The last few weeks I have experimented with expanding Dorothy’s daytime parameters a bit. In the mornings she becomes free range Dorothy, and when I leave for work I do not put her in her crate.
The first morning I did this I was greeted by both cats when I got home at noon. They were meowing and seemed agitated, and both let me know that there was something I forgot to do, ahem, cough, someone I forgot to lock up.
And Dorothy herself seemed very glad to see me. She gave me a fine wiggly greeting, which she usually does not do when I let her out of the crate.
But I’ve continued to leave her out after that day, and all has gone well. One of the reasons why I chose the morning is because I know she pretty much sleeps soundly for those three hours. I’m still putting her in the crate for the afternoons. She’d be fine until around 4:00, I think, upon which she might try to get a cat to play tug of war with her stuffed toys or perhaps a game of chase.