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Old 01-06-2009, 02:21 PM   #31
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Someone had suggested a scat mat that is like the electric fence in a way but he could jump over it.
I didn't think they made it but they do make shock collars for cats. But he wouldn't want to walk through the doorway to go into the livingroom when they are home.
Well, I think I finally talked them into getting a cage.
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If they put it in front of the kitchen window, he can have a ledge to watch out of, put the litter box in the bottom and a comfy bed in there, he can feel comfortable going in on his own. They can leave the door open when they are home and watching him.
They just have to measure to see if it will fit.

Thanks for all your fun replies

Okay, they changed that and are now thinking of putting the accordion door on the livingroom doorway, giving more room for it to be open. I suggested putting a 4x4 on the ground temporarily so he will see he cannot get under it by pushing on the bottom. It would be a less expensive solution.


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Old 01-07-2009, 11:32 PM   #32
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Put a piece of cardboard 2 foot tall across the doorway. Cats won't jump where they can't see what they are going to land on.
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:54 PM   #33
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What about a mesh screen or vinyl panel attached to the door frame by velcro strips. They make these below, but I'm thinking a home-fashioned one could roll up against the side of the door jamb and solve your space issue.

Otherwise the accordion doors are a stellar idea.


http://www.stacksandstacks.com/instant-screen-door-mounts-with-velcro/627/5863/

Hope this helps
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:09 AM   #34
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Wow 5 days and still talking about the cat? More famous than George W...
The cat probably hasn't even told his cat friends he's moving yet. 5 days...why not just convert him to a screen saver?
I think you should call the CAT WHISPERER

On the dander issue, not sure if it's age but my allergies only showed up with my wife's Persian when I met her in my 20's. We had cats continually until I was 13, no long hairs, no issues.Fed them Doctor Ballard's canned food.
I have done service calls for years and had either no reaction or instant reaction in different homes with cats. I generally carry a mask and some pills. Flooring, furniture material and furnace filter play a big role. When I see hair balls and dust bunnies I know I'm in trouble.
I am talking walk into the foyer and bang, itchy eyes.....I am convinced that diet, I'm guessing maybe with enough fish oil, etc. will reduce dander. Remember some humans have dandruff and flakey dry skin. Cats can't be that different.
When I was a kid a Baltimore Oriole hit our window and broke it's neck. It was so beautiful and rare in our area that my dad decided to have it mounted and it sat on our mantel for years. One day we came home and bang...... the cat had gone postal. Bye Bye Birdie!
I don't know what the damn bird said but cats are unpredictable.......... and this mantel was about 6' high.
In your efforts to outwit the cat you will discover why the ancient Egyptions held them in high esteem. Best of Luck with your devices!!!!!!!
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:08 PM   #35
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Well, they moved into the new apartment today and the cat immediately hid behind the refrigerator. Pulled him out and a little while later he was back behind it. Pulled him out again and blocked it so he cannot get there.
Gave him a bath. ??? (Don't ask me, I was just dropping furniture off) And he hasn't let the bathroom since then. Just laying in his little bed.

They were going to see how he did but I reminded them that if he damages the couch, that's it so it is better to keep him out just in case. They were going to Lowes to get an accordion door.

cfordnj, that is a really cool door but they have such little space that they wouldn't be able to open the door or take it off to store it.
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Old 01-09-2009, 02:46 PM   #36
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Deetu they are missing a simple solution. BUY A CRATE!!!!!

Its not cruel or mean or too harsh its compassionate to keep the cat and the homeowners both happy with each other.
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I say get a crate for a large dog.

I have to keep my cat confined to the basement during the night and I use baby gates that are tension operated. I have 2 and I stack them one on top of another in the door frame, makes for a 5-6 foot blockade.

You can get these tension baby gates at Walmart. Cheap and will put no marks on the wall.
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Yea, the crate would work but it is a really, really small apartment, with large radiators taking up alot of room. They really didn't have a place for a cage.
They bought an accordion door and put it on the LIVINGROOM door and it not only fit perfect, it matched the woodwork so you cannot even notice it. They had to cut it to fit so it is nice and tight, not easy for anything to get under.
Thank you for all your answers.
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Hey deetu, even though the problem is solved, can we keep making suggestions? This thread has been fun to read. Are they getting a dog any time soon?
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Well, they want to move in the fish tank. That should be interesting for the cat.
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:44 AM   #41
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You are in luck . I just read today that someone in Washington has begun a new program called KITTENGARTEN!!!!!!!Sign up now before the wait list gets too long.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:38 PM   #42
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And the saga continues...
The livingroom is safe but because the cat isn't contained in the kitchen, it has been scratching and crying at their bedroom door every night.

I suggested he have a water bottle and squirt it when it crys. That worked for me when my barn cat started meooooowwwwing under my bedroom window at 6 in the mornings. (But I would throw a cup of water at him)

He said he throws his slipper at the door and it scares it away for a while.

Another thing he can do is put a plastic carpet runner with the spikes sticking up in front of the door but they'll have to remember it's there if they need to make a midnight potty run.
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I really hate to bring up the race card with MLK day coming up next week, but I will:
It is a known and irrefutable fact that Asians as a group have a higher IQ then Americans ... period.
Also because of their natural propensity for a higher order of thinking - Asia has no problems with cats.

In Asia the Asians own the cats, in the USA the cats own the ID ten Ts, there is a correct use for peanut oil.

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It may not have anything to do with the intelligence of the race of people. Maybe the cats there learn to respect their owners for fear of ending up on the dinner table . Here in the U.S. people go to jail for saying boo to an animal. They don't have to do what we expect of them, and there's nothing we can do about it . Anyway, cats are great. I have two of them and so far they don't seem to mind me living here, especially when they have me trained to know what they want and when.

I believe that cats can be trained, but the smart ones won't go along with it for fear that we might train them to clean their own cat pan.
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:33 AM   #45
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Ive owned a lot of cats in my time, and I have found that if he paid a pet security, he can kiss it good bye. all they have to say is they could "smell cat" and that is enough grounds for them to keep the deposit no matter if the cat stayed in one place or not. I agree with Biggles though.

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