Just on the off chance that anyone wanted to know, I thought I’d quickly update on Ginger’s disappearing antics. Like I said in the other post, we were planning on keeping him in for a while. We aimed for a week (downgraded from longer because he so very much wanted out), and were then going to let him out, and if he had to be rescued again immediately, that was going to be that and we’d invest in one of those posh cat flaps that scan the cat’s microchip, so that Bertie could go out.
Because poor Bertie was suffering muchly. He likes to go in and out a million times a day, and when the cat flap wasn’t working at night, he’d just keep banging his head against it until we’d wake and let him out. Which made for a few sleepless nights and exhausted days. Twice while we were away during the day he actually managed to push the flap past the thing that was keeping it shut. Luckily McGinge didn’t notice!
But anyway, long story short, on day 4 when I got back from work, Ginger made a break for freedom. He’s usually a very slow moving docile cat, but in this case he was out like a shot, and I didn’t manage to catch him. So we just went with it, and luckily he came back soon after. He’s now been in and out loads of times without getting lost. He’s actually back to hanging out outside the front door like he used to, and he’s also somehow got much better at using the cat flap, which he previously treated as an entry point of last resort.
So thankfully it’s all worked out and hopefully the getting lost thing was just a blip, and we don’t have to turn him indoor cat.