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Old 03-27-2004, 10:50 PM   #15
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If you're going to leave the outer door open, have some way that small children can't open the screen door to "pet the kitty." They may be too young to read any sign you put on there, but they can sure figure out screen door latches. We've come close to having that happen in our driveway when we let the cats out in the trailer.
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Old 03-27-2004, 11:55 PM   #16
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Needle and thread could sew a screen patch or cloth over the sliding door.
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Old 04-04-2004, 09:42 PM   #17
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I returned to the top of georgia campground this week. And am happy to say the velcro idea worked. He tried and tried to get it open but was not successful.
I forgot to take any of his cat toys and he had to resort to playing with a sweet potato.
We went on a few walks across the creek. Mostly the weather was miserable cold, wet and windy.
We're going back on wednesday --- I hope the weather has improved.
Thanks for all the suggestions.

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Old 04-04-2004, 09:56 PM   #18
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I forgot to take any of his cat toys and he had to resort to playing with a sweet potato.
Sweet potato? I don't think I would have thought of that for a cat toy. Hmm...
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Old 04-04-2004, 10:34 PM   #19
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After bringing back a dog from Costa Rica...

.... and then having to gradually find out what height fence she CAN'T scale... i can say that having the locator "chip" implated brings a lot of peace of mind. It's the size of a grain of rice, is implanted by the shoulder with a big hypodermic, and cost only 20 bucks or so. All shelters & most police stations have scanners that link you, your pet & a national registry.
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Old 04-04-2004, 10:48 PM   #20
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We feel your anxiety. We just returned from a week with our Siamese, Mistletoe, in our A/S. The first time in her life (11+ yrs) she's been out of the house. She is just getting back to her 'old' habits...may not do that again .
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Old 04-05-2004, 04:17 PM   #21
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Edie,
Yeah I would have never thought of a sweet potato as a cat toy either. He saw it on the table and started moving it around with his paw. he next thing i knew it was on the couch, and then he was carrying it around in his mouth. Who would have thought it.

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Old 04-05-2004, 05:38 PM   #22
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When I was staying at a KOA in Miami three weeks ago I met some folks who keep their cat in it's harness attached to a very long rope within their Motorhome at all times. The cat has adjusted to the rope and does not get all hung up on it. The rope is long enough for the cat to go outside (twice a day, to the end of their awning) and these folks never have to worry about their baby getting lost.

I'm thinking of trying this with my beloved cat Buddy as I'd love to have him come along with us without the fear of him getting out and getting lost.
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You should give it a try first. I was worried about our cat escaping, but she's quite content to just watch things going on. Didn't make a move for the door all weekend. Of course, she's kind of like that around the house too. Escaping to the harsh outdoors is not her thing, she'd rather pose on the couch and gaze out a window.

I'd hesitate to leave an animal tied while I was gone. I'd be afraid they'd get tangled up when I wasn't around to help.
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Old 04-05-2004, 06:53 PM   #24
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Since the velcro idea worked, I guess thumb cuffs for the cat are out of the question! Glad that it worked.
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Old 04-05-2004, 07:20 PM   #25
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My cat Buddy is a former feral, we saved him from this fate when he was about 2 years old, he's about 12 now. He learned to become a pet within six months (that's wicked quick for an older feral to turn around) but he always is trying to get outside. At this point he just wants to eat some blades of grass in our yard but I'd hate for him to get outside of the Airstream and get lost. I think you are right about not keeping him tied up when we are not there, we'll just have to make sure to close the door and test the screens before we leave. Buddy has gone "streamin" with us twice, just weekend trips. He is great while we are in the camper but just try to be outside sitting around the campfire without him, he yowls to be let out so he can join us.
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We have some Friends as well as some unit members that keep a red 3 holed brick with a rope attached outside. The cats get attached to this brick when they want to be out. It will not stop them from moving, but will slow them down if they go to catch a bird. This way they can be out, and you don't have to be watching 100% of the time.
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We have some Friends as well as some unit members that keep a red 3 holed brick with a rope attached outside. The cats get attached to this brick when they want to be out. It will not stop them from moving, but will slow them down if they go to catch a bird. This way they can be out, and you don't have to be watching 100% of the time.
good idea brett, our younger cat liza has figured out how to open the new screen door i put on the house last weekend...she sounds like she is gonna die if left in the house alone.

i like it, cat on a brick!

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