That’s about the long and short of it. Do you have any ideas?
— R.B., Columbia, Md.
Dear R.B.: Clearly you are devoted to Henry, and you have some issues not easily resolved. He misses his companion cat and the old home, so he will be “yowly” and unsettled for a while.
If you are a regular reader of this column, you will know the many reasons why I advise never letting a cat roam free. Invisible fences, which I do not endorse, are designed for dogs, not cats, and they do stop animals outside the fence from coming in.
Build a “cat house” or screen in the deck so he can spend time outdoors. Some people build a covered catwalk connecting, via a cat door, the house and an outdoor enclosure so their animals can go in and out as they choose. If this is not feasible for you, I would follow your wife’s initiative to help Henry adapt to indoor life.
Purchase a better-fitting harness, and consider adopting an easy-going companion cat for him to enrich his time when you are both gone from the house.
There are cat TV programs to also consider. Setting up a padded window ledge and a bird feeder or two outside for the cat to watch is helpful. One of our cats loves that and is entertained daily.
Check my books, “Understanding Your Cat” and “Supercat: How to Raise the Perfect Feline Companion,” which includes mind and body stimulating games and IQ tests.
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