Saturday, July 23, 2011
This is our cat, Charlie. You may have met him before. He enjoys catnip, cuddling with our dog, and napping with his paws over his eyes. Since we've moved into our new house, he's taken up some not-so-cute habits as well, like peeing on our nice new floors.
It might be that he's trying to mark his territory, or maybe he doesn't like his new roofed litter box, but I think he's just mad that we won't let him stay outside. Besides the fact that the heat index is well into the hundreds, I'm just nervous letting him roam around now that we're back in a more urban environment.
When we lived a few blocks away, we had a neighbor turn him in to animal control several times because, technically, leash laws apply to cats as well and he was trespassing on her property. And then there's the matter of fast cars, mean dogs, and just the fear that he'll get lost.
That said, we're slowly acclimating him to the new neighborhood, letting him out for a few hours each night. So far he's always come in at the end of the night. Here's hoping Charlie can cut it in the new 'hood — and that he stops peeing on the floor.