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Does Walking a Savannah Cat Lead to Escapes

Discussion in 'Savannah Cat - General Discussion' started by admin, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

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    I was pondering this question last night when Taj ran out my front door at night, up an embankment near traffic and scared me almost to death. it is a steep embankment with huge boulders, but he loves to climb on boulders when I am walking him, so I was not surprised.

    He was found quickly because he knows where he lives and never goes far, but...he could have been hit by a car...he just wants to be outside.

    I have been walking him since he was a kitten. he loves to be walked. Zuri does not really like to be walked, so she never runs out...she loves to be in her enclosure.

    So I wonder if walking savannah cats outside gives them a propensity to want to run out or if some cats just run out to be out...

    What do you think?
     
  2. Eolsurion

    Eolsurion Rob

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    I'm very interested in the answer to this question as well. I like the idea of walking the boys. But so far, I'm too apprehensive about having issues with them becoming door dashers to even consider it at this time. Even with the idea of carrying them out in their carrier, and going out throught he garage rather than through the other doors ... I'm still too concerned, that they will come to like it outside too much and take it into their own paws as to when they go out.
     
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  3. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

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    I don't know Rob...I carry Taj outside - he never walks out on his own. I stopped walking him because we built the enclosure for he and Zuri, but he loves to walk so much, that he still brings me his leash...

    So today I will walk him and go back to walking him daily and see if he will stop running out. Plus I am getting one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Contech-StayAway-Motion-Activated-Pet-Deterrent/dp/B000DZFFN4 in hopes it will help.
     
  4. Eolsurion

    Eolsurion Rob

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    That looks very interesting. I wonder how it tells the difference between human and animals. I wouldn't want it going off when I walked out the door.

    I would also have to start taking my dog out through the garage door to avoid setting it off with her as well. Thank you for sharing, definately something worth looking more into
     
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  5. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

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    There is also something called a scat mat...
     
  6. Wyldthingz

    Wyldthingz Savannah Super Cat

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    I think this is very true. I have had bolters and they are the ones that get to go on walks.
    I always recommend to a new owner, it is good to walk them through a door 1. you never use 2. Put them in a carrier, then take them out to walk 3. use a door that has a double access.

    They tend to bolt out the door that they are used to going out of. We have some that like to dart into the garage so we keep the back door closed or quickly close it. That way their darting can be controlled.

    My favorite F2 Confetti was a terrible door darter. At first it was a game, then it became an obsession. She eventually got out late at night unbeknownst to us and got hit by a car.

    It was a terrible experience and I wouldn't want anyone to have to go though that!
     
  7. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

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    My front door has double access...I don't have any other door and Taj does not walk out the front door on his own - never has...he just wants to be outside.

    He did NOT want to come in last night and gave my friends a whole story when they picked him up while I kept him busy...he was talking up a storm...yelling is more like it...:p
     
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  8. KMcgown

    KMcgown Site Supporter

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    I think walking them does increase the door darting. Sophie, our biggest walker, will sit by the door barking (yes, she is a cat) to go out. If you happen to come in, she will try and scoot out. Luckily, we have a double door so she can get in the hall but not the lower door. This has saved us many times! The other girls, who are not walked, could case less about the door. They don't bark :) and they don't sit there waiting either. During the winter, when its cold here in new england, she is walked much less and this does get better but its like a drug...give her one walk on a nice day and she is right back at it!
     
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  9. admin

    admin Paige Staff Member

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    Same here...no issues in the winter...
     
  10. Ashley

    Ashley Savannah Super Cat

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    We've had Kovu since February. He's been walked nearly every day since we got him. He's never tried to dart out the door.. until yesterday. Scared the jeebies out of me. Luckily I was able to grab him before he made it past the porch, but now I know we have to be extra super careful. I've been super busy the last couple days & haven't been able to walk him, which is probably why he darted.

    Glad Taj was okay. We live next to an interstate & a high way. I am VERY worried about him getting out & getting hit by a car.
     
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