The newly wired-in deck in panorama.

Before Spunk disappeared, we were not allowing the big cats to go out freely. Since the kittens seemed to be on the verge of figuring out the kitty door to the rest of the house, we didn’t want an open kitty door that would let them outside. I have plans to extend the catio, but since the kitties always want to be with us on the deck, I decided to wire in the deck so we can open the kitty door and they can go out and hang out on the deck, but they can’t go beyond the deck.

I added three doors where the steps to the deck are and wired in the rest of the deck. The whole time I was working on it the kitties were in the catio meowing at me to let them onto the deck and beyond. I kept telling them to hold on, I was almost done. When I finished hanging the double doors, I opened the kitty door and called at cats to come out on the deck. They came running but soon became very confused that they were wired in, separated from the great outdoors beyond the deck. They felt hoodwinked. So far Sasha is the only kitty taking advantage of access to the deck and the deck furniture. All the kitties liked lounging on the deck before it was wired in. I think Loki, Silver, and Marble are being defiant and registering the kitty complaints for being hoodwinked.

Sasha lounging on the chaise lounge.

The newly wired-in deck in super-wide-angle.

Sasha on a comfy cushion. She doesn’t feel hoodwinked. She appreciates access to the deck.

Silver: “Give me free access to the great outdoors or give me couch!”


46 thoughts on “Hoodwinked

  1. What a transformation! You and Laurie have been very busy. I like it and the Defiants will come around and love it.
    I’m looking forward to a time when people gather together again.

  2. A wonderful idea, Tim! I think the other cats will soon adjust as Sasha has. I really hope Spunk shows up home soon! 😻

  3. πŸ™‚ to the Keeping Them Alive with the world in. Shaking head and deeply moved by SPunk going missing. I’m not going to try to dial in. I cannot imagine your loss. Thank you for sharing.

  4. A wonderful cat story. This is one of the many reasons that I love them so much. They must do things their way in their own time. By the way I love what you have done…it looks fabulous. I would be very happy to sit out there:)

  5. When I brought Caitie indoors due to her abscess, I’m sure she thought I would be letting her back outside after she healed up. Not a chance since I spent money on her. Also, Caitie is not barn cat material. The barn cats are working cats – sure they sleep most of the day away like any other cat, but are always on alert and work cooperatively. Caitie hasn’t proven herself to be cooperative just yet.

  6. Hahahaha!
    Cats just want it their way. Jeep has been testing my will with demanding to be fed at different locations around the apt..
    We’ll see who wins!

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