Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Case of the (Apparently) Missing Cat

I didn't do great while Alex was away on his business trip. My kids were mostly clothed and fed, but there was at least one morning when their hair and teeth didn't get brushed. Then there is the fact that I didn't heat the house for my kids for three days. But maybe the biggest Stimey failure from early this week is that I almost killed one of my cats.

You may know about my secret closet. The door to that closet gets opened occasionally. I think it's possible that I may have opened it the day before yesterday. I hope I did, because if not, the cat that I found in there yesterday had been missing for a while.

Because I'm so on top of my game, I didn't even notice she was gone. Please don't call the humane society.

I opened the door yesterday to deposit a package that had come in the mail. When I opened the door, the first thing my eyes fell upon was cat poop.

"That shouldn't be," I thought to myself. Barely a minute, minute and a half later, I'd figured out that if there is cat poop in the closet, there must be a cat as well. I am so smart.

Sure enough, there was a sad looking cat in there. I opened the door wide and she streaked out. I'm guessing that she had been in there for less than 24 hours, but more than 15. And good cat that she was, she'd even peed in some boxes I had stacked in there so there wasn't even cat pee on the floor. And she was polite enough to not meow for attention.

It's nice to know that I'm so aware that if one of the living creatures in my home disappears for an entire day I may not notice. Thank God the children are so loud.

I am a monster.

14 comments:

  1. Oh please, that cat is playing you.

    xoxo, SG

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  2. Oh, no! Well, all I can say is that your cat and mine must be related, because they obviously have the same 'let's get in this weird space, what's the worst that could happen!?' gene. If she had been in there too long, you would have known. Cats are not THAT polite. In fact, since mine is back, she MEOWS about EVERYTHING. As in, get your ass over here, woman, I want CHOW. NOW!

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  3. I have closed my cat in the linen closet for hours before. They get over it. Although my cat MEOWED like it was her job when she was stuck in there.

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  4. Heh heh heh. Just wait; the cat is plotting it's revenge...

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  5. Poor kitty. Once when I was twelve I was supposed to cat sit for a family that went out of town for a long weekend. And I forgot about it for two days. I nearly had a heart attack when I finally remembered and I carry the guilt with me to this day. (The cats were fine - but obviously very hungry since they treated me like I was the fairy godmother of cats when I arrived. This pnly added to my sense of self loathing.)

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  6. Ha. When I was a kid, we lost our cat. After spending hours putting up lost pet signs all over the neighborhood, my sister found her trapped in a dresser drawer.

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  7. I thought I would be the one to do that to her. I am sure she is fine. Perhaps pissed off, but fine. YM

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  8. my kids have often had days where i didn't brush their hair or their teeth and my husband was home. I would say that you did a great job (they are still breathing, aren't they?)

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  9. Okay, you locked her in the closet and didnt' know she was missing. It could have been worse. It could have been one of your kids.

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  10. If you only knew how many times my poor cat accidentally spent the night shut in the storage room, spare bedroom, etc......

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  11. Oh Stimey honey - you're not a monster. You're not. You can feel sad and bad and mad, but just because the cat accidentally shut herself in there doesn't make you a monster. It's so hard when DH goes away - I feel like we barely keep up with the volume of day to day chores and when he's gone it's just overwhelming. THANK GOD I didn't have random unprotected sex before I got married cause there is no way I could handle being a single mom! Be more gentle with yourself! That's an order!

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  12. I locked one of my cats in a cabinet that had a child-proof lock on it. Poor kitty couldn't just push it open. I think she might have been in there for several hours. Mostly though, if I don't see one of my cats for a few hours I am highly suspicious because I am the most favored human in the house. They tend to congregate wherever I am. So yeah, you are a monster. Just like every other person who owns one of those sneaky creatures!

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  13. They do find the darndest places to hide at times, huh? lol

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  14. One time I shut both of my cats in the downstairs bedroom to accept the delivery of a large package.

    The next morning I remembered to let them out.

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