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  •  my cats are the most snuggly/petable people poots (15+ / 0-)

    in the world. but they are pickable-uppable ONLY when they are in side.  when they are outside -- and they do "escape" from time to time, there is no way in heck they let you touch them. walking toward them triggers an instinctual "run."  i have always had to herd them back toward the door. if they have only been out a little, they will sometimes come to the door and wait for me to open it. but if they have been out for hours and have gone a little  "wild"... i have to shut the other cat in a bedroom, leave the front door open / propped open..and then walk in a slow circular motion toward the cat, coming up behind them or to the side of them (never approach directly) and then have "herded" them toward the front door.  this works with garage, too, but only with the side door. the big garage door is too noisy / takes too much time to close. you need a door that when they run in, bam, you close it behind them.

    Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job. -- Adlai E. Stevenson

    by marzook on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 01:35:00 PM PST

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    •  Our cat would rather not be picked up. (6+ / 0-)

      But on a cold night like tonight, leads us to the garage door. We open it one foot high, she scoots in, then we close it. Her former owners spent a fortune on her, recuperating from being injured from their garage door being shut on her.

    •  Agree with the 'wildness' (10+ / 0-)

      I have a half-feral aka 'skittish' cat at best. Angel got out during a heavy rainstorm and stayed out for 2 weeks. She stayed close by and would talk to me but I lost a lot of sleep.

      Cats are crepuscular...they are only really active during dawn and dusk. Those were the only times that I eventually tried to get her. At that time she would only let me pet her while she ate so I put her food out at dawn and dusk and went to pet her and voila.
      She has gotten out subsequently and doesn't stay out long (12 hours at the most).
      One thing that was really key was to put the other cats in a spare room because they tried to run her off from the door. The dog didn't help much either.
      Come home, Sobe!

      "Children who are victims of failed personal responsibility are not my problem, nor are they the problem for our government." Tim Pawlenty April 2001

      by cosette on Mon Jan 02, 2012 at 05:01:52 PM PST

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