Monday, May 22, 2017

Progress!

I have managed to coax Sweetie and Patty O'Malley up the Stairway To Heaven a number of times recently, but have only managed to snap a few quick photos as evidence.  I step out onto the balcony, shake the kibble a bit, and first one cat and then the other pop out of the hole and come over for snacks and lovin'.  On this day, I left the storm door closed, but since that time I leave it open wide enough for a cat to walk in.  Sweetie is quite inquisitive; she goes right inside and takes a good look around.  I want her to keep that up, because her actions may pull Patty along with her, as he will only peer in so far.

Sweetie, looking in the cat flap

Patty and Sweetie, lured up by kibble!

Patty peering in the cat flap, as Sweetie watches
This morning, however, I stepped out onto the balcony, but there wasn't a cat in sight!  I called and shook the kibble...but neither cat appeared.  So, I went back inside, down the stairs and out the front door...and around to the backyard.  Patty and Sweetie were under my car, in the driveway.  Hmmm. May have to work in a sound to 'call' them, like a small bell (something that doesn't drive the neighbors crazy, like a cow bell...LOL!).  The idea is to get them used to coming up and down to eat, and then inside.  Once they go inside, I'll close the door, and teach them to use the cat flap.  If they can 'flap', then I can let them inside at night, and out again in the morning, with only the wooden door open for the brief time it takes them to go in or out.

My summer project!


18 comments:

  1. We LOVE this summer project! And our Mom laughed hard over the cow bell visual.

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  2. Wow Vicki, you have made progress! Miss Kitty continues to come in but with the warmer weather is spending much of her days outside.
    Have a good week!
    Robin

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  3. Dat's pawsum mews. We thought when you said you'd close da door, you were gonna keep 'em inside all da time. keep up da good work. Big hugs

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

    PeeEss: We like da cow bell idea. MOL

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  4. If anyone can convince those two to come inside, we know you can!

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  5. That's pawesome! Such great progress! And a cowbell - or something - sounds great!

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  6. We appreciate any small amount of progress in getting the O cats to be at least part time I cats.

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  7. This is huge progress! We will keep our paws crossed for flapping success!

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  8. I hope your summer plan works out. It would be great if they would go inside for the winter.

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  9. Loving the idea! Wishing you the best on it and can't wait for updates ;)

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  10. This is brilliant progress. And it is a most excellent project.

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  11. guyz...sorree yur planz for takin de car for a joy ride getted busted.....may bee next time :)

    we hope ya both dee side sneekin round inn side isn't such a bad thing afturr all,.....boomer could tell ya ♥♥

    ya both R doin grate at "progress" ...keep up de good werk ~~~~~ ☺☺

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  12. jI hope they learn to fully cooperate soon!

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  13. Ohhhh surely those smart felines will realize this is for their very best interest. YAY YAY to you and kudos for your efforts. It is a very secure and inviting area!!
    Hugs madi and mom

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  14. What a cool project ! We're looking forward to your updates ! Purrs

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  15. YOU are incredible as well as super patient! I love how you called it "The Stairway to Heaven" lol catchatwithcarenandcody

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  16. Those are two lucky kitties to have you.

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