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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-11-2013, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
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He escaped!!

I could kick myself. I did not pull the door shut properly and our kitty has escaped. He is around 11 years old and has spent about a month of his life total outdoors (friends were looking after him and decided it would be a good idea to let him go outside). We moved here about 3 months ago.

We live on a very busy main road! He is nowhere to be seen in our large backyard and I have no idea where he has gone. This happened about 30mins ago. We are leaving the door ajar (our other cat shut in the bedroom) in the hopes he will come home. What are my chances??

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-11-2013, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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OMG - literally as I pressed post he came home. Well, I feel like little bit of an overreacting idiot now, but a RELIEVED overreacting idiot.

I'm glad he decided to come home.
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Lesson learned, huh?! A similiar thing happened to me and it could have been a very different outcome. I had to install one of those automatic door closers on my laundry room door because it would not latch properly and a breeze would open it. For about $30 and a bit of effort I have total piece of mind now!! Had something horrible happened to one of my kitties I could not have forgiven myself. I'm glad kitty is home safe and sound!

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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-11-2013, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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Words cannot express how worried I was!

Since coming back in he has been complaining at the door to get out again. A taste of the great outdoors? I soon cured his complaints with a good brushing though. He loves the brush.

Needless to say I will be more careful in future. And I still have grand plans for a catio and/or cat proof fencing.
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I'm fortunate to have a screened-in porch with 24/7 access. When we remodeled, I insisted on having a pet door put in through the wall. Even in the dead of winter they can be seen napping out there!

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I'm fortunate to have a screened-in porch with 24/7 access. When we remodeled, I insisted on having a pet door put in through the wall. Even in the dead of winter they can be seen napping out there!
That sounds great! We live in a high-set house and the deck hasn't been built yet. My plan was to screen that in, or perhaps the area underneath.
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The access doors are easy to install between the studs unless you have a brick facade like I do. Research "through the wall pet doors". Worth every penny not to have to get up and down to open doors all the time!! The cats learn very quickly how to use it.

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I'm glad to here he's safe.

I don’t let my cats outside because it’s too dangerous between cars, dogs, and cat haters. Lately I have been forgetting to close the door all the way when bringing stuff into the house like fire wood, but I found out that I have a guard dog to keep them in.

I left the door open once for an hour and I freaked out running around counting cats. When I checked the security camera to see how long the door was open, I found that my dog stood guard the whole time.

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I'm so glad your cat came home safely. I do wish, however, that there was a better word to use than escaped. It makes them sound like the prisoners instead of us.

When I first got Zenobi (RIP) she wandered away one time and didn't return until around 11:30 pm. ("got any food?") I was quite worried at the time. Eventually she got to the point of staying near the house. She always came in to use the litterbox.

Missy is not allowed out.

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I'm glad to here he's safe.

I donít let my cats outside because itís too dangerous between cars, dogs, and cat haters. Lately I have been forgetting to close the door all the way when bringing stuff into the house like fire wood, but I found out that I have a guard dog to keep them in.

I left the door open once for an hour and I freaked out running around counting cats. When I checked the security camera to see how long the door was open, I found that my dog stood guard the whole time.

That's a really interesting picture. Any sign that the cats wanted to get by the dog? There are times when getting into an animal's mind might be very interesting.

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