Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Tucker Says, "No, Thank You."

Since I won’t be testing Cammie with the leash and harness outside, Tucker is the last of my beasts to brave the outdoors. I know the Trout Towne Tabbies were wondering if he would have his chance, and he has. It did not go well.

Tucker, like the others who have experienced it, had little bother with the harness. It is light and though I have it secure around them, it is not uncomfortably tight. This was not enough, however, to persuade the roly poly to enjoy his time outside. He lasted a little longer than Renn did; he looked about and, for a moment, I thought the interest he briefly exhibited in his surroundings would carry him on. It did not. He crouched, his tail tucked under him, and started crying. I tried to soothe his fears, but he was having none of it, so I brought him back inside.

Once safe within the cosy apartment, the roly poly was a happy cat. He purred, scratched at a cat-tree and rubbed against me. He was certainly no worse for the abbreviated span he spent in unfamiliar surroundings. But he made it clear that he was not an outsider-cat, no matter how much he may have looked to be longing to change places with Parker, when he saw the latter walking in the sunshine one day.

Parker remains the only one of my cats who wants to go outside. He loves it; smelling the breezes, trying to eat the grass and sometimes running. The orange boy cries with excitement as we walk along together. As far as Tucker is concerned, though, the whole outdoors can be Parker’s playground. He will remain inside.

10 comments:

  1. I think it's wise that you're not even trying to put that harness on Cammie.

    Unless, of course, you want to film a Civil War movie in your apartment.

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  2. dood.....two much burd song, two manee burd sightinz N therz de hole gobbler thing.......we canna say we blame ya....troo lee...bee sidez sum timez cell receptshunz knot sew good when yur out o doorz.... N in R line oh werk ;) we kneadz a cleer signullz !! lookin for werd ta yur vizit two de stew dee oh on de 11th !!! ☺☺♥♥

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  3. In a way, you lucked out with that. Imagine if you had to schedule all 5 for outdoor time. You'd almost need a spreadsheet. Ha. So it's all the more outdoor time for Parker, then. :-)

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  4. Just saying, that Angel and Chuck both balked at being outside at first. But I kept taking them out, and they got used to it, and then The Hubby had them walking with him around the open lot and down the alley! Angel always hissed at The PO'M, tho...

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  5. Tucker is happy with his big inside world and has all he desires. I guess there was just too much going on outside for him. Tucker and the kitties are very lucky to have their big picture windows through which to enjoy the sights without the bother of having to go out.

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  6. Good on you Tucker for having a go. I think that all the cats must feel vulnerable when the back yard is not their own, and is full of smells from other animals.

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  7. Well, you tried. I think you're wise to give up on taking Cammie, Tucker, Renn and Josie outside. If they don't care for "the great outdoors", why force the issue? Actually, I think it's for the best. There are so many problems associated with a cat being outside, it's safer for them to be inside cats.

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  8. Everyone had a chance. I imagine Katie would not like being out. Too many courting mancats are about now and then and she would finally read their calling cards. She would not like that challenge to her Queendom.

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  9. They all had their choice and let you know their decisions. Looks like there will be a lot of walks in Parker's future.

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