Missing: Cat Who Thinks He's A Dog - He Steals, Bites and Has An Attitude. Reward: Whatever He Has In His Stash Of Stolen Money


One morning last week I couldn't find Jack.  This is odd because #1, Jack is always, ALWAYS in the middle of everything and #2, our house is small.  You couldn't lose anything in our house except perhaps your mind.  And, apparently, Jack.

I've managed to lose Jack 3 times before, making me slightly stressed.  The first time was one evening not too long after we adopted him.  I had come in with the dogs from the pouring rain and Jack, who thinks he should have a leash and collar too, always greets us.  He greeted us when we came in but somehow must have weaved himself between my legs without me noticing and had escaped right out the door.  When I realized he was missing I looked everywhere, calling him, shaking the dog treat jar {he doesn't eat cat treats}, but nothing brought him to me.  Then, on a whim, I opened the back door and lo and behold there he was.  Soaking wet and mad as can be.  Wrong night to finally escape.

The next time was one evening that I realized I hadn't seen him for some time.  This is unusual because Jack helps with everything.  I called out - nothing.  His cry is extremely quiet making it even more difficult to find him.  Even his stress cry is quiet.  I looked and looked then finally realized I had opened the craft room door earlier, so I looked there.  He was sitting on the floor staring at the door.  When I opened it he stretched as if he was bored or exhausted from the whole event.

And the third time he got himself locked in the trash can cabinet.  I had taken the can out so I could take out the trash bag.  When I came back in the house I got busy cleaning.  Every once and a while I could hear a very faint cat cry which would make Oliver bark.  I walked all around the house, outside the house, upstairs, downstairs, basement, etc.  I couldn't find Jack.  When I finally realized the trash cabinet was closed and opened it, he jumped out as if it were a perfectly normal place to be.  For him I guess it is.

So last week I checked all the above places and couldn't find him.  I called his name, I shook the dog treat jar, I squeaked his dog toy fish that he loves so much - nothing.  Finally, on my third trip upstairs, I turned around to see him coming up behind me, anxious to find out what we were looking for.  He had no idea he was missing and I have no idea where he was.

I guess since he found himself he gets to keep the reward.

17 comments:

Kimberly Morris said...

I found my cat, Flip, sitting inside my closed washing machine on top of a load of towels. I shudder to think what might have happened if I hadn't decided to add one more towel to the load before starting the machine. No idea how he got in there without me noticing. He's a nosy little guy who like to be in the middle of everything.

Loretta Thomas said...

They are some annoying little flips!! I have a Tuxie who thinks she's better that human(Don't they all)HA! She can get so angry with me it makes me feel about as big as a pin head! Cats...who can know them! LOL!! Loved this post thanks for sharing it!
I have a cat blog Loretta's she spoke to me.blogspot.com if you'd like to meet her!

Reifyn said...

Once I had a roommate with a mini-pin. One day he had washed his bedding, including the pillow. Afterwards he couldn't find the pillow anywhere. In the end I found it: it was wedged between 2 of the "fins" in the dryer. Later, he couldn't find his little dog. We looked everywhere, even the closets: nowhere. Finally we resorted to looking in the dryer, but she wan't there either. When he eventually went through the linens to make the bed, she was under all the heap of blankets and things, a mysterious lump under the covers.

lisa said...

Our Sophia disappears a lot...She doesn't try to get out....We will go around looking for her and she somehow morphs from places because she will all of a sudden be right next to us...Lisa

Meg said...

Ha! He's such a goof. Very thoughtful of him to help you look for himself. ;)

Rural Revival said...

My biggest stress is when they disappear. In the summer, no one goes outside after dinner because then there's no reason to come home!

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

I think cats are phenomenal hiders! I lose Mia all the time and we live in a small 2 bed. condo. One day I found her smushed in between a box of craft stuff and the bookcase. Looking up at me as if to say, "you woke me, why would you do that"!

Maureen Wyatt said...

Right about now I'd be happy to not know where my kittens are. But no, they are right there eating all the holly berries off the garland!

Joolz said...

Our cat, Bonnie, has gone missing around our place a few times and each time, we find her locked in our big car garage (that we don't open daily). Once she was in there for 4 days! She did shoot out when we let up the electric rolla door! Safe to say, there are no mice in the garage...

Jo's World said...

Cute story, Staci! As a kid, we had a cat that roamed off in July and didn't come back (they are not too smart about finding their way.) On Christmas eve, I heard something on the porch and here is this wayward cat. He came home for Christmas (never left again, either!)

Cheers,
Jo

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks all! I love reading all your lost cat tales - it is a bit of a panic in the moment, isn't it? :)

Chris K in Wisconsin said...

I love your "Jack stories"!! They are wonderful. We have a tuxedo kitty who firmly believes she is a Greyhound. We have had 3 Greys since she has joined our family (14 yrs. ago) and she has no knowledge she is a cat. We call her The Littlest Greyhound. :-) She keeps right up w/ her current 2 big sisters!

The Little Acre that Could said...

You described everything so perfectly. I could picture you peering in rooms and closets looking for Jack. I'm so glad the story had a happy ending. :-)

ANNE said...

CATS! lol I've had a few I-think-you're-crazy-I'm-really-a-dog cats myself. My beautiful Maggie was so convinced that she would even poop & pee in the middle of the lawn and walk away without a backward glance. So funny! Thanks for making me laugh - visiting from Melissa's blog and now I'm a follower too!

xox

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Oh my goodness, that Jack is such a character! I'm glad he wasn't really lost this time. It's so scary when you lose a pet, even if just for a moment.

Sharon-The OKI StampQueen said...

Too funny! We have a cat who will lose US---he sits down wherever he is and just wails and howls--until he hears me say "we're right here---" sometimes 2-3 times-before he calms down a realizes,"oh yeah--they are right there!"
I won't mention...he's a male cat!
; )

Just the Right Size said...

Way back when I was in my 20's, I was living with a boyfriend who did not like my kitty Wayne. One day, I couldn't find Wayne ANYWHERE (we were in a 2 bedroom apartment, so very little places to hide). I looked, and looked and even called one of my girlfriends to come over and help me look. Nada. By the time my boyfriend got home, I was convinced he had gotten rid of my cat and I accused him of doing so. We got into this HUGE, ugly argument and I was absolutely hysterical. About an hour later, I hear this faint "meow" coming from the kitchen....the little stinker had managed to open one of the lower cabinets, crawled inside, and had himself a lovely nap amongst the canned vegetables! I had to eat some major crow with my boyfriend after that. :-)