I’ve always been a cat lover and we’ve usually had cats although our last one passed away over a year ago. Most of them have been indoor/outdoor types, the kind of cats that you let out the door and hope to see them back sometime. Usually if you haven’t seen them around for a few days the chance of ever seeing them again is minimal. Some cats take to the outdoors and some would rather stay inside. Our last cat was the most loving cat we ever had but rarely liked to go outside and lived a long time before passing away from diabetes.
A couple of days ago I came across a cat in the raspberry patch when I was collecting berries for breakfast. We scared each other pretty bad and the cat jumped into the blackberry bushes unbelievably fast. I have compassion for an animal moving that quickly through the thorny bushes since our elderly dog has gotten so senile that if left by herself she will get caught in the bushes and makes sounds of distress and require rescuing. We can no longer leave her in the backyard. After seeing the cat climbing through the thorny bush at high speed, I’m wondering if the cat had ever experienced such a bush but I went about my business figuring the cat was fine and would eventually go home.
Later that day I heard the neighbor calling, “Rino, Rino, here kitty…”. I figured the cat I saw was Rino beings how he seemed a bit out of sorts. 😀 I talked to the neighbor about it and soon concluded that the cat was indeed probably Rino. We all went looking in the blackberry patch but Rino was nowhere to be seen. I watched the neighbor wandering around calling the cat the rest of the day. I come to find out that this was the first time he had ever been “out” having found his escape through a unsecured window screen.
The neighbor was saying that, “Rino must be terrified” and I felt pretty sure that he was. But I thought to myself what an experience he must be having. Imagine spending your entire life in one reality then suddenly being in an entirely different reality. One filled with a multitude of new things. Strange smells, birds, bushes, rabbits, rats, deer, clouds, breezes, golden sunsets… All the things that go bump in the night and DOGS.
We have two dogs, so five o’clock in the morning I hear a great barking and going out in the yard I notice Rino has been cornered under the porch and my lead hound is defending the castle against the dark forces of kitty. 😀 😀 😀
I wait until a more appropriate time in the morning and call the neighbor over to retrieve her cat. I’d have probably left the cat under there for awhile and waited to see if it came out by itself but thats partially because the older dog is kind of trained to relieve herself on the porch and it all falls down between the boards, plus there’s other critters living under there I’ve been trying to trap out. (I was kind of hoping they would leave the cat there for a bit to help with that problem).
In any case the neighbor’s daughter very courageously crawled under the porch to get the cat out. I’m kind of glad my wife wasn’t home at the time or I’d probably be the one crawling under there. 😀
They were so happy and relieved to get the cat back and I was happy too. I remembered so fondly our last cat Missy and how she would come over to me each morning and sit curled in my lap purring while I enjoyed my morning coffee. I looked around at our beautiful neighborhood and enjoyed the sun in my eyes.