Indoor Cat Escape Artist - Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-20-2017, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
Kitten
 
Aulora's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: York County, Virginia, USA
Posts: 9
Indoor Cat Escape Artist

My 7 month old cat keeps escaping the house from small cracks in the door as we leave or come back inside. I've caught her each time a few minutes after she got out. She is a good climber and we've seen her jump 3 1/2 feet, so a baby gate doesn't seem effective (plus most are climbable). She does wear a bell collar but it's breakaway and she discards it when we aren't looking. I want to avoid a normal collar if possible. Thoughts?
Aulora is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-21-2017, 03:02 AM
Premier Cat
 
spirite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Roanoke, Va
Posts: 8,486
Hi Aulora,

I had a door-dashing kitty too. Even after she went blind, she would take every opportunity to try to get out. From what you say, your kitty will always be lurking by the door when she sees that you're leaving, or when she hears you (or anyone) coming in. The only thing that will work (short of confining her somewhere every time you need to open the door, which doesn't seem feasible) is hypervigilance. I learned to always open the door just wide enough to stick my foot in the opening first, before opening the door all the way, whether I was leaving or entering. If you can train everyone in your house to always open the doors the same way - and I mean always - that should be effective.
spirite is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-21-2017, 01:20 PM
Premier Cat
 
catloverami's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 5,138
I use a similar method as spirite with the foot in the door, but for a determined door dasher is may help if you walk backwards out the door rather than going forward.....this way if your door dasher looks like she's going to sprint, stomp your foot hard on the floor....that usually stops them from dashing. If she gets out and wanders away, I would put one of those electronic tracking devices on her collar (https://www.thetrackr.com/) so you can find her easily.

"There are no ordinary cats.";"Time spent with a cat is never wasted."~ Colette
"A loving cat can mend a wounded heart." ~ Unknown Author
Alkitotle aka "Alkee", "Lambie" (July 2/04 - Oct. 2/15) -- white Devon Rex
in avatar. "Always in my heart."
catloverami is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-21-2017, 01:36 PM
Super Moderator
 
marie73's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 29,138
Okay, this isn't going to be the solution for everyone and some people might think it's mean, but one of my friends had such a bad door dasher and it was hard to catch her cat when she got out. When she walked into the house one day, she had a little bit of water in a glass and splashed her cat with it when she walked in. It took a couple more times, but now whether she's inside the house leaving, or outside coming in, her cat backs up when that door is opened.

Cali, Cinderella, Cleo and Charlee

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Always in my heart, my lovely Cinderella, running free at the Bridge.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
marie73 is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-22-2017, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
Kitten
 
Aulora's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: York County, Virginia, USA
Posts: 9
I think I'll go with catloveramiand get her a normal collar so she can't get it off. And maybe for both (just to be safe). My vet informed me that she doesn't believe in breakaway collars, since more often then not they get out of them. I'll try and get everyone in my house to walk backwards but the 2 doors have stairs right underneath them and my mother is an elderly women. I'm afraid she'll fall, so she won't be walking backwards (and my brother is stubborn and refuses to listen to me, so there's that too).

Last edited by marie73; 10-22-2017 at 10:07 PM.
Aulora is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome