Aby-a-Day – 26 Maj: Outside with Alfred (Cinema Sunday)

When I share the photos of Lorelai and Izaak running around outside, people ask why we don’t let Alfred run free, too.

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The reason for that is he was never trained to go outside offleash. We worked on leash training with him and Logan, not offleash training. It’s something I never thought to do again until I met Rory. My Siamese Harri was the last cat I trained to stay close offleash. It helped that he hated me to be out of his sight, so all I had to do was hide behind a tree, and he’d yowl and come running.

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Zak is the same way Harri was. Rory is a little more free-spirited; she knows when we want to go in, but she tries to stretch her time outside as long as she can. If I go back into the building, though, she always comes up to the doorstep trying to find me.

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But if Freddy gets out off leash, he runs off to explore on his own. This is partly because I never trained him to be off leash, and because, being the evil genius he is, when he was young he managed to open the kitchen window and the balcony sliders a couple of times without our knowing and roamed around alone for hours until we noticed him missing. Jacoby also did this; the first time he escaped, he was gone for over an hour!

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So, sorry, Freddy…you need to stay on your leash.

But really, he doesn’t seem to begrudge the kittens their offleash time. He’s perfectly happy to be outside at all, even if it’s on his leash.

4 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – 26 Maj: Outside with Alfred (Cinema Sunday)

  1. It is so peaceful there – such a beautiful place. Looks like Freddy is enjoying his food, and has gained a little weight. Zak is clearly happy too, but Rory! She moves like a cheetah, and is spectacular to watch.

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    1. It’s a good neighborhood. Rental apartments, but well kept and with grass and trees right outside our building. It’s hard to find a better place for the cats that’s not a single house with a garden.

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  2. I am TRYING to keep Freddy on a diet and have been for a while…but he keeps breaking into to food containers! He is constantly on the hunt for edibles. He will bite holes in anything that even remotely looks like it might have food inside.

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