Some time on Wednesday our cat went missing. Daisy is a totally indoor cat, except for the one other time two or three years ago that she got out and was lost for 48 hours. That time she somehow turned up, meowing, in our garage on the second night.
After that incident, I got her a tag with her name and phone number. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that her collar was off. The kids take it off from time to time to brush her or whatever, but nobody owned up to it this time, and the collar never turned up and I kind of forgot about it. So, at the time of her disappearance, Daisy was collarless.
Wednesday after school, which was shortly after we discovered she was gone, the children printed up and passed out flyers, and we scoured the neighborhood. Nothing. The past two nights, one or more of my kids have cried themselves to sleep.
Last night at about 4 am, I heard meowing from my third floor window (our house is really just two floors, but we have a walk-out basement, so at the back it’s like three). I don’t know if I was already awake, or if the sound woke me.
Craig ran outside and spotted her across the street in the neighbor’s yard. But instead of running to him, she ran away, behind the houses into the thick brush.
For the next hour and a half or more, Craig, Firstborn, and I (but mostly them) climbed through bush and branch, catching a sight of her here and hearing her meow there. However, she eluded
us them. (She still has her front claws, so thankfully, she is not defenseless.)
Now, I should explain that she is not an affectionate cat. She spends most of her day sleeping on the hamper. She hisses at strangers. She doesn’t particularly like to be petted. She doesn’t really like any kind of cat toys, even catnip. I’m kind of wondering if she really wants to come home.
The kids love her, though, and at night she sleeps on Pinkerbelle's bed. We looked again this morning and found nothing. I guess we’ll go back out after dark when her nocturnal instincts have kicked into gear. We know she’s out there. Stubborn cat.