Thursday, July 8, 2021

That Cat

 Sunday, when I came back from camp, I was carrying stuff from the car back into the house. I left the door to the mudroom open, and the door into the house open as well. 

I hauled a load of dirty laundry to the hamper in the bathroom. When I walked back into the kitchen, I was surprised to see one of my little cat friends sitting politely on the mudroom carpet. 

"Hello," I said, 

He stared at me. Then he looked pointedly at the bag of cat food sitting next to him. 

We'd been away for three days, so it was logical. "Are you hungry?" I asked. 

He watched me approach and pick up the cat food and then turned and headed out the door. I gave him food and fresh water in my Paddy's old bowls. 

He ate daintily. 

I returned to what I was doing. Later I saw him watching me from the corner of the house. 

Later, when I was doing the laundry, I looked at a couple bathroom rugs. The edges had disintegrated in the wash, and I'd replaced them. I hate to waste anything so they sat on the dryer waiting for me to decide what to do with them. 

I decided. 

I took a tub to the protected stairwell to the upstairs balcony and made him a little cat bed where he could keep out of the rain. 

I swear to you. I will not have another indoor pet. 


Andrew said...

It was a dark and stormy night with the wind blowing the rain sidewards. The poor cat on the balcony was saturated and his rugs were sodden. Although he did not belong to the house residents, they took pity on him and let him come inside and they all lived happily for ever after.

JayCee said...

Inch by inch....

Kelly said...

Yes to the above comments. What's his name?

Anvilcloud said...

I hope you change your mind.

northsider said...

Catbed would be a good name for your new feline friend.

Jennifer said...

Mmmm hmmm. Sure. Okay. :)

Pixie said...

Sure you won't.

Joanne Noragon said...

It sounds like a decent arrangement. The cat doesn't think he lives indoor, just that sometimes he must come in and inquire to meal time.

sparklingmerlot said...

I don't think you have a say in this!

jeanie said...

Sounds like a cat has a new person :D

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