Buddy's 3rd trip to the garage today didn't go quite as well as the 2nd. We had gotten company at about the same time that hubby was trying to bring Buddy back out towards the backyard and the car spooked him.
He ran off, very quickly I might add, through the neighbor's yard and managed to squeeze under a fence and get on the other half of the block. Hubby had a pretty good idea of where he ended up though and sure enough...we found him walking through some brush (mild term used for a neighbor that won't control his weed problem in his backyard!
) and hubby called his name and he came right out to him.
So he brought him back over to our place and he's been here ever since. We really feel comfortable with him walking around in and out of the yard at will now because he spent all day with us today and knows how good things are for him here.
Hubby and I and the resident cats have come inside for the evening and left Buddy out there by himself. We've been peaking at him through the windows and he's handling it excellently! He's walked around stalking some birds, sniffed the flowers and bushes in the yard and has jumped back in his lawn chair for another cat nap. Even if he does get the itch to go hunting this evening I really feel confident that we'll see him in the morning.
There is one concern that has popped up (or should I say "pooped up"
) with the whole garage situation. We put a litter box out there for him and so far he hasn't figured out how to use it. He poo-pooed in the kitty bed and peed on some curtains that we had recently taken off the window in the garage so as to let more light in.
Since we don't have any intentions on bringing him in the house to stay until after his neutering on July 6th, is this ample time to teach him that he needs to use the litter box? I know they say "consistency is the key" but since he's so used to wandering around by himself it freaks him out to be in the garage for much longer than 20 minutes or so and that hasn't left us much time to try to get the point across to him.
If anyone can offer hints on this, we'd appreciate it.