My fur coated diva is not looking forward to this move. I thought she was figuring out how to jump the doggy gate / kitty gate (she can jump 10 feet straight up – she could easily jump the gate if she chose). Instead, she’s figured out that I didn’t lock the gate but merely set it up so that pushing against it wouldn’t open it, and that one needs to pull the gate toward themselves in order to pass through the door.
Guess who has figured out how to open the kitty gate???
My favorite move (after kicking her out of my bedroom, twice), is that she’s now taken to sitting on the OTHER side of the gate, from within the bedroom, and crying to me to come let her out.
As if !
Needless to say, someone is cruising for a bruising, and is going to die if I don’t get this bad behavior nipped in the bud.
8 years she’s lived with me. And, 8 years it’s been “no” for ever coming into my bedroom.
I used to have the “rug of death” draped in front of the doorway, where she could lay, but where she would be punished if she crossed the threshold and entered my bedroom.
After she got more pushy (about 4 years ago), I got the kitty gate and have never regretted it.
Now, she’s upped the ante…
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And, just so you know, she’s never hurt when she’s being punished. I have a travel kennel that locks. She gets picked up, I hiss in her face (just like a Momma cat) and put her in the (locked) kennel for a bit to keep her out from underfoot while she’s being obnoxious and not quitting her bad behavior. She’s allowed out after she stops complaining and settles down to accept her fate. (“You’re mean to me and I’m telling everyone!”)
I swear to heaven, she has a vocabulary understanding of about 200 words, she’s so smart. But, it’s that intelligence that gets her into hot water every time.
While I have a full-size kennel for her, she will put herself in time out if she’s done something wrong, by going into the travel carrier. This cat is amazingly smart.
Look at that face – always up for something !