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@ Angela, so sorry about your cat...I would kill anything that messed with my fat cat...even another cat.
I love that little black kitty....miss him dive bombing me on the couch...sweet memories!!!
Well, I have to trust Squeaky (a she BTW) to know better how to do kitty cat things. She's not exposed to other cats or dogs. She's not killing birds or small animals. She doesn't walk on the ledge a lot. In exchange, she gets fresh air and direct (not through a window) sunlight. If she falls, I'll feel bad, but at least she gets to live a life something like a cat and not just a living plush toy. That's not a dig on you, your cat would be exposed to hostile cats and dogs outdoors. It's just how I feel.
Ha ha ha. Yes. Cats I have owned in the past loved doing the mole thing lol. I love all kitters!
@Mabel - Squeaky was a rescue cat. I got her as a 4 mos old kitten from the city's animal shelter. I've never seen any indication they are a "no kill" shelter, though they were waiving their normal adoption fee due to being overloaded with cats.
Years ago my daughter had a tri-color named Ginger. We lived up against a fairly large patch of woods. The biggest wild predators there were raccoons, and I don't think raccoons particularly have it in for cats, though if it came to it I suspect a raccoon could handle a house cat. We worried more about dogs. However, the woods were pretty thick and cats are quick sprinters, so I suspect Ginger was pretty safe from dogs. She'd just be up a tree in the blink of an eye (she wasn't declawed, either). Now and then, she'd bring home a mouse or bird, but her real specialty was moles. This was fine with us, because we had a mole problem.
@ Unseen - It's obvious my new cat was pre-owned. He is neutered and had a collar and is tame and somewhat affectionate.
When I take him to the vet I'll have them check for a chip but he was clearly very hungry when I took him in and was very thin and bony. He ate like a starving hog for days until he finally filled up.
I wonder what his story is? Is he lost? Did someone abandon him?
He is free to go home whenever he wants (if he has one). I have a cat door and he comes and goes as he wants (during the day). At night I don't let him out. He stays very close to the house most of the time and rarely even leaves the car port during the day.
Once I let him out at night and he was gone for hours. I didn't like that. I live near woods and there are lots of critters out there including foxes and coyotes.
@Mabel - One can be too protective of cats. Let your cat be a cat, I say. Squeaky is fixed, so she will never contribute to the feral cat problem, and I never had her declawed and she has plenty of scratching opportunities in the apartment. I don't even clip her claws. She has all her weapons should she ever need them, but on the 6th floor here, that's very unlikely.
@Mabel - Cute kittie!
@Unseen - Cats will be cats. I had a cat that did the same thing. He never fell but it was scary to think about him falling.
I finally got a new kitty. I named him Fozzie. He was hanging around and he finally suckered me into taking him in. He refused to go back outside for the longest time which was fine by me but now he is wanting out more and more.
It's nice to have a kitty around again. I missed a warm fuzzy purring body.
Here are a couple pics:
A while ago I started letting Squeaky out on my 6th floor apartment balcony. There is no place close enough she could try to go from there. I couldn't imagine what she could do that would make my heart stop, but finally she figured it out. She gets out on the other side of the balcony privacy panels and walks around on the 3"-4" wide ledge. She doesn't do it often, but when she does it, it makes my heart stop. Unfortunately, I don't think making her a 100% indoor cat an is an option now. I figure cats are tree dwellers so a stumble and fall is unlikely. I'd worry more about an angry Blue Jay attacking her. Jays don't suffer predators gladly and can be quite aggressive.
SqueakyBalconyLedge from Thomas Hunscher on Vimeo.
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