Join Date: Jul 2005
Gallery Pics: 0 Visit dobebug's Gallery
Thanked 29,983 Times in 7,332 Posts
LOL--you have my sympathy. The cats remain Joey's terrible temptation. I spend a lot of time reminding him to "LEAVE THE CATS ALONE!!!!
And last night I was ready to kill both the dog and the cat. My cats are inside only but Clark--the younger cat periodically makes bold breaks for freedom and becomes an outside cat for 10 or 15 minutes. I had let Joey out for his list pee break at 10:00 last night and evidently hadn't shut the slider behind me. Clark who is a big strong cat can if the slider is ajar at all can pull it open enough to squeeze through.
And he did. I saw him slip by me--Joey was still out in the yard and I think Clark ran under him, realized he wasn't alone in the yard and ducked under the deck which sits alone against the fence (I can't imagine what the people who preceeded me were intending to do with that free standing deck but it now remains a place where the occasional field rat moves in and promptly moves out when it realized the yard is full of dogs) then Joey would not come. The attraction of A CAT in his yard was just too much.
And it turned out that all, all of my flashlights needed batteries and would produce light but it's a big yard and it was very dark.
Ultimately I gave up, got a book and locked the other cat in the bathroom with his food, and opened the screen and the slider and sat in the kitchen and read until the dog, the very bad dog who didn't come when called came in an hour and a half later.
No cat, but I expected that.
Joey and I went to bed (and he got no bedtimes cookies.)
I left a light on over the stove, shut the screen, let the cat (Leon) out of the bathroom and went to bed. At 4:00am, Leon (whose Siamese ancestry) only shows in his voice--was screaming about something in the kitchen. I got up and went out and as I expected, saw Clark outside ate the door wanting in. He was much the dirtier for his stay under the deck--a tuxedo cat whose white vest and feet were now dirt colored. He was very glad to be home and inside. He's still trying to get cleaned up.
Joey is still being told "LEAVE THE DAMNED CATS ALONE")
But at least I missed out on the under six month tendency to leave holes in hands, arms and feet.
But the cats aren't any better than Joey, the loaner--and some times I'd like to murder them all.