The box cat

by Marie
(Santa Barbara, CA)

the box she lived in for 2 years

the box she lived in for 2 years

the box she lived in for 2 years
still loves boxes!
loves riding in the car!
basket or box - whatever

Almost all of my cats have been indoor at night and outdoor during the day. 7 cats total, 1 that was hit by a car and 1 that had to be left behind when we moved because he would take off for weeks or months at a time in the mountains and we couldn't find him when it was time to leave.

The only one that was outdoors all the time now comes in at night to keep her safe from wild animals.

I've lived in both cities and rural areas and will NEVER have a cat door again. Imagine my surprise when I walked into the kitchen one day and found a skunk eating the cat food! "AH! That's not my cat!"

My latest cat, Drooler, started off as the neighbors cat before she decided that she liked us better. I'm not really sure how the name stuck... She lived in a box for 2 years and we never even fed her.

We had two other cats at the time and couldn't let her come inside without them peeing on everything. She was bitten twice by other animals at night and we had to come up with a solution. We set her up in the shed with a 1 way cat door that was locked at night.

We would open the cat door in the morning so she could come out as she pleased and we would put her back inside at dusk and lock the cat door completely. This kept other animals out of the cat food! She hasn't been bitten since.

The other two cats have since passed, both of natural causes. One was 14 and the other was 17. Drooler now comes inside and rules the house. She still loves boxes, enjoys riding in the car, and loves to cuddle!

She's not much of a hunter but she did bring me a bird once. She was very proud until I scared her by yelling at her to keep it outside :) I didn't mean to make her feel bad but I didn't want it in my house!

I might be paranoid but she's all black so I make sure to keep her in on Halloween.

I'm not home enough to entertain a cat that's inside all of the time. I think indoor or outdoor depends a lot on where you live and they should ALWAYS come in at night.

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I like them apples.
by: Larry (editor)

Hi Marie,

From the labeling on the box that Drooler is inhabiting, if somebody asked "How do you like them apples?" I'd have to answer "Very much indeed" :0) Love her name by the way.

A skunk in your kitchen! I think that would put me off cat doors too!

I agree that where you live does factor in a decision whether to allow a cat outdoors or not. It can be a hard choice.

And I don't think that you are at all paranoid about Halloween. There are some weird people about and all sorts of superstitions about black cats. It is best to keep black cats indoors on Halloween and possibly the days leading up to it.

Thank you very much Marie for sharing with us about Drooler the box cat, and your wonderful photos.

Larry (editor)

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She Came to Us


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Our kitty came to our yard and sat down way out in the yard. It was getting dark and I thought I heard a meow and then another. I asked if there as a kitty cat out there. Up the stairs to the deck came a small sized cat. She was ever so skinny and bug bit. Since I am immune suppressed I did not touch her, but talked to her.

I knew the old story, Feed a cat and she is yours. We neither one cared for cats. Soon my husband came home and said we had to feed her as she would not make it through the night. We fed her, that was 8 years ago and she is our baby and we love her! She did not like to be in the house at all! She would run screaming from one door to another. We took her to be spade and to get her shots, the vet said she was about 6 months old.

We have a kitty door into our attached garage, it is insulated and does not get under 40 degrees in there. We built a total outside surround of a cube bed, except for the front which has a small round opening. Mounted this under a window so she can jump up on the work bench and lay on the box to look out the window. She sleeps outside until it gets cold and then will go crawl into her bed.

Living way out in the country she is never a bother to others, but we do have to keep her food and water in "her room." She is loving to us, never has scratched us and comes when called. She is shy around others, but will finally make up with them.

She gets her shots and check-up each year and always pronounced healthy as can be! We love our Nosey! She is fearless, I have seen her fight a fox and win and many other cats, she is afraid of nothing!

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A Loving Cat.
by: Larry (editor)

Hello,

Nosey! What an appropriate name to give a cat :0)

Sounds like Nosey is enjoying some of the advantages of being both an outdoor and indoor cat and is happy with her life.

It could be she was feral when she came to you, congratulations for taking her in and caring for her. In return you have yourself a loving cat.

Thank you very much indeed for sharing the story of Nosey with us.

Larry (editor)

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