September 08, 2008
We'll never know
Ten days ago, one of our cats disappeared.
Emmy is a grey striped cat with a distinctive appearance. She has triple the body weight of any of our other cats, even though she has a small frame. One of her eyes is always dilated, while the other is not. With her small head and large body, she looks like a cat in a Far Side cartoon.
She's lived with us for nine years, and she is Film Guy's favorite. Not an active cat, she could almost always be found on the couch, sitting comfortably with family members, rolling over and purring as someone would pet her. She has this strange reaction: if you pet her in a certain spot, she will always turn and lick herself. She does this on cue, like a wind-up toy.
She disappeared, and we searched the house and garage and yard, and found her nowhere. She likes to be indoors, and she's not a wanderer, so her disappearance made no sense. We thought she was dead. We figured maybe she'd gone into the woods to die, like cats often do. Or perhaps a predator had picked her off. After about a week, I put away one of the cat bowls, figuring we only had five cats now.
Then today, at the back door, I saw a grey head. It was Emmy, waiting to come in. She rushed to a cat bowl and began eating ravenously. I opened a can of food, and she ate the whole thing. She had lost weight, and she had a big bare spot on her side, with some scratch marks, almost as if she'd been trapped and had been rubbing against something to get free. But otherwise, she looked okay. She purred as I brushed the matted fur and mud off the top of her, the spots where she can't reach.
I sent a text message to Beautiful Smart Wonderful Daughter, and she told Film Guy and Red-haired Niece. I called Boy in Black on his cell phone, and he told First Extra. I called my mother. Shaggy Hair Boy called Skater Boy and Quick. With-a-Why sat next to Emmy on the couch and petted her while the rest of us spread the news.
The cat we thought was dead has turned up alive.
Where was she all that time? We'll probably never know.
Posted by jo(e)