When last we saw our intrepid explorer…

… Relic was laying on the bed looking depressed.

Well, I’m happy to say, he’s settling in. He’s still a little on edge, and still spends most of his time in the bed, but he comes down the stairs on his own several times a day to explore. And in the evenings, he comes down to sit and watch TV with Dave and I.

Mid-week one evening, he made his way out to the kitchen while I was out there, so I decided to see if he’d be interested in exploring the catio. I have to clean up and organize the sunporch (it’s currently being used as a staging area for stuff as we get things unpacked), so the cat door is still locked, but I opened the door to the porch for him in invitation.

He was cautious at first, but I think he could smell the fresh air. He didn’t hesitate on the door-step too long.

As soon as I opened the door to the fenced area, he was out and down those stairs!

All my garden plants are still in the centre, so he did a couple circles around them looking for a way out of the fence.

When he realized there was no obvious openings, he started pulling at the fence, and trying to get his nose under it. It’s staked in the ground with heavy-duty kinked stakes every six or so inches. And the bottom 2 feet are a combo of heavy-duty wire livestock fence, and the lighter mesh fence. His efforts were pretty much useless.

After a big, sad yowl, he came and sat down beside me near the steps.

… and he seemed content to sit there and watch the world go by for a while (a little red house finch came and perched on the gate for a little bit.)

When I got up to water my house plants on the sunporch, he stayed in the grass and chilled. By the time I was done watering, he decided he was ready to come inside again.

He hasn’t asked to go out again yet, but I expect once I get the porch cleaned up and start spending time out there, my little buddy will be right out there with me.

9 thoughts on “When last we saw our intrepid explorer…

  1. Araignee

    He doesn’t know how good he has it. It’s a big scary world out there for kitties and he’s so lucky to have a safe place to play. I’ve been trying to convince The Mister to screen in the deck so my inside kitties can get some fresh air but that’s a big no…like my boat and my RV. It’s no fun to have a penny pincher as a partner. Sigh.

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  2. It makes my heart so happy to see him outside for a bit.

    The photo of him in the doorway is so cute. It must be so confusing for them when we move them.

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  3. Shirley Elliott

    It has only been a week since the move and it seems as though he is continually making progress with settling in at the new house. Such cute photos of Relic exploring and surveying his new domain.

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  4. it’s been a hard week for everyone–he needs to get the ‘new-house-smell’ converted into ‘home-again’ smell and that takes time-about two to three weeks and all will be well. I’m glad you did extra security on the fencing–you would’ve been out if you hadn’t!

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