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post #1 of 16
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Can someone help explain this to me?

As you may recall I have a cat I have been trying to transition from indoor/outdoor to indoor only.

Well tonight my cat snuck out under my feet and immediately started
over to the very house where he got into a cat fight a little while ago.
I thought avoiding pain was a common aspect of the animal kingdom, not so with mine I suppse....
I followed him over, and while the other cat was no where in site my cats tail was all puffed up, so i KNOW he remembered what happened to him there.
And it wasn't easy to get him to leave.

Why in blazes would he WANT to go back over there?
post #2 of 16
Maybe like people..this cat has an ego..Maybe he has something to proove..I know cats will spray on eachothers "Turf" to take it over...Maybe something like this happened here...I am not sure though
post #3 of 16
Maybe....just maybe the cat fight was over a female in heat. So it was worth going back over there - if you know what I mean

On a serious note I had answered this to someone else once who had asked the same question. Try putting something hanging from the door, he's used to going out of, that's filled with pennies. So this way when the door opens he'll hear something startling that scares him and will relate him going near the door to go outside, to a scary thing and won't want to go out anymore!

Or something along those lines. You get the idea! Let me know how it goes.
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by ccoccocats
Maybe....just maybe the cat fight was over a female in heat. So it was worth going back over there - if you know what I mean

On a serious note I had answered this to someone else once who had asked the same question. Try putting something hanging from the door, he's used to going out of, that's filled with pennies. So this way when the door opens he'll hear something startling that scares him and will relate him going near the door to go outside, to a scary thing and won't want to go out anymore!

Or something along those lines. You get the idea! Let me know how it goes.
I like the pennies idea. I will try it.

He's neutered, wouldn't that make the cat in heat less interesting?
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Marge
I like the pennies idea. I will try it.

He's neutered, wouldn't that make the cat in heat less interesting?
Not certain for sure, but I do know that my 8 yr. old neutered male still humps the blanket on my bed. I've been told it's more psychological than physical sensations. Perhaps it's a territorial thing, if in fact there is a female lurking around.

He could simply have claimed his territory over there and is fighting off those that come near whatever it is that's over there.

Just curious, how do you know it was a cat fight that he was in originally? I mean, could it have been with a groundhog or oppossum, etc.?
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
I put a bag of pennies on the door. I hope it helps.

I just wish he was mre afraid of things, not much scares him. I envy people here who have scardy cats. I his tail puffed so he is feeling fear,but not Enough I guess.
post #7 of 16
Cheryl, was it you that suggested that for my Sally? Works like a charm. She hasn't been out in months. Of course, I am afraid to go out too. That thing is loud! I used a soda can and taped string to it and hung it a couple of feet below the doorknob. But all kitties are staying far away from the door. Thanks.
post #8 of 16
Oh, I used marbles and pennies, so the pennies wouldn't just stay flat at the bottom of the can. Becky
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by ccoccocats
Not certain for sure, but I do know that my 8 yr. old neutered male still humps the blanket on my bed. I've been told it's more psychological than physical sensations. Perhaps it's a territorial thing, if in fact there is a female lurking around.

He could simply have claimed his territory over there and is fighting off those that come near whatever it is that's over there.

Just curious, how do you know it was a cat fight that he was in originally? I mean, could it have been with a groundhog or oppossum, etc.?
OH and I know it was a cat fight cause I witnessed the last moments.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by zanniesmom
Oh, I used marbles and pennies, so the pennies wouldn't just stay flat at the bottom of the can. Becky
So let me make sure I have this straight, so you hang a can with pennies and
marbles on the Door, and when the cat wants out you bang the can against the door?
post #11 of 16
Well, Sally didn't ask to go out, she just scooted out between my feet. So when I open the door for any reason, the can bangs against the door and the pennies and marbles rattle against the can and it scares her away from the door. After a few times, she just stays away from the door and so do the rest of the gang. I suppose I could remove it now, but I don't want to take the chance. Sally is fast. Becky
post #12 of 16
I tried that trick with Simon. He figured out it was a toy, and played with it one night. That made me realize Simon was smarter than me....now I just pick him up, set him on the washer, and leave realllllllly fast.

Sorry Marge, I haven't any real idea. But I know someone here will understand the behavior, and be able to chime in.

Best-
Michele
post #13 of 16
Marge, it isn't uncommon for a cat wanting to finish what he started in regards to fighting another cat. The threat is still out there,and so the cat wants to get rid of the threat, because until he knows he has run off the attacker, he can't relax. He can smell the cat a mile away and he will seek out his nemesis and try to finish the job.

Bailey was going nuts a few days ago scratching at the bedroom window (which at the time was closed) and growling. I went to stand by the window to look out and eventually I saw the feral that had gotten Bails, hiding under the wheelbarrow. Bailey knew he was there, and he wanted him bad!
post #14 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by zanniesmom
Cheryl, was it you that suggested that for my Sally? Works like a charm. She hasn't been out in months. Of course, I am afraid to go out too. That thing is loud! I used a soda can and taped string to it and hung it a couple of feet below the doorknob. But all kitties are staying far away from the door. Thanks.
Yes, it was me. I referred to you in my reply above. I'm so glad it worked for you! LOL re: you being afraid of the door too!
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hissy, that is really fascinating. I had no idea. It's Like a Clint Eastwood film
or something.
post #16 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marge
So let me make sure I have this straight, so you hang a can with pennies and
marbles on the Door, and when the cat wants out you bang the can against the door?
Now during the holidays, your guests are gonna wonder about you, and the new "Holiday Decoration" you got goin! Too funny!
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