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The Bellinghman
Date: 2006-09-13 12:26
Subject: Oops, she did it again
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No, not Britney Spears dropping another sprog.

This is our Abbie queen, Talia. Both cats are still being kept in, but late yesterday evening, I realised Talia wasn't to be seen. Looking around, there was absolutely no sign of her. Neither of us humans had been outside, or opened any of the external doors, since before she'd been fed.

So, same procedure as last year same procedure as last week. Kosh locked on his own in a bedroom, cat flap reopened. Sure enough, a few hours later, Talia wanders in with a mouse (live), which she then ignores in favour of real food.

Our conclusion is that she found the main bedroom window ajar (it was fairly muggy last night) and squeezed out onto the window ledge before jumping down onto the lawn. OK, that's onto nice soft grass, but even so, it's quite a drop, about 4 metres. And it's probably how she 'escaped' last time too, so she's doing it deliberately.

Bugger. We really don't like having to seal the bedroom in this heat.
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Linz: cats
User: k425
Date: 2006-09-13 11:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Time to fit a screen to the window? They can be buggers for getting out, though. Cats, not screens. We can't just shut the cat-flap, we have to put things in front of it otherwise Felix picks and picks until he's pulled it apart and goes.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-09-13 11:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, it's not as though this is a frequent problem - it should be over in a week - so a screen would seem a bit much. Once the weather turns cool, the health problem should abate, and we'll not need the cooling breeze either.

(I do wish we'd gone for swivel-and-tilt windows, though.)

As for the cat flap - it has an upturned stool and our recycling sack of crushed metal cans in front of it.
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User: purpletigron
Date: 2006-09-13 12:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I reckon that screen windows are going to become a whole lot more popular in the UK in coming years - particularly for owners of 'mobile' pets (and guardians of young children perhaps too?)
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I'm really Onda Musslan: kitty tp
User: evilshell
Date: 2006-09-13 14:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:kitty tp
I have to admit, this is a lingering question quietly sitting in the back of my mind.

As you know, we plan on moving over there in the next couple of years. And we have two cats that are 100% indoor, balcony (with a net) is as much outdoors as they get. We don't have screens here, but those rolling outside metal blinds, which let in more than enough air when down - but keep cats inside at the same time.

How does one keep indoor-only cats in the UK, and still open the windows?!
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-09-13 14:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
To a certain extent, I wouldn't expect a cat that has never gone out to really want to go out - our problem is that ours utterly adore the freedom to go out because they've always been permitted to.

As you are aware, the metal external blinds aren't found over here (not that I've ever seen, anyway), unlike Germany and Sweden and Switzerland. As a result, most places can have outward opening windows, rather than needing the inward tilting type (though my last place had the dual-opening type) or sliding types.

For outward opening, I'm not sure how you'd do it. Probably an inner screen window that you opened inwards (or slid), opened the outer window, and then reclosed the screen.

To be honest, I'm not sure I know any UK cat owners who don't let their cats out. I probably do, but I don't know that I do.

Anyone out there able to answer this?
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Sion: cat!
User: sion_a
Date: 2006-09-13 15:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm not sure I know any UK cat owners who don't let their cats out.

I've known a couple. One because the cat was FIV+. Another because although both of theirs were technically outdoor cats, one would get himself lost before making it to the bottom of the garden, and if he was being kept in for his own good, it was too awkward/unfair to let the other out. Unfortunately, I don't know in either case how the window opening issue was handled.
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User: kotturinn
Date: 2006-09-13 15:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I know a FIV+ cat. His humans use the screen technique. I think strong velcro-alike is involved. I'm not sure how that would stand up to a truly persistent paw, but it seems to be fine with this cat. Mind you, he is so happy to have a Real Home now, and "servants" to paw that he's not going to do any thing to jeopardise it!
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