Our Cat’s In A Flap

5 December 2009

For the first two years of our cat’s life, she had a cat flap.  For the next 7 years, and two houses, no cat flap.

Recently David installed a new front door so that was our opportunity to provide Chloe with her own little door again.  No more having to jump up and down every ten minutes to attend to her whims.

Now I know that cats have very little memory but I really thought she was a bit brighter than this.  Ten days of her own door and she just hasn’t got the hang of it.  I’ve “trained” cats in the use of cat flaps before but nothing seems to be working with her.  We’ve pushed and pulled,  put food on the other side etc but she still sits at the door and wails every time she wants to go in or out.

Is there a TAFE course or similar where she can enroll and be taught by the experts or do we just have to persevere . . . or get a new cat . . . or come to terms with the fact that she just isn’t as clever as we thought she was?

 Chloe at door2


  1. Hi Sally
    Would it help if you propped it open for a while? If she can see the outdoors/food she may use it, then gradually lower it …. but you’ve probably tried that already.

  2. You can’t teach an old cat… 🙂

  3. Whip and a chair? Cognitive behavioural therapy? A good talking-to?

  4. I know how you feel. My children aren’t as bright as I thought they would be either.

    Cat’s probably doing it on purpose. That’s a cat’s way isn’t it?

  5. Why should she waste all those years she spent training YOU to attend to her whims?

    With the loss of our old Vegemite we are actually catless for the first time in forty years. And old Veg was with us for 22 years and 7 months of those years – not too bad for an abandoned moggie kitten. Ruled with an iron paw, we were……….

    Gae, in Callala Bay

  6. Oh yes, she’s got you well trained!! LOL

  7. She wants to keep David under her paw/thumb?!

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