Outside Time

Since returning from West Virginia, Frankie and Chris have enjoyed much more outside time, although not as much as they would like. Our trips outside usually start with Frankie who gets really excited when he knows, or thinks he knows, when I am getting ready to take him out. My wife has to get him even more excited by saying things like, “Are you going outside, Frankie? Oh boy, you’re going outside!”

Once outside, after the initial excitement wears off, we usually spend time smelling stuff, especially plants.

When the smelling is done it is time to lie in the dirt.

Sometimes he pulls a Harry Houdini on me and starts to slip out of his harness.

When that happens it is usually too risky to try to fix it “in the field” so I will pick him up and carry him home while he hisses at me the whole way there. Usually, by that time we already had a good walk and Chris is at home waiting for his turn.

The first thing Chris does when he gets outside is do the “happy roll.” This is something I never see him do inside.

He then does a little exploring but he usually stays close to home which is why he doesn’t need a harness, although I still need to watch him because he sometimes wanders away.

Eventually he finds some grass to munch on.

After that he sometimes lies down for a few minutes and is then ready to go inside. I don’t have to carry him home while being hissed at.

Anyone else have inside cats that go out?


28 thoughts on “Outside Time

  1. onespoiledcat

    What great photos of those two……..Teddy does the happy roll the MINUTE he’s on the front porch especially if it’s in the sun in the mornings. I think the cement is warm and he’s just happy to be out there PERIOD. As you know we don’t need to take Ted out on his harness/leash anymore either he sticks close to us sort of like a security blanket!


  2. Timmy Tomcat

    Frankie is checking who has signed his Whiffie book so he knows who has been by. I like that dirt roll too and do it either on dirt or grass as it is such fun to flip back and forth. We go into our Cat Yard and love it. It has a special cat fence so we can go out our door as long as the weather is nice. Dad had too hard a time with Rumpy getting his lead wrapped around his cane so got this last fall. Whee all year this year
    Maybe try a Kitty Holster harness. They are 100% paws down the best. If Houdini Rumpy couldn’t get out of it no kitty can

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I would love to get a cat fence. It is not possible here. Our house in WV has a picket fence which won’t hold a cat. I think it would be too expensive to buy a new fence there but we may screen in our back porch..

  3. Brian

    We don’t go outside here due to all the ferals and we don’t want to catch something from them. It sure looks like fun out n’ abouts!

  4. kittiesblue

    They all have their unique personalities, don’t they? Looks like both boys had a great time, especially Frankie. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, angel Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer & Kizmet

  5. Summer

    I love my outside time too! Even better, I may whine a little when my human takes me back inside (she never wants to stay out as long as I do), but I never hiss about it.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      We do not know how Frankie ended up at the shelter but he still wants to “wander.” He always comes home but the time spent away seems to get longer every time he escapes and I have found him a significant distance from home. I worry he will get lost or a coyote will find him.

  6. Marv, Jo Jo, Kozmo, Cinnamon and Barb

    We LOVE the shots of your cats out enjoying their environs! And Chris’ roll is terrific!
    Because we live in a teenie tiny village the cats are allowed out in the yard. We start when they are young. Or when they first come here, they are out on a long line and they know the boundaries of where they can go. They are also rewarded when they come when called. They don’t go far and are usually in our yard or our next door neighbor’s garden. The adventurer is Kozmo who walks up the block with Cinnamon and me on the morning walk. And they are not allowed out after 6 pm. They do get a little upset with this when the sun is up until 11. Have a marvellously happy day!

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      You must live pretty far north if the Sun is up until 11:00. I used to have a neighbor that had a cat that would follow her around on her walks. It was the coolest thing. I’m glad that your kitties are able to spend their time outside. We are only allowed one pet where I live in Florida so they can’t be seen at the same time and they are not allowed to be outside without a leash.

  7. Cleo

    Well, it sure looks like Frankie and Chris do enjoy their outdoor time! I’m still getting used to it myself, and usually just stand in one place yelling and yowling until dad gently tugs my leash. Even then, I only go so far. There are just so many scents and sounds out there- I’m still learning what’s what. These are all beautiful pictures of Frankie and Chris, by the way.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Thanks. There is so much to smell outside. Frankie sometimes spends a lot of time in one place just smelling stuff, usually bushes, although I don’t know what secrets those smells reveal.


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