Boots can go outside during the day. I let her out in the morning and she's back in a few minutes. I think she just potties. It makes her happier. I also usually let her out when I get home from work, and she's back just as quick. That said, she doesn't go outside at night/in the dark. She knows that, she's never tried to get out past me.
But my roommate is... aloof, to put it nicely. Everything in her life is met with a fair amount of airiness. She knows Boots doesn't go out at night. Boots has gotten past her before. Instead of being aware that she will try to dart past her, she just dilly dallies with the door open coming in. Once is a mistake. Two times, okay, get it together. But the third? How hard is it to come in and shut the door? Then she tries to call her like a dog. Literally, "Boots, come!" Guess how successful that is?
Boots is a scaredy cat. If you open the door and wave your foot at her, she won't come near you. She's never gotten past me in, oh, 5-6 years. She was semi-feral when I found her. It took me a year to make friends with her. Five years later, she still doesn't like fast movements, doesn't like to be cuddled with, doesn't like to be picked up, everything has to be on HER terms and she's flighty at best. That means you can't rush out the door after her and try to pick her up without freaking her out. Boots' neurosis is not lost on the roommate, so why she tries to rush and grab her once she's already outside is beyond me.
Looks like I will have to explain to roommate again about how to deal with Boots and this issue. Especially since this happens when I am already in bed and do not want to go outside and shoo away the cat she's yeowling at so she can come back in.
I'm over roommates. I don't want to deal with anyone else's mistakes anymore. Le sigh.