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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-24-2013, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Door dashing help

My youngest cat absolutely loves the outdoors. She was born out there and still loves it. We have a tiny backyard so when the weather is nice we let her back there when we are out there for a few minutes, sometimes if we leave her a bit longer we put her on a harness. The oldest cat likes it out back occasionally and the other one doesnt like it.

We have been bouts of nice weather so I have been letting them out back more. Since then we can't even open the back door to let our dog out without Sophie (the youngest ) dashing out the back. This isn't a big deal because the yard is small and we grab her but its a pain when we go in and out to BBQ etc. it'll be annoying in summer. Now the problem is... Today bf was changing his ties over and tied our dog up front with him. I poked my head out s few times to talk to him and each time Sophie dashed out. This was a first. She never goes out the front or garage door. She dashed to the neighbours porch(connected to ours) and the front lawn but didn't go far. I'm super worried she is going to do this every time we open the door and even more concerned when people come over because the dog greets people instantly and it would be easy for her to slip out un noticed. Now she keeps sitting by the front door chirping. I don't want to make her an indoor/outdoor cat because she doesn't have her shots and there's a few others in the neighbourhood I don't want her getting into a confrontation with.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-26-2013, 04:24 AM
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Door dashing help

Well first off, if she doesn't wear a collar, get her one and put a tag on it with her info. If she does get out at least someone will be able to call you to let you know.

Beyond idea. My cats are all deathly afraid of being outside. They'll run the opposite direction of an open door. They've always been perfectly content with watching their version of reality tv from the windows.

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My kitten did this when he was about 6 months to recently.
For some reason, he always used to dash outside then get scared and RUN from any and EVERY thing (including me!)

I combatted it by keeping a VERY close eye on him when the door would be open, which is kind of difficult due to the fact that I have to keep an eye on my dog as well. And actually taking him out on the leash has helped. He now kind of knows that when the leash is on he can go out, but when it's not he isn't allowed. Also, stomping my feet and the spray bottle has gone a long way. I just try to make sure that the screen is closed or that the door isn't open very much.
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