I have a confession to make. On the day of “Adventures in the car”, we actually traveled for 50 minutes away from home. It was a lovely sunny day. I saw a lot of amazing new things during the journey. ^^
There was a lot of scaffolding on the way! I LOVE SCAFFOLDING!!My humans would never let me go on any though…. We have some outside our house right now. I’ve been banned from going near certain windows T_T
I got treats and water at stops to prevent getting dehydrated, even in air-con. It was nice spending time with my humans while seeing the world go by. Each new area smelt different, some nicer then others, but I think I’ve picked up many new smells from that journey.
Anyways, upon arriving at our destination, I saw a HUGE BIT OF GREEN – the garden was MASSIVE. I got overly excited, and with my super boss strength, I dashed for the opened doors, pulling my human with me. Eventually, I broke loose and jumped over the fence to find more birds and grass! My humans were very worried, and shook my cat treats and called me to come back. BUT THE TEMPTATIONS! There were many birds I’d never seen or heard before! So I sat on the neighbours shed to look back and note where my humans were. After, I left them to go explore.
My humans started popping up in all the other gardens! They seemed to be exploring with me too, but strangely calling my name a lot… Shaking the box of treats… I didn’t want treats. I wanted to catch a bird. There were lots of small bird houses and feeders the birds seemed to be at.
I automatically went into hunting mode. It was like I unlocked a chamber of super cat instincts! I knew where my humans were, so I figured it was fine to play for a bit! =D
After some time, it started raining. I had to hide in another shed 4 gardens away from the one my humans were in. I saw my human “daddy”, but it was too wet to run to him. =(
Then, I bumped into another black and white cat, and decided to battle it out with this trouble maker appearing in my face. I’M THE ONE AND ONLY BOSS CAT! How dare it show me no respect! After that fight, the rain stopped. My humans were still calling me and running around in the rain, what maniacs …
The sun came out, so I decided to continue my bird hunt. After a few hours, I couldn’t hear my humans anymore. So I went back to check they were there. They were standing on metal things staring into the distance. I think the rain made them crazier …? After announcing my presence, we made eye contact and I nodded. Then went back to play. My human “daddy” then jumped over the fence and tried to catch me! I didn’t want to go back just yet! I hadn’t caught anything! This trip would’ve been pointless! =( Eventually, all I could hear were bird sounds. I couldn’t hear my humans shaking their keys, my treats, calling my name or their footsteps. I went back to the first garden I left from and they were not there! Since I was in an unknown place, it wasn’t safe to sleep. I found some tuna left out in the garden though. That was magical. <3 I wonder why my dish was even there o.O
Night came, and I could see the bright moon. I wondered where my humans went, so I jumped over some fences and over a garage. I found a good spot under a car parked in a drive way.
Around 11 at night, I heard some of my humans walking down the street with some treats calling me. So I popped my head out. IT WAS THEM! ^^ They hurriedly picked me up, in tears while smiling… what was the fuss about?
I don’t get it.
They then shoved me in the cat carrier!! T_T I don’t like the cat box!! I can’t see where we’re going in it! And I hit my head on the top whenever we go over speed bumps. >< Anyways, since we had another 50 minute drive to go, I meowed non-stop and told my humans of my adventures for the day. They actually replied smiling! I think they’ve finally learnt to speak cat ^^ I explain how it was THE BEST DAY EVER! Being in an environment with so much green, so many weaker cats, and birds EVERYWHERE. After getting home, all the younger humans hugged me like crazy. It got annoying – I was STARVING! I then ate a whole pack of wet food and a bowl of dry food with plenty of water before knocking out on the sofa.
And there is my confession – with the happy ending included.
Thank you for reading!
Boss Cat – Snowball
Notes from Snowball’s owners: This was probably the most traumatic experience we’ve had with him. Being so far away from home, it was super frustrating to all the family. Here are some tips on what to do when losing your cat. We are very lucky Snowball has a very playful attitude, so we just knew he’d sit and wait for us. Understanding your cats personality and daily behaviour is essential and will contribute more when deciding what actions you should take. Considering we knew he desperately wanted to play, and we had to go home to work, we searched for 5 hours before we /had/ to leave.
• STAY CALM – the more agitated you are, the less work can be done.
• If there are many of you searching for the cat, one person should stay where the cat was last seen.
• If your cat is the shy type, he or she will most probably be hiding in some bushes or in sheds! They might be in a panicked state and will find places to hide.
• Warn people in the neighbourhood.
• Ask for permission before entering other people’s property
• Shake your cat’s favourite treats (or keys) and leave his favourite food out to tempt him back. Your cat can smell a can of tuna from a great distance. You want them to react to familiar sounds and smells.
• Continue calling their name. They need to know where you are!
• Prepare leaflets and posters, state your cat’s key features and their personality. Be sure to leave a contact number!
• If your cat has been missing for some time, local pet rescue centres, or charities may have picked them up.
• Social networks! Get the news out there! Facebook and twitter to rescues and charities and communities in the area that may be help. The more eyes the better!
• Microchips and/or collars are essential for independent animals like cats – that way, if your cat does go for an adventure, a local vet or animal shelter will be able to contact you immediately!
Always keep the faith, If your cat has run off in an unknown place (e.g. visiting the vet, new house, etc), just remember they are alive and well. It’s worth returning to the area again and again. Your cat is not likely to get very, very far away in a few hours. They’re probably just being a bit too playful, being nosy and curious of their new surroundings. They will return. Cats are affectionate animals. They will come back to look for you even if they have to travel for miles! They have magical cat powers! ^^ Remember Homeward Bound?! I hope these tips help those in need. Ideally, we at Katzenworld hope this doesn’t happen to anyone out there. But if the need arises, we are happy to help spread awareness.