Steppin’ Out

Jimi’s first days out. I let Jimi outside in the garden a few days ago. The first time he was very cautious but the second day he was climbing into all the espaliers trees. And that’s a big problem… If he reaches the top of the trees, it’s rather easy to jump on the roof of my neighbours garage. And then it’s very easy to get in their garden. But my neighbours got a big mean dog, one of the breed that loves to chase terrorists in dark tunnels… Mr. Bowie never climbed into a tree and the fence was high enough to keep him inside the garden. I’m not sure what I’m going to do in the future, keep Jimi inside or let him out again. I’m afraid that Jimi wants to discover the world on the other side of the fence after a while…

Meanwhile I received a photograph of 2 Maltese dogs who follow Jimi’s blog. I wonder if Jimi would love to play with his 2 new friends… 

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

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    • I tried a leash/harness but Jimi didn’t liked it at all. Maybe I should spent some time training him. Mr. Bowie loved walking on a leash before there was a fence around the garden.
      Think I’m going to keep Jimi inside the next months…

  1. You are going to have to put in a catio to keep him in the garden. If he’s being the curious type he will be on your neighbor’s roof in no time. Nice Jimi has some Maltese fans.

    • I’m afraid you are right, Tim. It looks like Jimi will check out the world that lies behind the garden. I think I’ll keep him inside the next months and train him to wear a leash/harness.

  2. Of course, here in the U.S. most people keep their cats indoors. We have a catio for ours. Maybe you need to think about a leash and harness. Super cute photos, especially of Jimi. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

    • I tried a leash/harness but Jimi didn’t liked it at all. Maybe I should train him to wear one… But it’s probably better and safer to keep Jimi indoors.

  3. Congratulations on Jimi, Herman. ❤ I find that if my cats are kept strictly inside, they stop asking to go out. The world is not a safe place for small animals, no matter how clever they are. That's just my take on it.
    I've seen cats "harness trained". That probably has to begin early and be regularly kept up. (I say the part about keeping it up, because I once had a cat who loved to ride in the car, sitting on my shoulder. Then, unthinking, I went a week without taking her in the car, and she was afraid of it, like most any other cat.) Hugs on the wing.

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment, Teagan! Mr. Bowie loved his walks on a leash/harness before there was a fence in the garden. Jimi didn’t like wearing a harness, maybe I should train him a little bit more to get used to it…
      But meanwhile I’ll keep Jimi inside because it looks like he wants to discover the world behind the garden…

  4. Herman, as others have already stated, perhaps you need to try a leash and harness or have an outside enclosure that keeps him from climbing. Gibbs has always had a climbing desire – the higher, the better! Thankfully, the cat tree seems to satisfy that desire.

    • Hi Mary. Jimi didn’t like wearing a leash/harness. I think I’m going to keep him inside the next weeks/months. I’m afraid he’ll always try to get out of the garden… Mr. Bowie never tried to escape or climb into a tree.

      • Cats are so different. How is it going. Sometimes a cat could “not like” a harness and leash because he needs to get used to it – perhaps? He might end up liking it once he realizes that is the only way he is going to be able to go outside?

        • I’m going to keep him inside for a few weeks/months. Meanwhile I’ll try out his harness so he can get used to it. But I don’t mind if he wants to stay inside in the future. Although it’s also fun to have breakfast outside in the summer in the company of your cat.

  5. Oh my….well that big dog next door would be a BIG problem – also you don’t want Jimi maybe taking a fall from the big and most beautiful trees in your backyard either. You know Sammy and now Teddy both used leash/harness – Sammy from a kitten, but Teddy was almost a year old when we put the harness on him and he had no problem with it. One of us is always with him outside – we have foxes in our woods and he never goes out alone. A catio would be ideal for you – an enclosure for him outside but NOT requiring you to be at the end of a leash with him. There are some beautiful designs for them too……Jimi looks wonderful and happy.

    Hugs, Pam

    • Hi Pam. Mr. Bowie loved to go walking on a leash/harness before there was a fence around my garden. He never tried to escape afterwards and he never climbed into a tree.
      Jimi didn’t like wearing a leash/harness. Maybe I should train him the next weeks/months so he get used to it. In the meantime I think it’s safer to keep him inside the next weeks/months…

    • I’m going to give it another try with wearing a leash/harness. For the moment Jimi doesn’t like it much. Mr. Bowie loved walking around on a leash before there was a fence around the garden. He never tried to escape…

  6. Jimi looks beautiful! Those active young cats want to explore and can get themselves into trouble; hopefully something will work out to keep him safe. What a cute picture of the Maltese dogs!

    • Glad you liked the post and the photographs! Thank you!
      I’m going to keep Jimi inside the next weeks/months and let him get used to wearing a leash/harness. He had a great time outside but I’m afraid he wants to know what lies behind the garden…

    • You are right, David. I’m having strong thoughts of keeping Jimi inside. I’m sure he’ll try to escape out of the garden…

  7. What a brave little explorer! Looks like he’s doing very well. Have you thought of leashing and a harness for outside exploring? We did that for our old boy before he passed away. He seemed to really enjoy it.

    • Jimi didn’t like wearing a leash/harness. But I’ve only tried it once. Maybe I should learn him to get used to it…
      You could see how he was enjoying walking around and checking out the garden!

  8. I think you’re smart to keep Jimi in for some training Herman. Some kitties just have the need to roam, especially if Jimi was used to that before he was rescued. My two yo-yo’s both rescued cats, are now strictly inside. I’ve thought about a harness, but once introduced, I knew Blossom would always be at the door meowing for outside. Good luck my friend. Your garden is so perfect, I hope once trained for a harness, you can both enjoy the outdoors together xK

    • I think you are so right, Kelly. It looks like Jimi needs extra training time during the winter months so he’ll be ready to explore the garden in the spring (on a leash). For now it’s much safer to keep the little boy inside…

    • Thank you so much for the link! Mr. Bowie liked walking around in a harness (from day one) before there was a fence around my garden. Jimi didn’t like it. Guess I’ll have to train the little guy…

    • Thank you so much! For the moment I’ll keep Jimi inside. It’s possible that I’ll train him to get used wearing a leash/harness.

    • Especially the young ones, like Jimi… Mr. Bowie enjoyed being outside but he never tried to escape. I’m afraid Jimi wants to explore the world outside my garden too…

  9. Jimi seems to be very adventurous, but for sure you don’t want him to be chased as a terrorist in the dark tunnel, by this mean dog. I think too, that its best to keep him indoors for a while, is Jimi in his teenager years? If he likes to eat grass from outdoors, I would get some wheatgrass either from the store or grow it yourself. Paws crossed for Jimi and you.

    • Hi Cornelia. You are right, it’s better to keep Jimi inside for some weeks/months. He’s still a young cat (1 year old) and he’s full of life. Mr. Bowie never tried to escape, he just liked to be outside in the garden and didn’t care what was behind the fence. I’m sure Jimi would disappear very soon to check out what lies behind the fence…
      Guess I’ll have to buy some extra toys to keep him busy indoors!

        • Cats love to go outside. I’m going to keep Jimi inside for a few more weeks or months. But I’m going to give it another try in spring for sure.

  10. It sounds like curious Jimi may need a catio with a roof, Herman. A winter project that will require a lot of chocolate and espresso. 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend coming up. Mr Nano and crew send their best to you and Jimi.

    • Hi Lavinia. It looks like Jimi will have to stay indoors the next weeks/months. Maybe he’ll be trained to get used to wearing a leash/harness. Or maybe I’m just going to keep him indoors, I don’t know… Mr. Bowie never tried to escape, he was having a great time in the garden. But Jimi is a young fellow, full of life and looking for exciting adventures…

      Wishing you a great weekend, my dear friend! Jimi sends his regards to Mr. Nano and the crew!

  11. Die Jimi toch, gelukkig komt de winter eraan en zijn poesjes toch liever binnen. Dan heeft hij nog wat tijd om aan alles te wennen.
    Zo lief dat Kito en Haze op de blog komen ❤ .

    • Hij zit intussen al 2 voormiddagen te miauwen aan de keukendeur om buiten te mogen. Voorlopig blijft hij toch binnen. Misschien probeer ik hem nog eens te trainen om aan de lijn naar buiten te gaan…
      Graag gedaan i.v.m. Kito en Haze, altijd leuk om nieuwe vriendjes op de blog te hebben!

  12. What a nice thing for sweet Jimi! I’m sure it’s exciting for him to explore the garden. But I would be worried, just like you. Maybe you can sort something out with the tree? Like, some kind of barrier that prevents him from climbing the tree? There’s all kinds of things nowadays that can be done. People come up with all sorts of ideas to keep their kitties within their own gardens and it helps to look around online. I hope you’re doing well and Jimi too! Love the photos! Sending big hugs from us all 🐾

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment, Natascha. I’m going to look in to this problem. I’m sure I’ll find a good solution so we both can have a great time outside in the garden.
      Glad you liked the photographs!

    • Thank you for this information, Marketa. I found such stuff online already. I’m going to check out some local gardening shops in my neighbourhood next week. It would be great to let Jimi enjoy the garden in a safe way…

    • Jimi’s so full of life, he can’t stop playing or leave me alone for 15 minutes… But he’s such a sweet boy and I love his company. So happy he came in to my life…
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Christine!

  13. I see others suggested a harness and leash. You have an adventure boy there! There’s no way to get him out of a tree once he’s up high, so good luck! They are all so different from each other.

    • I found some devices and tools to prevent a cat from climbing in to a tree. But I got 12 trees… and some of them are difficult to reach (for a human). Guess I’m going to wait for a while and see what happens in the future. Maybe Jimi will be happy inside the garden, just like Mr. Bowie? In 10 years time, Bowie never tried to escape.
      Thank you so much for the tweet about this post!

    • Hi Julie. Jimi is so full of life and energy… For the moment I’m going to keep him inside for a few more weeks or months. But it would be fun to keep each other company in the garden next spring and summer…

  14. Jimi looks like a very curious kitty, Herman, I’m afraid you’ll be right, so I would be sure to let him stay inside. Granny was very releaved when I didn’t…couldn’t climb the fence anymore, like I used to do in our previous garden, it’s to dangerous with doggies or other animals like that. She also made sure that I couldn’t get out at the bottom of the fence and I got used to it very quick..I had no choise…MOL😸Pawkisses for a Happy Wednesday🐾😽💞

    Btw the picture of the doggies is very cute, I’m sure Jimi will be furriends, after all it’s from a distance, right 😉

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment! Maybe I’m going to give it another try with Jimi wearing a harness (but he doesn’t like that…). It would be great if he stayed inside the garden. Mr. Bowie never tried to escape and was happy hanging around in the garden. But for the moment I’m going to keep Jimi inside for some weeks/months, just to be sure he’s safe.

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