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      Thursday, April 24, 2014

08:43 AM - 04/24/2014

The topic: Rocky today


He's in the garage. He knows the cat door. 

Yesterday, he spent the day outside, a lot of it under the pool pump. I didn't want to be outside in the dark looking for him, so I got a squirt bottle and got him from under the pump. He ran off. I'd thought he'd gone inside, but I couldn't find him. The next hour or so I spent looking for him outside. But he'd been in the whole time. He's found a spot in the garage and since I've seen him there for two days now, I imagine he's claimed that spot as his.

This morning I've seen him outside a couple of times and when he sees me, he runs back inside. This is a good thing, he knows where "safe" is. 

This morning's outings have him closer to the house. Yesterday he checked out along the fence. I have a feeling in another few weeks, it will be like he's always been here

There's a definite difference between Mario's moving in and Rocky's moving in. Like in the garage, Mario was in hiding. Rocky isn't. He's just trying to find his way.

Like I said, I don't imagine it will be taking him too long.

      Wednesday, April 23, 2014

08:09 AM - 04/23/2014

The topic: I hate making deals with the cats


Then they keep to their end.

One of the conditions for the cats going outdoors is they are able to negotiate a cat door (we do have a few who don't/can't, but they've been here since kittens and just never learned). When we got back from our walk this morning, Rocky was outside. Where he still is. And he's digging it.

When we got home from the movie last night, it was around 9:30. Rocky was in the bedroom window.  I got all of the cats in and fed them. I guess Spot got annoyed that he couldn't get up in the window, so he did. And Rocky got down. Rocky started checking out other rooms in the house. And ended up in the garage. Where he was this morning when we got up. One of the first things I do in the morning is open all of the cat doors and I'm sure he saw cats going in and out and he followed suit.

And I'm pretty happy with how things are going. I saw him pee in a litterbox last night (in the living room), I saw him eating out of the feeder in the garage this morning and I saw him poop outside in the dirt this morning (boy, did he go to town scratching in the dirt, he looked like he was having a great time). He's doing all the things he needs to do. The other cats aren't bothering him much, more curious than anything. He's been a little jumpy when Brian's equipment kicks on, but it won't be long before he's accustomed to all of the different sounds here.


      Tuesday, April 22, 2014

01:25 PM - 04/22/2014

The topic: Rocky today


Well, yesterday after being under the bed all morning and most of the afternoon, Rocky discovered the joy known as the bedroom window. You know, the one with the big soft pile of blankets and a view outside and a great breeze coming in through the screens. Some of the other cats would jump up there, but then leave as soon as they realized it was a new cat up there. 

He did start crying around three this morning, behavior I've only seen with cats who knew the outdoors.  Hmm....

Anyway, he did go back to sleep finally, then when we got up this morning, he was under the bed. Where he hung out for a few hours, then he was back up in the window. 

I'd much rather he was in the window than on top of the stereo.

I brought the box back into the office that Mario had been sleeping in and Mario immediately jumped into it and took a nap.

Very little growling today.


      Monday, April 21, 2014

07:48 AM - 04/21/2014

The topic: Rocky is out of the office


We had a couple of fun minutes with him last night. He found his way behind the stereo. You know, back where the power strip is located. 

So, I got him out of there, Brian got one of the boxes he uses for shipping (they're six inches wide and twenty-nine inches long) and he put that up there to keep Rocky from getting behind.

This morning I let the cats out at 4:30 and checked on Rocky, he was on the shelf next to the window. It was a little chilly so I closed the window. Went back to bed.

When I got up, he was behind the stereo again. Laying on the power strip. The box, the one that was supposed to prevent him from going behind, was still in place. question

Got him down again (I use a stepstool that we keep in the garage; othewise I can't reach him....lots of climbing these past few days). I opened the window a bit and he was okay with that. He looked out the window and seemed to be back to normal, not that I know what "normal" is for him). 

I tried to communicate with him that if he wants to go out, there are two doors that allow the cats access to the yard that are unlocked during the day. And if he wants to go out, he's going to have to learn the house (I remember with Mario how happy I was when he went out the garage cat door, then ran back in the garage cat door when he got started outside...he knew where "safe" was). I didn't think my discussion with him worked, but within a half hour he was off of the shelf and has been under the bed for the past hour. Well, at least he's in motion. 

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