Cat containment concept 4.0

4 Jul

Anti-feline independence day.

The parlor panther (aka Jerome the cat) is very interested in the world outside our little back garden. The first time I let him outside, he immediately made for the fence and began scaling it. I made him stay inside all last winter and then tried again this Spring. He was off like a shot. So I then began a series of attempts at cat containment in the back courtyard. Chicken wire, vegetation, tin foil, spraying him with a hose — he outsmarted me at every turn. I live downtown, right next to a very busy street, and there are a million dogs and lots of feral cats in the neighborhood. I don’t want him to get hit by a car, eaten by a dog, or bitten by a sickly cat. Plus, Jerome is scared of NOTHING, so when he has escaped in the past, he’s been found a few blocks away strutting around fearlessly.

My latest attempt (cat containment concept 4.0) appears to be doing the trick. I got a bunch of this corrugated plastic piping from Home Depot ($4.58 per section, four sections — so about $20.00 with tax) and screwed it to the top of the fence. He can’t climb over it, so when he tries to escape, he just butts his little head against it and then jumps back down, defeated (then he usually takes a swipe at Claudette the Gentle, the sweet cat who has no interest in escaping her cozy little garden).

Photos show remnants of other failed attempts at cat containment.


2 Responses to “Cat containment concept 4.0”

  1. Barbara July 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Cats are smarter than we are, or at least way more nimble. I am always impressed by an ad-free blog. I also feel that having ads on your blog detracts from the value of the medium. Some great blogs have ads, but it is somewhat distracting.

  2. Erica Walch July 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Jerome is definitely smarter than me. But this latest version seems to be doing the trick. He’ll probably figure out an escape route eventually, but for now he’s safe in the back!

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