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Junior likes to use his litter box ‘outside’ even though we keep one for him and Scamper in the laundry room. This means that in the middle of the night, most nights, he comes to tell us he wants out. It’s not wise to argue timing with a cat who uses a litterbox outside. Last night it got down to 26 degrees and the wind howled. Still, at about 1 am (earlier than his usual) Junior insisted he needed to go out.


I got up and slogged my way to the back door and opened it. He knows that once he is out, I’ll shut it behind him. A bell rings when he comes to the door to be let back in. Anyone who knows cats knows that going out can take two minutes or two hours. Junior poked his head at the cat flap that is in the storm door. He sniffed once, backed out and looked at me.

“Sorry, cat. Nothing I can do about it. It’s cold.”

Junior put his front feet on the back of the door, rested all his weight there and slammed the inside door closed. He stalked off in a huff.

Later that night (about 5 am) he insisted he HAD to go out.


I slogged my way to the door. Opened it. He poked his head at the cat door. He sat. He stood. He poked one foot at the cat door and tested the temperature with his nose. He turned around, stood on his hind legs and this time he pushed the door OPEN as if to say, “I’ll only be HALF a second. Leave the damn door open.”

When he did come back in a few minutes later, he came through the cat flap so fast, he about tore it right off the door.

Junior is very insulted by cold weather. πŸ™‚

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Posted: December 26, 2012


  1. Isn’t there some way you can fix a catflap on the inner door too, so you don’t have to get up to let him out? Or would that be an open invitation to wild critters coming in? Sooooooo funny! Makes me even more thankful that my kitties have always been strictly indoor kitties. More litterbox duties, but I don’t have to get up to let the cat out in the middle of the night. A cat who’s convinced it’s time for breakfast, OTOH . . . πŸ˜‰

    Comment by readerlady/ Dee — December 26, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

  2. We tried some things with the door, but yes, essentially, we couldn’t keep other critters out. The only way to do it is to have the cats wear a radio collar that is set to the door–and the problem with that is that neither cat will consider a collar. We used to keep one on Junior when he was a kitten–thinking he’d get used to it, but he kept getting his foot stuck in it. He’d then be hopping around on three legs crying because he couldn’t get the collar off or his foot freed!

    It’s possible we could have the cats chipped with something, but I think that the current technology requires batteries, ergo…we are stuck “answering the call of nature.” It generally only bad when the two of them start some game or other (that we don’t understand, but it involves going in and out and swatting each other with the cat door, one in and the other out.) When that starts, we generally just leave them to their game as they won’t play it if other animals are around. When it gets quiet we can shut the door again.

    When it’s cold, Junior often goes all night without asking to go out, but it can take him a day or two before he figures out it’s cold out there!

    He’s currently curled up in his cat bed being cute. He does that mode well, the stinker.

    Comment by Maria — December 26, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

  3. Don’t they all, LOL??!!

    Comment by readerlady/ Dee — December 26, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

  4. I’m always amazed that my dogs think I can make it stop raining. Or that if its raining out the back door it won’t be out the front door. And then they get all sulky because I won’t make it stop. I’m just doing it to unjustly punish them or something.

    Comment by Elisabeth — December 26, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

  5. That’s pretty much the way Junior looks at me! And we’ve had so little rain here the past couple of years, he really isn’t used to it. But he will sit on the porch in rain. Cold, not so much.

    It was cold against last night (29) but he did go out around 3 for a potty run. We were woken up before that around 1 by raccoons setting off the cat door. BIG raccoons. They’d never fit through there and they were displeased when I put a stop to their exploration.

    Comment by Maria — December 27, 2012 @ 8:06 am

  6. Well, I’m sure you weren’t pleased to be pulled from bed in the wee hours, but your story was not only funny, but very visual. I absolutely saw what Junior was doing! When my cat, Waldo, wants out, he plays the piano. But once he’s out, he doesn’t have a bell to ring to get let back in!

    Comment by Karen Cantwell — December 30, 2012 @ 11:43 am

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