I thought I’d have a very sad entry to post this week:

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But thank the gods, Cat appeared in our driveway today – raspy-voiced, slenderized, and full of atypical affection.

I don’t know exactly how long she had been missing; judging by her appearance and behavior she had a rough time while the rest of us were on vacation. We fed her tuna and petted her until her fur gave off sparks. Poor Cat.

I never knew how much I’d miss her. Now I do. She’s evil and obnoxious and loud and prone to stealth-barfing, but…god damn I’m glad she’s back.

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Leah
15 years ago

Phew.

I love sparking my cat in the dark too. I’ll spark her extra hard tonight.

justmouse
justmouse
15 years ago

oh my GOSH! i am so relieved Cat is safe. regardless of how unimaginably annoying our pets can be…they are still family, and we still love them. poor cat. just to show you how very glad she is to be back home, i imagine she is busily stealth-barfing tuna in all the closets this very minute!

sweetney
15 years ago

goddamn but i love a happy ending. woot!

Jem
Jem
15 years ago

Oh, poor Cat! I’m glad she’s okay.

karamarie
15 years ago

I love Cat so much. You’ll have to fatten her back up. I’m happy she’s back!

Ashlea
Ashlea
15 years ago

I bet she went looking for you ^-^ Yay for barf!

Teri M.
15 years ago

Awww! We recently had a scare with our Cat as well. Who looks eerily like your furbaby. (That picture is really freakin’ me out with the looky-alikeness.) When I woke up at 7am and realized the little @%$#&% hadn’t harrassed me to feed her at 5am, I panicked. We found her in the backyard. They’re pains, but we must lovethemandkissthemandhugthemandloooovethem. Glad all is well!!

Lesley
Lesley
15 years ago

Aw poor cat! What happened?

Carolyn J.
15 years ago

Poor girl. Our black cat accidentally found herself outside for a couple of days once, and I went to the pound to see if she’d showed up there. The number of black cats that looked like her in there was truly heartbreaking. Fortunately she has white toes in the back, so I can pick her out, but all those little scared lost black cats broke my heart. I hope Meerkat has the good sense to stay in from now on.

thejunebug
15 years ago

Aw, poor Cat! Slap a collar on that kitty with a name plate & telephone number! Maybe something evil with bats and spiders on it.

Holly
Holly
15 years ago

Holy shitola, that’s scary! Our dog is prone to running and that’s the scariest thing in the world not knowing if they can find their way back or if they will!

Luckily our cats are so house bound at this point that whenever they get outside on the porch they pretty much just look around, get freaked out and run straight back inside! Although we did have a pretty awesome day once when we first got them and we were living on the 3rd story of an apartment building in Bellevue and when my husband opened the slider to grab something off the porch he took an extra seconed too long and our boy cat ran straight out onto the deck and under the railing and fell 3 floors down onto concrete… He was Okay though, thank god! A little bruised up and freaked out, plus he bit through his tongue and twisted his ankle a little but he was okay all things considered!

I’m so glad for you that the Cat came back! What happened? Was someone supposed to be watching her? Scarrrry! -h

Gentry
15 years ago

Dude, Mimine the Fat French cat has been going awol too. Do you think it’s something in the air?

Jessie
15 years ago

So glad you found her. We once had a pet parakeet that I didn’t think I liked at all, but once he died I missed him a lot. I guess absence does make the heart grow fonder. Our cat ran away multiple times, but always made her way back home, which I am eternally thankful for.

jonniker
15 years ago

Oh my god. I know it’s so hard to love your cats the same way after you get a dog, then get a baby, because cats become just…cats. But gah, they’re family! And furry! And cute.

I’m so happy little Cat is back.

Jennifer
15 years ago

How did Cat escape/get lost? So happy to hear she has returned safely. When I was growing up, we had an indoor/outdoor cat that our whole family adored, and whenever we would go on vacation she would stay outside and the neighbors would feed her every day. When we came home, she’d take off for a day or two, up to a week, just to let us know how pissed she was that we left her (even though the neighbors would say she’d been around lounging on the porch all week). We were always frantic, trying to find her, even though she came home every time on her own.

NOw that I’m in the city, my cats are indoor only… and whenver one of them makes a break for it and runs away, I panic until I can safely recover them, even though I want to kill them sometimes for peeing on the rug and throwing up in the bed when I’m at work.

They own us. Cats are evil. But so lovable.

Beth
Beth
15 years ago

I highly recommend the little chip thingy the vet can slip under their skin. Kinda “Big Brother is Watching”, I know (Husband jokes that we should get one for our 12 month old before she turns 15). Some cats were designed to slip out of any collar made by man, this chip gets around that design flaw.

Niki P
Niki P
15 years ago

My cat would go off for week long treks and not tell us! Then she would come home- skinny- yowling and needing love. She would stay for a week and then BOOM she was gone again! Now she is fat and old and lazy and has all she can do to go to the chow bowl.
Glad Cat is safe.

Ang
Ang
15 years ago

Glad kitty came home!

Contrary
15 years ago

Oh man. We got back from vacation a couple weeks ago and our neighbor had been keeping an eye on our cats for us. They’re outside critters for the most part, and she made sure their bowls stayed full.

Upon getting home our two boy cats tackled us in the driveway and let us know how much they missed us. We didn’t see girl cat for 2 days. Eeek.

Then, we found her. Playing with a leaf on the front walk. Without a care in the world. Like we weren’t worrying our heads off. I don’t think she had realized we were home, because as soon as she saw us, she flung herself at us and proceeded to demand to sleep inside for the next 3 days. Which is something she only does when it’s cold outside.

Teenagers.

(I’m glad your baby is home safe!)

karamarie
15 years ago

I second the notion of putting your address/number on a collar. We did this for our fatty Jelly Roll, and in March he was returned to me by a slightly disgruntled woman who lived blocks away. But the collar, it worked. Thank goodness.

angela
angela
15 years ago

I’m so glad she came back, how scary.

I third the idea of either collar or microchip — or both. Some people don’t think to look for a microchip, and when adult animals end up at Animal Care and Control, they can sometimes be euthanized instantly if the shelter is very full. :(

angela
angela
15 years ago

Oh and sorry, I know this is alarmist, but I read this in a cat care book and it freaked me out… there is apparently an increase in the disappearance of pet cats around days observed by cults – and all-black or all-white cats are at higher risk for that (mine is all white). I don’t know what “days” those are when they should be kept inside (Halloween was mentioned, but other than that it’s very vague), and I doubt there are too many cults in your neighborhood, but, you never know. Pretty fucked up to think about.

MRW
MRW
15 years ago

I have to put in a vote for chipping your cat too. One of my cats has managed to get out of every single collar we’ve put him in (at last count, 6) so we finally chipped him. Now at least if he gets lost and taken to a shelter or vet they can scan him. Cats, they make you crazy, but you love them anyway.

Jaze
Jaze
15 years ago

That’s one good thing about my diva furball. I know she’ll never go wandering because she’s too much of a priss to even go outside at all. I mean come on…her paws might get dirty!

MATTY!
15 years ago

Ohh! I’m glad she’s back! I would just curl up and DIE if I lost my pussy!

Magpie
15 years ago

I second the recommendation for the microchip ID. Our little demon got chipped when I had to fly her cargo halfway across the country. She’s indoor-only and refuses to wear collars, so it’s good to know that if she ever got locked out, a vet or animal control could track down her home.

Kristin
15 years ago

I am not a cat person, in part because when their owners to die, they will happily munch on their decomposing corpses. Right? Wasn’t it you who informed me of that?

But, I am glad Cat is home and full of tuna because you love her and if that’s the case she must be allright.

Danell
15 years ago

Meercat? Your cat’s name is Meercat? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Very cute.

Amy
Amy
15 years ago

I am not a cat person, in part because when their owners to die, they will happily munch on their decomposing corpses.>>

I think that’s a myth, but dogs *will* chomp a person’s face off when they’re alive. which one’s worse?

just representin’…

stephanie brown (alwaysworried)

dont ya hate how animals win your heart no matter how horrible their behavior is? :P
especially cats…sneaky sneaky animals.

Megan
15 years ago

I’m so glad Cat came home! Our cat vanished for 16 long days a couple of winters ago. We put posters all around the neighbourhood but we’d almost given up hope when someone called to say they’d seen her in their backyard. We eventually found her huddled under someone else’s back deck and we had to drag her out. I think she enjoyed her time as a “wild” cat but she was happy to get home and eat from her dish.

Stormy
Stormy
15 years ago

i’m so glad Cat is back. my beloved ugly but always beautiful to me, dog, went out for a pee on April 13th and we haven’t seen her since. it’s the “not knowing” that kills us. i miss her. so. much.

mrsgryphon
mrsgryphon
15 years ago

my heart skipped a beat for you when I saw the image pop up… before reading the happy ending! Our Juno almost got hit by a car yesterday WHILE WE WERE STANDING ON THE SIDEWALK. Gah. Silly kitties, but it’s hard not to love them!! Glad Cat is back :)