Kitty and the Kick Down Door Stop


calico cat laying on a towel, green bokeh in the background

Every evening, after the sun sets, I call Smiley inside and tell Kitty to go outside. Smiley would prefer sleeping outside, but I don’t like being woken up by a barking dog. I also don’t want her harassing the wildlife and possibly getting hurt. I usually have to persuade her to come inside, but once she’s in she settles into her plush bed.

Kitty is a different story. She would prefer staying inside at night for part of the night and then go out around midnight. This is unacceptable to me because I don’t want to be woken up by a cat wanting to go outside. The established routine of dog in, cat out works well, unless… I forget to make Kitty go outside. If that happens, here’s a typical account of what happens.

Actually, this happened just last week. I forgot to put Kitty outside. In the middle of the night, I hear her meow. At first, I thought the meow was coming from outside, but realized she was in the house. It’s a certain meow that I know means “I want out”. I decided to ignore her, she has an indoor bathroom so there’s no urgent need for me to get up and let her out.

kick down door stop
Kick down door stop.

She persists and starts batting my feet from the bottom of the bed. She even gets up close to my ear and starts meowing. I don’t respond… at that point she resorts to drastic measures. The door to the bathroom is in the bedroom. That is also the way outside for Kitty. When she is desperate, she begins flicking up and down the door stop. It makes a loud noise and is impossible to ignore. I find this antic of hers funny. She never touches that door stop, unless she wants to go outside in the middle of the night!

After a few flicks of the door stop I give in, get up and let her outside. Kitty wins and apparently is queen of the house!