Even though we still have one section of netting still to put up (we ran out both of cable ties and time yesterday), I decided to let Gabriel out this morning to test our cat containment system. At first, he wandered around the yard a bit, then decided that he wanted to jump the back gate. He started out by sniffing at the new concrete under the gate, realizing that he couldn't slip under the bar anymore. Then, he positioned himself to jump over the top, and seemed a little puzzled and perplexed by the netting, unsure of where to jump. Finally he decided to just go for it, and as soon as he touched the netting he sprang back into the yard, and decided he didn't want to try that again. All seemed well and good for a time; he didn't test any of the other netting, or try to get out over the parts that we haven't finished yet. But then, he breaks into a run from about 100 feet away, and without slowing down, vanishes through a hole in the ivy I didn't even know was there. I never would have thought he could have gotten through that thick tangle of foliage on the west fence.
Well, what it means is that I'm going to have to completely cut back all the ivy and other plants along the west fence, and order more stanchions and netting to cover that side of the yard. *sigh* And, it means that the kitties are going to have to wait another couple weeks before we're willing to let them out unsupervised. That's the way it goes!
(Gabriel did come back a short while later, btw, and we snagged him and brought him back inside.)