Lonely Laps

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner 21498

Because of a spraying problem, none of our cats are allowed in the house anymore. I miss the warm purr in my lap at night when we watch TV. The house just doesn’t feel complete without at least one of them inside.

We currently have three cats (all pictured below on every blog post I write)…a gray tabby male and a long haired, gray female – both of whom stay predominately around the back of the house. Then there is our black male who is not allowed around back by the gray female. She runs him off.

We feed the black cat on the front porch and the other two on the back porch. Seems fair enough, right? Well, here’s the deal…there is a cat door around back that leads into the garage, which is heated. So the gray male and female live the life of Riley, while the black cat is spurned. He has to find somewhere else to be when it is cold and when it rains or snows; it just isn’t fair.

And the thing is, he is a big boy and could kill the little gray female with one swipe of his huge paw, but he is convinced that she is the Queen (which she is) and he runs away at the mere sight of her. She is the Alpha on the premises, and she really flaunts it. And the big gray male gets his share of smacks in the face, but he just runs off a little ways, then comes back when she has calmed down.

We love on them every day, but it is just not the same as when they are indoors. Cats bring a certain vibe into a home that is hard to define, but easy to live with. And it kills me to see Moon standing at the front door looking through the glass. I just want to let him in and everything be alright…I know he wants to be with us inside too.

Well, we DO still have a beautiful fish tank and a giant bird…but our laps are lonely. 


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Shawna Green
Keller Williams Realty-Fayetteville - Fayetteville, NC
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Shelia, Poor Moon!  Your right, doesnt seem fair...but if he really cared maybe he would take matters into his own hands...or paws so to speak? 

Jan 17, 2011 02:16 PM #1
Dee Mayers
Covina, CA
San Gabriel Valley, CA

Here is a tip.  Have your cats neutered and this will solve the problem of spraying.  It will also make them less aggressive. Bring them in please, it's cold outside.

Jan 17, 2011 02:46 PM #2
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Hey Shawna...I keep waiting for the day he takes matters into his own paws, but I have a feeling I'm going to be waiting a long time yet...maybe he will surprise me.  : )

Hi Dee...the youngest of our three cats is over ten years old, and they were all spayed/neutered when they were kittens. Unfortunately, it is a misconception that cats will not spray after the surgery... thanks for the tip though...it was worth a shot!

Jan 17, 2011 02:56 PM #3
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Well, I guess when it warms up you can get some porch time with them.  Until then  . . : (

Jan 17, 2011 03:37 PM #4
Dee Mayers
Covina, CA
San Gabriel Valley, CA

I beg to differ, my cat was neutered as a kitten and he has never sprayed and he is much calmer.    I guess it works on some cats. There is a website that deals with cat issues and maybe you can find some answers there.  It is Petplace I hope you find a solution and your furry friends will be back inside again.

Jan 18, 2011 05:51 AM #5
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

At least you live in SC, where extreme cold is a rare event. One of our cats was discovered living under our back porch when night temps were dropping below zero. We found out his family had moved away and abandoned him. Luckily, he doesn't spray. Leaving cats outside here is not a humane option.

Jan 25, 2011 05:28 PM #6
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