April 18th 2013 5:49 am
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There’s a special irony to this story, as the Mama was just saying to Zach’s Mom a few days ago that it would take a gorilla on steroids to break into the cattery. Yeah, well…or one small grey tom-tabby to break OUT!
Yesterday - strictly by fortunate chance, I’ll point out - the Mama was outside and wandering over towards the cattery, she was startled to see a grey kitten climbing up the mesh. Wait a minute…that cat’s on the OUTSIDE of the pen! And it’s OWL!!!!!!!!!!!
She ran over there and, after a little persuasion, got him to come to her. In his defense, he was trying to get back in when she saw him, but was a little weirded-out and scared to find himself on the wrong side of the fence.
She took him back in the house and she and the Papa came back to look for the exit hole, only to find Fearless on the outside now! Fortune smiled again, and Fearless didn’t do what she normally would do, which is high-tail it down towards the ruins where she likes to go on her leash-walks. So, they scooped her back up and put her in the pen, still not seeing any visible holes in the fence. Until they looked closer…
The wire mesh on the cattery fence came in rolls which are 4 foot wide, so in constructing the mesh walls, it was necessary to overlap slightly and then fasten it closed with plastic cable-ties. You know - those things that have the little teeth that grab hold when you zip the end through the loop. Well, it seems that after 2 years of outdoor weather and the repeated wear put on them by the Ferals who like to climb up the side of the cattery and sit on top (!), some of the ties have broken. And on closer inspection, the pawrents could see where the two smaller cats were able to worm their way out.
So, now they have bought fresh cable ties, and are resolved to replace them every year or two. Dang! And I didn’t even get to make an escape myself!
MOL well done.
Maybe they wanna try some lil twistie wire stuffs, jus' to back up the plastic ties. On'y thinkin' 'bout yer safety.
Thanks, Mr D.
Ingen, the Mama has worked with wire before, but she says to get anything of strength, she'd have to buy a spool and cut it herself, which would be very time-consuming and a pain, literally as well as figuratively! The cable ties are so quick, and since they have different "weights", the pawrents have upgraded the tensile strength, and will simply make sure they do a yearly check to replace them. Everything else about the cattery is very durable, thankfully.
Oh my catness! So glad neither little Owl nor any other kitties wandered off! Good catch by your pawrents.
How scary to look up and see your indoor babies outdoors! Mom turned around in the garden one day last year and saw all three brofurs heading in opposite directions. The door had not latched--she about freaked out trying to collect them all! Leave it to the young'in to find the only hole in the cattery--so glad you got him and Fearless back safe inside!!!
MOL - and you didn't even get to escape!
Mama thanked me afterwards for: (1) pointing out the repairs needed, and (2) not running away. Of course, I wasn't gonna run away; I worked really hard to get here in the first place!