Post last updated: October 6th, 2018

I’m so sad. Zorro, my beloved baby kitten, now almost 5 months old, wants to be an outdoor kitty. I wanted him to be an indoor-only kitty. We have been in a battle over this for some time. I relented a few weeks ago when he almost drove me nuts (well, more so than usual) with his howling demands to go out.

Zorro on cypress tree

The other day I needed to go outside and tried to throw one of his toys in the opposite direction to distract him from the door. Initially, he was fooled but quickly realized he was being duped and flew between my legs as I was half in and half out the door. He’s faster than a speeding bullet, honest.

That evening, I was at Poppie’s to cook dinner for us and needed an ingredient from my house. I thought Zorro was playing with Big Foot and walked to the back door. Zoom, he was out the door and 50 feet from the house, beyond the circular daylily bed into the dark before I could get the door shut. The light from the house doesn’t shine that far and I wasn’t about to go after him. The jaunty bounce of his rear indicated he thought that having Momma chase him was a lark and a half. I got so mad, I stomped  back to the house and left him out there. He finally came back up to Poppie’s French doors and Poppie got up to let him in. He kept trying to come over to kiss and make-up but I was having none of it. Finally, he had to crawl up in Poppie’s lap (something he never does) for some attention. It was 10 p.m. before I gave up my pout. I was justified, you know. Nobody wants to think about being bested by a three pound cat. I believe he has entered the Terrible Two’s of Kittenhood.

On the other hand, he is the best snuggle buddy. This morning, before getting out of bed, I was checking emails on my hand-me-down laptop. Zorro climbed up on my left shoulder and we sat cheek-to-cheek reading email. Isn’t that just the sweetest?

26 thoughts on “SO SAD”

  1. Has Zorro been fixed..if not perhaps he is looking for more than a snuggle and looking for another four legged friend for that purpose. Why don’t you put him in a harness and take him for a walk .. he might just like it. Was good seeing you today. My but it has turned cold ..just walked out to the greenhouses to see how they looked ..turned on the heat for the babies I have started. We did not do bad but would have been a great festival had the weather been better today.

    1. Linda – I was going to get him fixed the first of this month but he’s so small I have postponed it. He’s a lot smaller than he looks in that photo. I thought about the harness. A lot. Then I realized he’d be dragging me through the bushes, cause me to trip and fall and likely strangle me with his leash. It was colder in my neck o’ the woods than yours. That’s why I showed up in a big old coat. Always good to see you!

  2. Cats do like to run our lives. Zorro has shown you that you can’t run his life. Since he snuggles with you, I would think you could put up with his determined attitude!! He’s a handsome guy!

    1. Meta – I am conflicted about getting him fixed this young. I know it’s allowed but … Nevertheless, it is my ultimate goal to have him neutered. He is supposed to be part Siamese, part Persian. I don’t see much evidence of the Persian but I do see some tabby in the woodpile.

  3. Oh I just love Zorro. Sigh. It is so hard being a fur parent isn’t it? Our Joey, who is gone now, used to do these very things – we finally started calling him INDEPENDENT. A friend suggested he was acting like a teenager. Oh how I miss him now. Hug on Zorro and forgive the frustrations, he probably feels the same way about you. 🙂

  4. Just like a child…just remember, you are the mama!!! Give him as much love as you can. He will always come back! (I think…I don’t have a cat, never have, so I’m just sayin’).

    1. Yes, Marla, he’s an ornery stinker. No Christmas tree. Yesterday, I got him one of those cardboard scratching boxes with catnip. I followed the directions and applied the catnip to the box in front of him. He was very interested in the catnip (he was eating it) but didn’t seem to know what to do with the cardboard. He got so stoned on catnip that he wandered into my office, pulled the trash can down, crawled up in it and went to sleep. Later in the day, Whiskey showed him how to scratch on the cardboard but he’s still clueless. I wonder if someone dropped him on his head before he was given to me and he’s brain dead?

        1. Marla – I’ve had him since he was 6 weeks old and he’s now 5 months but I didn’t put him on the blog much because my blog is about rural route living and gardening. I don’t know WHY I thought I couldn’t include him since I LOVE seeing other bloggers’ kitties.

          1. Marla – I finally figured that out when Stone the Gardener mentioned it on Facebook. Dunno why it didn’t occur to me when I LOVED seeing your kitty. I’m not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.

  5. You know my thoughts on Zorro kitty, but I am sad that he does not want to be an indoor kitty for you – especially with those dogs around.

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