About a month ago we started crating him at night to combat his nocturnal wanderings. Now we can sleep! At first he whined but now he's come to like his pen. He climbs right in at night, no protest, but in the morning when I open the zipper a he sticks his head out before I can get it open. I need a picture of that.
We take him out to explore the yard a few times per week so he'll at least know his surroundings when he finally escapes through doggie door. He's never gotten on top of the masonry walls so he's safe in the confines of 4600, for now. I know he'll learn to scale that wall someday and his world will get much bigger. He may join the Alley Cat Gang. I just hope he knows his surroundings well enough to find his way home.
Between birds, lizards and insects there's plenty of prey in our small city yard. Chirping birds drive him nuts. Every morning after breakfast he takes his perch on the head board of our master bed, which is under a window. This requires him standing on my or Cheryl's pillow, paws on head board, neck stretched between vertical blinds. He watches the tree outside the window hissing and meowing at the birds. He'll do this for hours.
During his outdoor adventures he's attempted at climb the tree near my garden .... we finally let him go up this weekend. It's not a big tree but I don't care to have him stuck up top. I've already devised a tree-cat-extraction-technique in case he gets stranded. I will leave that a mystery until the day he needs a rescue. He won't like my plan. It was good to see him climb up and down the tree today, except for his using my basil as a soft landing pad. He has mad tree skills for a newbie.
Today I witnessed what I will call a predator cackle. Max saw a lizard on the tree, stared at it, poised to jump, opened his mouth in a wierd manner and let out a cackle. ..... and up the tree he went. The lizard ran off. The cat cackled at flying insects also. As the sun went down our neighbor's tree filled with chirping birds. Max climbed our tree, stared at the other tree over the wall making that same noise. Cheryl says the cackle is common.