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Poll #1011420 This is the SO's version, as it's a debate how to handle this, and he didn't like my poll...

Friends are coming to visit. They have 2 kids, age 7 & 10. I am worried that they might forget and let our indoor-only cats out, because their cats are outdoors only. Which do you think is the right choice?

Put small signs by the doors to remind them
Tell them when they get here, keep an eye out.
Other suggestion (in replies)

He thinks signs would be insulting, like "Don't Let the Cats Out!"

But on more discussion, "maybe a happy little kitty picture with the words 'Look Out for Cats!." ?? I think it's more effective if it's to the point.
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gabilady From: gabilady Date: June 28th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I like the suggestion in the first one about telling them and then reminding them when they go in and out....but, if they show concern about the cats getting out, I wouldn't remind them every time...jsut the first few.
queenydiva From: queenydiva Date: June 28th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)
When the kids get there, tell them you're giving them one big responsibility while they're visiting: they're in charge of making sure the cats don't get out. You could even promise them a small treat if the cats son't get out while they're visiting. Kids that age understand treats better than they read, understand and follow signs. :)
rae_1985 From: rae_1985 Date: June 28th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
You could always do both. Tell them when they get there, and then put the signs up as a reminder. A picture of a cat with "Please look out for our cats" at kid height wouldn't be insulting. That way the parents know it's a reminder for the kids and not necessarily for them.
gaedhal From: gaedhal Date: June 28th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Not to scare you, but my sister lost one of her cats this way.
Visiting kids, opened door, cat out, cat defunct in the road.
And the parents, frankly, didn't think the kids did anything
at all, even though they were told NOT to let any animals
outside. They did anyway. And they were around 7 or 8, old
enough to know better, you'd think. My sister is no longer
friends with these people, but it's too late for the poor

My 9 year old niece knows not to let any animals out, but
she lives there and knows she doesn't want them hurt or
lost. Strange kids? I wouldn't trust them at all. Maybe
that's my paranoia, but I wouldn't.
quinn222 From: quinn222 Date: June 28th, 2007 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
You didn't give the option of 'both' which is what I'd do.
lexii314 From: lexii314 Date: June 28th, 2007 10:16 am (UTC) (Link)


There is no such thing as insulting people when it comes to them taking care of your babies. I have 3 cats. I completely understand. Two of them are de-clawed and I would rather be safe then sorry. Do both.
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