In the time the cats have been going outside, which is almost eighteen months now, Toppy has never used the catflap. He watches Bunty come and go daily but he has always insisted on waiting outside until one of his slaves appears to open the door to let him in. That is, until about three weeks ago, when, for some reason, he decided to take the plunge, hold his tummy in and wriggle through the catflap (unlike Bunty who flies through it sometimes without touching the sides)....and he's been doing it ever since. My theory is its because we now have a cockerel living in one of the gardens at the bottom of ours who kicks up an endless racket at various times during the day and you can tell from Toppy's 'on high alert' manner when I let him out early in the morning, as he's never heard anything like it before, he doesn't know what it is or like it. So, I think at some point its scared him and he's just wanted to get back to the safety indoors. Of course, he will still take advantage if either OH or I are near the catflap to save him the effort but, earlier this afternoon, I was ironing and he came up to the door, saw I was there, but I was adamant I wasn't going to open it for him. He kept sticking his nose on the glass, then sitting down and waiting, sticking his nose on the glass again while I was shouting "Toppeee, come through the flap". After about ten minutes, he got the message that I wasn't going to oblige and so in he came all by himself. For that he got treats and a chicken succeeds where I have failed. "What programme shall we watch on TV? Anything but Chicken Run"