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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-15-2010, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Figured you'd all like a little story about Ender, my Maine Coon. You see, he reallllllly loves the outdoors... so much so that he's devised crafty means of getting outside whenever he can.

The kids (Ender and Valentine) and I just moved to a new place, and I have a roommate, Alan, who's new to cats. He's especially new to clever cats. I warned him about Ender's ability to find his way outside, and he promised to be careful.

Alan was doing his laundry this afternoon out back, in the fenced back porch. The fence is a good eight feet high, and Ender was loudly begging to be let out, so Alan figured, "What's the harm? He's fenced in." He let Ender into the yard with him and turned to put his clothes in the washing machine.

When he turned back around, he saw no sign of Ender; the crafty feline had somehow escaped entirely!

Alan and I walked around the block looking for him, including walking through the backyard outside the fence, and that's where we heard him mewing right near the back of the house. While we stared at the eight-foot fence surrounding our yard, Ender suddenly popped to the top of it... on the neighbor's side.

He saw me and leapt down and came toward us, yowling to be saved. As we took him back into the house, Alan apologized for letting him out and "losing" him, but I brushed it off, telling him, "Ender can be very persuasive."

Mundane story, but it livened our afternoons a bit.

And, to make this worth your while, here's a picture of Ender in his papasan, looking intensely pleased with himself after his escapade:



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He is so gorgeous, just stunning! We haven't seen nearly enough pictures of him!

Remember, if he turns up missing, he's still in San Diego. With a little harem.

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Aaaaaahhhhh, he is beautiful and reminds me of my Dusty-kitty(RB).

Your 8' fence sounds great and I wonder if you could make an addition to the top to keep the kitties in the yard and be able to allow them safely out into the porch area?

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Jumped an 8' fence. Thats impressive! Loved the smug look on his face.

Guess your roomie is in for an education about cats. Cant wait to hear of the next
clever thing Ender does!
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Cheeky monkey!

He is just gorgeous. I've always wondered if cats love those papasan chairs. They actually look like the perfect cat bed, especially for larger cats. Does he love it?


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He loves his papasan! And he fits quite well in it.

By popular demand, here are more pictures from today's morning/afternoon nap:







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He is just gorgeous!!

How big is your fenced in area? If it is small you could put netting over the entire area to allow your kitties access to the outside.


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I'm not sure that's feasible, I'm afraid. It's sort of a condo complex, and I don't think our neighbors would appreciate that. Besides, I only rent a room here, and I don't want to put the owner out.

Maybe I'll put tape on the ledge near the top of the fence. Think that'd perturb him enough not to try it again?


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Maybe I'll put tape on the ledge near the top of the fence. Think that'd perturb him enough not to try it again?
No. If he can jump from floor to top, or even mostly to the top with a little scrape-and-pull-of-the-claws to reach the top, tape won't stop him reaching the top and going over.



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D'oh.

Well, I've tried the leash thing, and he didn't take to it. I guess he'll just have to learn to like being an indoor cat!


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