14
definetly a game of sorts. they are very curious creatures after all
post #10 of 14
i had a cat [abe] who ran out the door, up a tree, down the tree, and back inside
all in a matter of seconds.
i just stood there, what was that?
post #11 of 14
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I think Jordan is just as amazed at how good he's feeling these days as I am and just got over excited to feel so good. I'm still baffled that this cat that the vet was so sure had lymphoma and was going to die has come back around and is doing great over a year later. (needless to say I do not think he has lymphoma and his body was reacting to his medication)
post #12 of 14
Sneaking outside has become a game for Koko our male kitten.I seriously worried he's gonna get smashed in the door,he seems to have no fear.When he gets out he doesn't go far he lays down in the grass looking kind of stunned.

He spent the first 8-9 weeks of his life as a wild cat so i'm a little surprised he doesn't take off.His mom Momcat got out and ran off last week.We didn't worry much she came back in about 20 minutes she's like a boomerang.Until recently she was a stray basically.We didn't think we'd be able to make a pet out of her but she's adjusting well.
post #13 of 14
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Jordan did it again last night. This time he got to the end of the walk way, turned around and waited for me. I picked him up & told him he was naughty gave him a hug & put him back in the house. Later I made sure to play with him, I suspect he's got some pent up energy so I'm trying to make sure to play with them every night.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by j fred muggs View Post
i had a cat [abe] who ran out the door, up a tree, down the tree, and back inside
all in a matter of seconds.
i just stood there, what was that?
LOL. That really is odd. It's hard trying to figure out the mind of a cat.
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