DH has been working on a solution to our “cat box” problem. He’s been at it most of the day.
The “cat box” is gone.
Biggs goes to the door and asks to be let out. And sits in front of the door and waits for someone to come along to let her in.
But, if Biggs used the dog door, she could go in and out without our help. DH thinks that’s what Biggs should be doing. Only using the dog door means going into our fenced-in backyard. Which is dog territory.
Our other cats DO use the dog door. Then they race up the fence posts to escape from Buster chasing at their heels. Most of the time. Sometimes, when Simba, the orange tom, isn’t in the mood to be chased Simba just lies down. Buster gives him a disappointed sniff. And that’s the end of it.
DH is right. Buster IS just playing. And, DH HAS been trying to train Buster.
Only DH’s “Buster…no”, in my opinion, is said in too nice of a voice. I think our pack needs
meaner more assertive leadership. Because Buster only stops sometimes. Other times, he pretends not to hear.
To make up for DH’s over-niceness, my no is extra stern and usually followed by a psstt hiss, dog whisperer style. I point my finger, like Cesar, for emphasis. Only, as I am in cat protection mode, I end up doing assertive without the calm part. Which sends Buster slinking up against DH’s legs like he’s been whipped.
The looks Buster gives me are reproachful and accusing.
Biggs stays as far from the situation and dog door as she can.
Today DH worked on resolving things and built a “cat ladder” for the cats. Now they won’t have to climb the fence and can instead zip up the ladder before Buster has a chance to get outside. Using a ladder won’t be new. Our cats are up and down the ladder to the hayloft all the time.
UPDATE: The cats were suspicious of the “cat ladder” at first. Only kitty would sit on it long enough to have his picture taken. BUT, today, only one day afterwards, every cat has successfully gone up and over, come in, been fed and gone back out to the barn. Without being chased.
DH’s “cat ladder” is a success.
Bigg’s story and everything you ever wanted to know about the “cat box war” between my husband and I is here: http://www.turkeycreeklane.com/?p=48