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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.

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  • poet 24 June 2011, 7:20 am

    These cat flaps exist? That's somehow scary… Good luck resolving your cat issues, I'm sure the beasts are worth it (cats being, in my opinion, near-celestial beings… 🙂

  • oranges_and_apples 24 June 2011, 12:18 pm

    You're right, that is scary now I think about it! Never really occured to me before!

  • Libby Livermore 24 June 2011, 12:46 pm

    Glad to hear it! 🙂

  • Libby Livermore 24 June 2011, 12:46 pm

    Ha! I fixed how to post things! Time to do a victory dance, whoo!

  • Lauren 24 June 2011, 1:05 pm

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  • oranges_and_apples 24 June 2011, 1:24 pm

    You're right, that is a bit scary, I never considered that!

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  • Jenni @ EngineeredStyle 24 June 2011, 1:28 pm

    Ah, yes, the difficulties of 1 indoor and 1 outdoor/indoor cat.  We know them well.  You are so right though–when they want to go out, they can be as fast as lightning!  We've had our outdoor/indoor cat lost for a few days and occasionally she stays out all night, and I get so nervous every time it happens!  But my husband always reminds me that she would be so unhappy if she was stuck inside all the time, so it is a risk that we are willing to take.  So glad to hear that Ginger is back to being a good kitty, coming back inside!

  • oranges_and_apples 24 June 2011, 1:31 pm

    Just been to visit – sorry for inane comment on a serious issue, It's Friday
    and it's muggy, my brain doesn't work!

  • oranges_and_apples 24 June 2011, 1:32 pm

    for a while ginger used to go out at night and stay in during the day. It's
    funny how his patterns change. let's hope they'll not change back to
    wandering far off ad getting lost again!

  • THE-LOUDMOUTH 24 June 2011, 5:33 pm

    Hope you don't have coyotes like out here!  I don't think there's such a thing as "outdoor cat" in LA 🙁

  • Jackie 26 June 2011, 7:57 pm

    Glad to hear things are going well with Ginger. Hopefully Ginger will now stick around the house and not get lost anymore. It can be really difficult to keep a cat in when they want to do nothing more than escape.