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John Doe[_2_]
May 22nd 15, 08:16 PM
The hard-core feral cat has been here for eight years. It has a loft in
another room that's connected to their Skyway. Stays there most of the
time. But when it exits to eat and use the box, it always takes the
shortest route to the floor. But over the last several weeks or so, perhaps
having something to do with the newcomer bully cat, it has been a little
more in the open. And it was just in one of the main room lofts on their
Skyway with my male cat. Never did that voluntarily before, in eight years.
I guess another possibility is hormonal changes since its not young as it
used to be. I recently upgraded the external mic speaker. Could be
responding to that, however unlikely.

Mark Carroll[_2_]
May 22nd 15, 08:32 PM
John Doe > writes:

> I recently upgraded the external mic speaker.

The external mic speaker?

-- Mark

John Doe[_2_]
May 23rd 15, 02:49 AM
Mark Carroll > wrote:

> John Doe > writes:
>
>> I recently upgraded the external mic speaker.
>
> The external mic speaker?

I use an infant/baby room monitor to bring the outside sounds inside. The
built-in speaker sounds crappy.

I always knew they enjoyed listening to the outside sounds. That was made
clear when a newly adopted stray always napped with its head against the
speaker, as the speaker was moved around.

To use a baby room monitor, you connect the receiver speaker wires to a
decent active speaker input. Currently it's connected to a JBL LSR305. And
of course place the monitor part outside someplace. Would be awesome if
baby room monitors included a headphone jack, that would make it easy for
anybody to do.

Mark Carroll[_2_]
May 23rd 15, 08:35 AM
John Doe > writes:

> I always knew they enjoyed listening to the outside sounds. That was made
> clear when a newly adopted stray always napped with its head against the
> speaker, as the speaker was moved around.

Thank you, I appreciate your explanation. It's an interesting idea --
it's good that you noticed what they like.

Incidentally, outside we have one of those PIR-activated ultrasonic
noisemakers protecting a patch of lawn, after I got fed up of having to
pick up all the neighbour's cat's faeces each time before I get into
mowing the grass. Now the cat just hisses at it from atop the fence and
walks across our decking instead (which I don't mind if it doesn't
defecate all over it!).

-- Mark

John Doe[_2_]
May 23rd 15, 09:21 AM
Mark Carroll > wrote:

> John Doe > writes:
>
>> I always knew they enjoyed listening to the outside sounds. That was
>> made clear when a newly adopted stray always napped with its head
>> against the speaker, as the speaker was moved around.
>
> Thank you, I appreciate your explanation. It's an interesting idea --
> it's good that you noticed what they like.
>
> Incidentally, outside we have one of those PIR-activated ultrasonic
> noisemakers protecting a patch of lawn, after I got fed up of having
> to pick up all the neighbour's cat's faeces each time before I get
> into mowing the grass. Now the cat just hisses at it from atop the
> fence and walks across our decking instead (which I don't mind if it
> doesn't defecate all over it!).

I can't imagine why the feces would be high off of the ground, or that
you couldn't just spray it into the ground. Probably makes good
fertilizer.

Mark Carroll[_2_]
May 23rd 15, 10:55 AM
John Doe > writes:

>> Incidentally, outside we have one of those PIR-activated ultrasonic
>> noisemakers protecting a patch of lawn, after I got fed up of having
>> to pick up all the neighbour's cat's faeces each time before I get
>> into mowing the grass. Now the cat just hisses at it from atop the
>> fence and walks across our decking instead (which I don't mind if it
>> doesn't defecate all over it!).
>
> I can't imagine why the feces would be high off of the ground, or that
> you couldn't just spray it into the ground. Probably makes good
> fertilizer.

I typically don't have some spraying device handy. The faeces just sit
atop the grass, there's no apparent attempt by the cat to dig, and it's
annoying and smelly to risk treading in them whenever I go out onto the
lawn (especially in mowing it I am guaranteed to walk on pretty much
every part), and have to clean my shoes before coming back into the
house.

-- Mark

John Doe[_2_]
June 7th 15, 05:23 AM
Apparently the new loft that I built is far enough away from me. That's
why it's venturing out into the main room and hanging out on that loft
even when I'm active. Apparently if it weren't for the Skyway, the
hardcore feral would never have come out of hiding whenever I'm up and
around.






> The hard-core feral cat has been here for eight years. It has a loft
> in another room that's connected to their Skyway. Stays there most of
> the time. But when it exits to eat and use the box, it always takes
> the shortest route to the floor. But over the last several weeks or
> so, perhaps having something to do with the newcomer bully cat, it has
> been a little more in the open. And it was just in one of the main
> room lofts on their Skyway with my male cat. Never did that
> voluntarily before, in eight years. I guess another possibility is
> hormonal changes since its not young as it used to be. I recently
> upgraded the external mic speaker. Could be responding to that,
> however unlikely.
>