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Clever Cat Lets Mom Back Inside House After She Locks Herself Out

“I kept tapping on the window and pointing to the door handle."

Claire Paynter was in and out of her house doing chores all day, and at one point when she went to go back inside, the door handle fell off right in her hands. Unable to open the door without it, she frantically tried to figure out a way to break into her own house, when her cat Gingee came up to the door. 

Gingee was meowing through the glass, trying to figure out why his mom wouldn’t just come inside already, and that’s when Paynter had a crazy thought: She decided to see if she could get Gingee to open the door

“I wasn’t really expecting it to work,” Paynter told The Dodo.

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Claire Paynter

Paynter tapped on the window, and Gingee was immediately curious. He hopped up onto the washing machine, which was level with the door handle, and Paynter knew this was her chance to try and get him to let her in. 

“I kept tapping on the window and pointing to the door handle,” Paynter said. 

cat opens door
Claire Paynter

Paynter tapped and tapped, trying to get Gingee to understand. It took around 10 minutes of constant tapping and explaining … 

cat opens door
Claire Paynter

… but finally, Gingee understood what his mom wanted him to do. He reached out with his paws and grabbed onto the handle, opening the door and finally letting his mom back inside. 

cat opens door
Claire Paynter

Paynter was so proud of Gingee for helping her get inside and thrilled that her crazy plan actually worked — but she also hoped she hadn’t accidentally created a problem. 

“Now I’ll have to make sure he doesn’t let anyone else in,” Paynter said.