New kitten gets cheeky - help keeping her inside!
Hello all - we've been browsing for the almost three months that we've had our wonderful new kitty, and finally have a question of our own!
Our kitty Gracie is almost eight months old now - she's a very sweet blue British shorthair girl that we are all besotted with (me, hubby and teenage son). She has been absolutely great - polite, cheerful, playful, amenable to everything with minimal grumbling - weekly nail trims, baths, etc. Her only mischief has been sneaking bits of peat moss out of the silk plants sometimes and leaving it around the living room at night.
She was spayed at six months and is fully recovered, and we just finished having relatives visit for the holidays. Gracie seems to have become emboldened after the guests left - she's not as shy around our other friends and visitors anymore, she's more emphatic about letting us know when she wants to play or when she has an opinion, and now suddenly she's taken to rushing out the back kitchen door when we go outside. She particularly takes advantage of hubby when he is carrying a laptop or a coffee cup and is not as able to react so fast. (Luckily, it is not the front door which leads to the driveway and the street). We can and do close the deck gate, to discourage her from going on down the stairs to the back yard etc. The deck is about ten or twelve feet off the ground, with an iron decorative railing all around but there is a gap around the bottom and between the verticals, if she really wanted to jump, or, worse, if something startled her while she was out there and she bolted it would be a long fall to the ground and a very hard time finding her in all the plantings and hiding places...
I've read about tricks for keeping a cat in when you are coming into the house (spray bottle of water in hand, or compressed air sprayer, or dropping keys to make a loud noise...) but what's a good way to keep her from following someone out the door? We can't really ambush her on the way out - there's no room in the kitchen to hide so there's no element of surprise. Do we have to make the kitchen off limits? That would be a bummer. Does anyone have some tricks to suggest? "Sticky paws" tape all over the deck by the door?? Something smelly?
Thanks for your help! And we are happy to be here... Fran