Cats like doors left open, in case they change their minds

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My owner is a Realtor with Century 21 Award in San Diego.If you don't yet have a copy of "The Cat Lover's Book of Days," you should head on over to Peg Silloway's web site and order one right now. She'll even autograph it with the message of your choice.

We got a copy for our household just before Christmas, and I've been reading the entry for each day.

Zoey the Cool Cat opening the doorToday's entry, January 4, has the quote that I used for the title of this post. It's funny and appropriate because during the winter days, we keep the door to our home office closed, as you see in the upper right photo. However, it's not latched, and Zoey the Cool Cat knows how to pull it open, as she is doing. Unfortunately, during the evening, she likes to come in and go out every five mintues. We always know when the door is open because the cold air from the rest of the house rushes into our warm home office. We do get a lot of exercise getting up and down to close the door each time she comes and goes.

Zoey the Cool Cat reading to jump through the doorway      Through the doorway!


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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Jim:  Mollie the Cat is just sitting here cheering your Zoey the Cool Cat.  Of course cats like to change their minds.  One of my Mollie's quirks is that she will NOT... drink water unless it is dripping fresh out of the kitchen sink faucet.  If somehow before going to bed, I forget, and turn the faucet off... sooner or later I will be awakened by a distinct WAILING sound.  Miss Mollie T is thirsty... and "someone" forgot to leave the water dripping for her.  How thoughtless of me.

Jan 04, 2010 04:30 PM #1
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

By the way...Mollie T says... what in the world do you mean "If you own a cat, or have owned a cat in the past, please leave a picture of IT."  IT ???  You silly person.  Mollie T says she would very much make sure that Zoey the Cool Cat does not see you calling her and her brothers and sisters an IT... in this post.

Also... "if you OWN a cat ?"  My friend, you should know... dogs have owners, cats have "staff."

Jan 04, 2010 04:35 PM #2
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

Now that is one busy kitty!  I got my mom a kitten from a farmer client of mine, to keep her company.  They have become fast friends! 

Jan 04, 2010 09:11 PM #3
Bill Saunders, Realtor®
Meyers Realty - Hot Springs, AR

Jasmine will walk by a door that is ajar for days, but if you close it...she is trying to open it to get inside...and yes...if the water bowl is not absolutely fresh, I will hear about it loudly.

Jan 04, 2010 10:35 PM #4
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

It sounds like you need to lock that door! Zoey is one clever kitty to be sure!



Jan 05, 2010 12:03 AM #5
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT


I enjoyed the title and seeing Zoey the cat in action through the photos.   Have a great day!

Jan 05, 2010 12:26 AM #6
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

One of our cats, Roux, is an accomplished door opener.  He has figured out how to open every single cabinet and closet door in our home.  Our other 2 cats just watch him until Roux has opened a cabinet door and then they jump in first!

Jan 05, 2010 01:07 AM #7
Peg Silloway
The Silloway Press - Beaverton, OR

Jim, "your" Zoey is very clever. (As Karen pointed out, you belong to Zoey and not the other way around!) I'm glad you're enjoying The Cat Lover's Book of Days. Soon you'll get to the page that may have your solution, courtesy of Sir Isaac Newton - he invented the cat flap when his feline friend kept opening the door and ruining his light experiments! Signature

Jan 05, 2010 01:41 AM #8
Carra & Shae Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Jim...Cats are certainly entertaining.  I know what you mean about getting up to let them in or out every few minutes.  Our cat Bubba truly does rule the did that happen?

Cosmic Cow

Jan 05, 2010 02:59 AM #9
Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

My husband stays up a lot later than I do, and the TV bothers me, but I can't shut the bedroom door all the way because our cats paw and meow till I open it. Oh, well.

Jan 05, 2010 04:10 AM #10
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

Hey, Jim. All I know is that we are not allowed to leave inside doors closed or outside doors open. Thanks for sharing, Jim

Jan 05, 2010 04:21 AM #11
Dana Couch-Davis
Kendall Haney Realty Group - Memphis, TN

Thank you for the post Jim.  Your cats are always so interesting as well as your posts.

Jan 05, 2010 06:38 AM #12
Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS
iTexas Realty Co. - San Antonio, TX

Hi Jim-

Our son, Jon's, orange tabby (Tiger from the SPCA, or "cat store" as the kids called it), could jump up and catch the door knob at an angle, simultaneously unlatching it and pulling it open.  He was such a Houdini that he could even open the slider!

Tiger has been gone for about 4 years and we still miss him. 

--Sara in San Antonio

Jan 05, 2010 11:04 AM #13
Deena Cottingham
GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography - Calgary, AB
Home Stager & Photographer

That's a pretty talented cat you have, Jim! Maybe I have more in common with cats than I thought . . .

Jan 05, 2010 12:51 PM #14
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

This sounds like an interesting book! Zoey is just teaching you how to leave a door open because you keep closing it!

Jan 05, 2010 01:36 PM #15
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

what amazes me is that Zoey doesn't mind your photograhing her.

Jan 05, 2010 11:14 PM #16
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I'm not even gonna show my cat those photos !!! He can be very persistant when he wants something !

Jan 06, 2010 08:24 AM #17
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Great pictures and so right about leaving the door open, mine whines letting you know that she doesn't like it.

Jan 06, 2010 11:03 PM #18
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Very considerate cat you guys have there Jim.  Not everyone can say that their cat knows to give their owners exercise when needed.

Jan 07, 2010 06:00 AM #19
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Hey, Karen - It's not nice to be thoughtless when those little kitties are involved. And you are so correct about my poor choice of words. LOL

Hey, Janna - Zoey the Cool Cat is only three, so we expect many more years of a busy kitty.

Hey, Bill - I wonder what it is that cats need to know what's behind a closed door.

Hey, Betina - If we close it so that it latches, she starts howling.

Hey, Gerry - Thanks for stopping by.

Hey, Irene - So we know which cat is the leader in your house!

Hey, Peg - I saw that about Isaac Newton. January 4.

Hey, Carra - Sometime in history, cats found out how to control us, and that gene was a dominant one.

Hey, Leslie - Sounds like earplugs are in order. LOL

Hey, Jim  - That's a good way to put it.

Hey, Dana - Thanks, and thanks for stopping by.

Hey, Sara - Tiger sounds like a fun cat. So many great pets can be found at the "cat store."

Hey, Deena - Now we just need to learn out to be talented like our cats.

Hey, Al and Peggy - If you like cats, you need "The Cat Lover's Book of Days."

Hey, Janice - She minds, but only if we get too close. That's where zoom lenses coming in handy.

Hey, Michael - You're not going to share with your cat? How dastardly and selfish!

Hey, Charles - I'm not sure there's a more pitiful noise in the world than a cat whining.

Hey, Jack - Looking at the bright side does help!

Jan 09, 2010 09:47 AM #20
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