Chris Kouwenhoven

Oops, the cat got out!

Fluffy may have been a contented couch-potato-kitty all winter long, but now spring breezes are wafting through the open windows and bringing with them the allurements of the great outdoors. Lately Fluffy has been positioning herself next to the front door, ready to make The Great Escape How can you enter and exit without seeing a blur of fur rushing past you? Try carrying a shaker can (an empty soda can with seven pennies in it) and give it a hardy shake as you approach the door. If you are coming in, shake it as you are entering the home. You may have to experiment with a variety of sound deterrents before you find one that makes Fluffy back off. One cat owner discovered that the personal safety alarm on her key chain was the perfect solution. Just in case you are not successful, it is wise to outfit your favorite feline with a safety, or break-away, collar and an identification tag. To satisfy your cat's need for fresh air and adventure consider introducing her to a harness and leash and letting her safely explore the great outdoors with you by her side.

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