Widget got to explore the hallway today!
I was going to try and encourage the 'we only carry her across the threshold rule', but she was too nervous of the hallway and wanted to run back into the apartment.
So I sat at the doorway and lured her out with her favourite toy (treats, apparently are useless when she's nervous, she responds better to pets and vocal reassurance). In sort of a blessing and a curse, our apartment is right down a small hallway to the outdoors. This means I don't have to walk her all the way through the building to get her out (eventually), but it also means we're in a high traffic area. She would bolt back into the apartment everytime someone came through, but since she couldn't go too far because of the leash, I would just calm her and pet her when the strangers walked past (always smiling at her, lots of well wishes from my neighbours). Then she'd be lured out for more.
Overall, she did good. Played in the hallway, explored up ONE step. And around a different corner a bit. She was curious but nervous.
I want to get a second hand backpack and rig up a hard top to it, so she has a perch, and a safe place to go. Then teach her that she can climb it and jump up.
An ongoing adventure!
From now on, I'm only going to put on the harness if I'm taking her 'out'. #catsofinstagram #widgetthefidget #widget #widgetthecat #rescuecat #gingercat #formerferal