This week has definitely not gone as I planned! Of course I already posted about the flu that took me down, but no sooner had I uploaded that adorable picture (seriously, look how sweet my cuddly cat is!) than something even worse happens – that cute, lover of a cat disappeared! One minute he was cozying up with me, keeping my toes warm, next minute both cats are gone!
The door had accidently been left baaaarely ajar and the cats finally noticed it right before my hubs got home. Ozzie (the orange cat) is quite timid in new situations, so he will only go about 5 feet from the house before running back in terror – so its not too worrisome when he gets out. But Vander (the cuddler in that picture) fancies himself an adventurer. So even though we were out looking for him within 15 minutes of the escape, he was nowhere near ready to come inside! No way was he going to respond to our slightly frantic calls or let us know where he was hiding. It was adventure time.
Fast forward to the next day. I have spent most of the day worrying about my little kitty, making any excuse to go outside and call for him –the only response I got was the barking of the neighbor dogs. I even made a last ditch effort (and looked like quite a fool I’m sure) of walking all around neighborhood as the sun went down, shaking a canister of food and calling him in my silly high-pitched cat-calling voice! By the time the sun went down (and I heard the coyotes howling in the not too far off distance) I dissolved into tears, knowing that my sweet little indoor kitty couldn’t make it another night out there.
But when the hubs came home, I convinced him to come with me for one more search before bed. We passed the neighbor taking his dogs out on a walk as we began the search. I headed towards the front, the hubs to the back. Suddenly I heard him excitedly shout my name and then the happiest sound I could have heard – a loud, unmistakable meow repeating from the back. I tore back there to find my sweet little boy stuck in the neighbors dog kennel! No wonder the dogs were barking at me earlier and no wonder the cat didn’t respond during the day!
He came inside and acted completely nonchalant about being home again, while I couldn’t help but pour over every little thing he did. “Ooh look how cute he is cleaning himself!” “Ooh he just flopped down under the tree like he belongs there!” “Ooh look -he wants me to pet him!” Seriously, it was a bit pathetic! But my heart is just so happy having him home – we are complete again! Call me a crazy cat lady if you will, I don’t mind! Other pet owners understand… right?!
And since all that excitement, today my little adventurer has been really busy:
Welcome Home Vandy!