When we moved in with my parents, our large, orange, long-haired, tabby cat, Tang came with us. He was a little freaked out at first. He didn’t come out from under my bed for 3 days except once to pee on Gabriel’s bed cause he could no longer hold it anymore.
It took him about a month before he got the nerve to venture upstairs and he would only do so at night when the two dogs were locked in their cages and the two other cats were resting in between playtimes.
Then, one morning, he just kinda showed up next to me in the upstairs living room and from there it only took a few more weeks before he ruled the house.
Now, there was one thing i was afraid of and that was for Tang to discover the doggie door to the backyard. The other two cats would always go in and out, all day long as long as the weather was nice. However, they tend to stay in during the cold winter months and this winter was no exception. Tang had been strictly an indoor cat up to this point but I knew that he loved the outdoors because, when living in our old house, it was always a challenge to make sure he didn’t go outside. He is a very quick and sneaky cat and would hide until you opened the back door or the garage door and would then race past you to get out into the yard or garage.
In light of all this, I decided to take matters into my own hands and, because I couldn’t avoid the inevitable, took Tang out onto the back deck and let him do a little exploring.
And that was all I had to do. Tang started using the doggie door all the time, mostly in the evening at first, but is now out there at all hours of the day, exploring, basking in the sunlight, surveying his territory, and just plain loving his new-found freedom.
The tiger has actually started climbing the fence in order to get a better view of his surroundings.
This picture is currently the picture on my computer desktop.
In this picture, Tang is watching what is going on below him…
Pokey and Lilly were lurking around in the dirt.
All three of my precious kitties!
Tang in his element…