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Old July 11th 07, 04:08 AM posted to alt.animals.cat,alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.misc
snydley
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We just installed a pet door in our sliding glass door's screen door and are
trying to get our cats to use it with no success. If we hold it open for
them we can get 1 of them to walk through, but the other 3 are either scared
or confused by it. Can anyone give us any suggestions on how to train these
guys to use it?
Thanks,
Snyde


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Old July 11th 07, 04:12 AM posted to alt.animals.cat,alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.misc
William Graham
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Default cats and new pet door


"snydley" wrote in message
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We just installed a pet door in our sliding glass door's screen door and
are trying to get our cats to use it with no success. If we hold it open
for them we can get 1 of them to walk through, but the other 3 are either
scared or confused by it. Can anyone give us any suggestions on how to
train these guys to use it?
Thanks,
Snyde

Simple. When a cat wants out, pick him up and push him through the cat door.
When they want back in, go out another door, and then pick them up and
thrust them through the cat door the other way.....It won't take them long
before they learn to do it themselves.......


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Old July 11th 07, 05:35 AM posted to alt.animals.cat,alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.misc
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Default cats and new pet door

how about keeping your cat indoors so they do not get hit by cars.


"snydley" wrote in message
...
We just installed a pet door in our sliding glass door's screen door and
are trying to get our cats to use it with no success. If we hold it open
for them we can get 1 of them to walk through, but the other 3 are either
scared or confused by it. Can anyone give us any suggestions on how to
train these guys to use it?
Thanks,
Snyde


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Old July 11th 07, 07:15 AM posted to alt.animals.cat,alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.misc
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"SantaSteeler" wrote in message
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how about keeping your cat indoors so they do not get hit by cars.


Because they live on a farm where there aren't any cars for miles in any
direction?


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Old July 11th 07, 09:34 AM posted to alt.animals.cat,alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.misc
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snydley wrote:
We just installed a pet door in our sliding glass door's screen door and are
trying to get our cats to use it with no success. If we hold it open for
them we can get 1 of them to walk through, but the other 3 are either scared
or confused by it. Can anyone give us any suggestions on how to train these
guys to use it?
Thanks,
Snyde


If it is a cat flap, I propped the flap open for a week or so till they
got used to going through the 'hole' After they knew they could go
through, the plastic flap was not such a threat.

Astrog

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Old July 11th 07, 02:21 PM posted to alt.animals.cat,alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.misc
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how about keeping your cat indoors so they do not get hit by cars.




Because they live on a farm where there aren't any cars for miles in any
direction?



What about predastors (Animals) ?!?!?




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Old July 11th 07, 02:54 PM posted to alt.animals.cat,alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.misc
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A couple people have said, "what about cars, and what about predators"? What about them? Sure they're out there. But I would NEVER keep my cats indoors for that reason. They need their freedom just like we do. Did your parents let you outside when you were kids? What about cars, what about predators? How would it have been for you if you didn't have that freedom. I think it's cruel to not let them outside. They're not just an object for us to enjoy in our houses. I also would never remove their claws like some people do. I believe in having them share their lives with us, as nature intended. Sure, they can get hit by cars, or killed by other animals, but that's the chances we take.

Snyde

"snydley" wrote in message ...
We just installed a pet door in our sliding glass door's screen door and are
trying to get our cats to use it with no success. If we hold it open for
them we can get 1 of them to walk through, but the other 3 are either scared
or confused by it. Can anyone give us any suggestions on how to train these
guys to use it?
Thanks,
Snyde


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Old July 11th 07, 08:21 PM posted to alt.animals.cat,alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.misc
Little Hawk
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William Graham wrote:
"snydley" wrote in message
...
We just installed a pet door in our sliding glass door's screen door and
are trying to get our cats to use it with no success. If we hold it open
for them we can get 1 of them to walk through, but the other 3 are either
scared or confused by it. Can anyone give us any suggestions on how to
train these guys to use it?
Thanks,
Snyde

Simple. When a cat wants out, pick him up and push him through the cat door.
When they want back in, go out another door, and then pick them up and
thrust them through the cat door the other way.....It won't take them long
before they learn to do it themselves.......



you hope or they could expect you to do that all the time

just leave a treat on the otherside of the door?
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Old July 11th 07, 10:55 PM posted to alt.animals.cat,alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.misc
SantaSteeler
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but humans have reason where animals have only instinct. would you let your dogs run free? yea YOU probably would. good reason why we have so many unwanted cats. just let em run and get more disease. spread the problem everywhere.
"snydley" wrote in message ...
A couple people have said, "what about cars, and what about predators"? What about them? Sure they're out there. But I would NEVER keep my cats indoors for that reason. They need their freedom just like we do. Did your parents let you outside when you were kids? What about cars, what about predators? How would it have been for you if you didn't have that freedom. I think it's cruel to not let them outside. They're not just an object for us to enjoy in our houses. I also would never remove their claws like some people do. I believe in having them share their lives with us, as nature intended. Sure, they can get hit by cars, or killed by other animals, but that's the chances we take.

Snyde

"snydley" wrote in message ...
We just installed a pet door in our sliding glass door's screen door and are
trying to get our cats to use it with no success. If we hold it open for
them we can get 1 of them to walk through, but the other 3 are either scared
or confused by it. Can anyone give us any suggestions on how to train these
guys to use it?
Thanks,
Snyde


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Old July 11th 07, 10:57 PM posted to alt.animals.cat,alt.cats,alt.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats,rec.pets.cats.misc
William Graham
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Default cats and new pet door


"Little Hawk" wrote in message
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William Graham wrote:
"snydley" wrote in message
...
We just installed a pet door in our sliding glass door's screen door and
are trying to get our cats to use it with no success. If we hold it open
for them we can get 1 of them to walk through, but the other 3 are
either scared or confused by it. Can anyone give us any suggestions on
how to train these guys to use it?
Thanks,
Snyde

Simple. When a cat wants out, pick him up and push him through the cat
door. When they want back in, go out another door, and then pick them up
and thrust them through the cat door the other way.....It won't take them
long before they learn to do it themselves.......


you hope or they could expect you to do that all the time

just leave a treat on the otherside of the door?


Oh yeah....They will never actually LIKE using the cat door.....It's always
preferable to have a human doorman at your disposal......:^)


 




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