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My cats are driving me insane!

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fizzers Tue 01-Oct-19 10:29:19

So it's pouring down here, has been for the last few days - almost constant, my cats want to go out, open the door and they won't go, or they go out and want to come back in again. They go out the back and run round to the front and want to come in through the window.

I swear the past couple of days I have been up and down like a yo-yo, the filthy looks I get off them, all because it's pouring down!

lovebeigecardigans1955 Tue 01-Oct-19 10:32:11

I know what you mean fizz - I'm cat free now but remember when puss would go to the front door if the weather was bad out the back - perhaps the weather will be doing something different there?

Charleygirl5 Tue 01-Oct-19 10:32:32

I am sure they run from door to door because like this house there is always the possibility the weather will be different at eg the rear of the house.

Septimia Tue 01-Oct-19 10:56:37

We refer to it as 'wet playtime syndrome' because, when they get fed up with eating and sleeping, the cats are just as naughty as children who haven't been able to go outside at break time.

Ours are currently on the sleeping stage, having tried the door to door trick. Hope it dries up soon.

LondonGranny Tue 01-Oct-19 11:00:40

Read your post and this sprang to mind. Also feeling a bit smug because even heavy rain doesn't deter my (now quite elderly) cat from going out.

Septimia Tue 01-Oct-19 11:04:34

Love it, LondonGranny!

Our black cat has just come in soaking wet. His fur is so thick that he seldom actually notices the rain.

Hetty58 Tue 01-Oct-19 11:07:39

The dog, along with the cat, thinks that maybe the weather's better outside the front door! I have a cat flap on the back door (in the extension) and another through the wall into the kitchen. Both dog and cat use them - unless I'm about, when they expect me to open the doors for them, cheeky things! The cat also has a little shelter (built by me) in the garden, where she can hang out and watch the birds!

LondonGranny Tue 01-Oct-19 11:13:41

Yes, my cat is a black cat too. He has really lovely thick velvety fur and daffodil-yellow eyes with a speck of white on his throat. Also he was a feral rescue kitten (from Celia Hammond cat rescue) so I think he was used to inclement weather at a young age.
The rescue centre said people prefer tabbies and tortoiseshells and it's hard to home black cats. He was just a sweet well-socialised kitten with bags of personality and as Lady Bracknell would say "The colour is immaterial." He's 15 and as fit as a flea.

fizzers Tue 01-Oct-19 11:19:20

it's my male ginger cat that's carrying on the most, he just won't go out in it, or if he does, he wants straight back in, the other two females follow his lead, though the big black and white fluffy would go out and stay out.... it's not happening as you can imagine the state she would come back in..

Jane10 Tue 01-Oct-19 11:19:53

He sounds lovely londongranny. We once had a daft cat who, when it was raining, would put her head under my car. Result- a big fluffy head on a drowned rat body! Daft thing. She went out one night and never returned. I was broken hearted.

SueDonim Tue 01-Oct-19 11:22:23

It must be the atmosphere! It's not raining here and my cats don't go out anyway, but one of them has been so naughty this past day!

He spent part of yesterday morning constantly jumping onto my dh's back (cat weighs 16lb, so it's no small thing!) then when dh was pottering in the kitchen, the cat decided to strut around on the table. He got shooed off there onto a kitchen chair.

Next thing we knew, he'd pulled over a vase of gladioli on the table and there was water running everywhere. We dashed around mopping up with tea towels while the cat was taking swipes at us with his humongous paws and claws!

Then dh moved him off his chair and he promptly went and sat in the basket of clean washing that I'd just neatly folded. As my dds would say, 'he's got an attitude!' grin

Charleygirl5 Tue 01-Oct-19 11:24:10

Tara in her youth used to stick a paw outside and if it was raining retired indoors. Nowadays she will go out in any weather, stay out for many hours and rarely comes home soaking irrespective of the weather. I do not have a clue where she goes but if in the correct frame of mind my 15 year old could outrun a greyhound.

ninathenana Tue 01-Oct-19 11:27:13

We have a black male with just the odd white hair on his back we got him from CPL 3 yrs ago.
I can totally relate to the comments here, except Bert never goes to the front door, he will try the side door or the patio door. He too suffers from what was referred to work as "bad weather behavior"

whywhywhy Tue 01-Oct-19 11:28:26

My cat, Emmy is 20 years old, has diabetes and arthritis and has always been a house cat. Lately she hasn't been herself and after a couple of trips to the vets and some antibiotics she still isn't too good. I would welcome her running about but I do wish this rain would stop for the sake of your cats. Take care

humptydumpty Tue 01-Oct-19 12:15:09

whywhywhy, beautiful! Good luck, I do hope Emmy recovers soon.

watermeadow Tue 01-Oct-19 14:10:25

My cat is sensibly hibernating up in the spare room. The dog is more of a pain in constant heavy rain because, although she loves water and plays in the shallow river most days, she won’t go out for a wee in the rain.
I’m not complaining, our lovely chalk stream river has been nearly dry all summer and desperately needs topping up.

yggdrasil Tue 01-Oct-19 17:01:11

They are looking for the Door into Summer

fizzers Thu 03-Oct-19 07:11:15

This morning the ginger cat is carrying on again, he wants to go out but it's too frosty, he won't go, the other two have gone out... my patience is wearing thin already

Theoddbird Thu 03-Oct-19 09:58:56

I live in a boat and gave a cat flap into the cratch (canvas covered part of bow). In the cratch is a cat litter tray. In the pouring rain my two cats preferred to go out and do their business. They went straight past the litter tray and came back in soaked through. I just don't understand.

absthame Thu 03-Oct-19 10:04:37

I am peed off with two local cats that insist upon digging up our plants and using our garden as their convenience. Nothing works. Maybe a shotgun could solve the problem. confusedgrin

Craftycat Thu 03-Oct-19 10:12:50

Get a cat flap! My 4 are in & out all day but it never needs me to do anything. Plus they can get in if it is wet & I am out.
Today they are all on various cat beds sleeping as it is cold!!
Cats are not daft.

bridie54 Thu 03-Oct-19 10:15:10

Cat flaps? Have you tried them? If not I would recommend the 'chip' activated one which means no other mog can use it as it would be programmed to allow only your own cats access. I'm assuming your cats are chipped. My DH tho will still open the door for one of our cats who just looks and expects him to do it. I don't and she just gives up and goes out. If your cats are older it could take a while for them to get used to using the flap but would be worth it I think. Our rescue ginger tom kitten took more persuading in the early days to use the cat flap.

polnan Thu 03-Oct-19 10:15:15

lol you all made me smile!
and my dh is quite poorly in hospital, we are both in our 80`s so not very happy here
so thanks for the smiles

we have an "outdoor" cat, about 18years old, outdoor cos she would insist on going on the kitchen counters, so been outside for some years now.. well looked after though.. so she just looks at me..

now have a wow, 2 year old kitten! indoors at night, let her in and out during the day.. in the warm weather the back door is left wide open for her.. not getting cold, the door is shut and I have to let her in and out.. and the looks!!!! unblievable! we have a cat door, which I have tried and tried for her to use.. but now.. had quite a few cats over the years, and they have always LOVED a cat door.. so.. indoor cat... MissT, just thinks I am making this wet weather.

bridie54 Thu 03-Oct-19 10:16:01

lol oh craftycat we mjusthave been typing at the same time.

Theoddbird Thu 03-Oct-19 10:23:37

Can I just add that today is dry and sunny and one of my cats has justed used the litter tray and to do a very smelly poo that has wafted in as bow door was open. I give up....sighs