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I'm afraid to say that we were completely unsuccessful in making our Snowbelle an "indoor cat". She would rush the door ALL the time, and the times she ws likely to get past us was when we were in a hurry... carrying things, leaving for work or church... any thime we were distracted. THEN she would hide under the cars, trailer and travel trailer, running from one to the other so we couldn't catch her. In the end, we'd be forced to leave her out and worry the whole time we were gone.
Finally we decided that a shorter, happier life was a better option for her than this constant "door battle". We compromised, and decided we would keep her in after dark, when the dangers (mainly coyotes!) are greater. We get her in well before dark, and she stays in until morning. The funny thing is, that as soon as we started to let her out regularly during the day, she stopped battling us about the door. On the rare occasion that she does slip out past us, she'll let us walk over to her, pick her up and bring her back in.
I'm not going to tell you she has NEVER been out over night, because she has slipped past us without our noticing a couple of times, and once or twice has refused to come in in the evening. But this has been a handful of times in the last 7 years.
She is 9 now, and has been an indoor/outdoor cat for 7 of them. So it seems to be a good solution for us. I do realize that we could lose her at any time... cats are unpredictable, and while the coyotes generally don't come out of the woods during the day, it has happened every now and then. But she's SO much happier this way that for us it's worth the trade-off.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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