Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The tale of our lost kitty cat Kenya

Kenya went missing on Friday night. We had to run over a cat carrier (ironic, no?) to my parent's house and Kenya ran out the door. She has been coming out all Spring and Summer. She just lays on the sidewalk or under the bushes. She always comes back after an hour or 2 and we have never seen her go to the street. 

When she got out on Friday night I wasn't that worried. As soon as we got home I called for her and she was nowhere to be found. I felt worried right away. I opened a can of tuna. I called and called. Nothing.
We went to bed. Then I got up at 1:29,  3:15,  4:08,  5:54 and 7:13 to stand at the door and call her. I might have gotten in the car and driven around at 3:15 and 7:13- but I don't want to sound like an odd old cat lady, so I will just let you guess.
When the kids got up we made posters and taped them all over the neighborhood. We had to go back to my parents so we left the garage door wide open...and also the house door. Don't tell Gary because he will freak out about bugs and robbery and other pertinent stuff. 

All I could think was my baby would need to come home and she wouldn't be able to.
When we got home, she was still missing. We loaded into the car and canvased the neighborhood handing out sign after sign. I offered a reward. Then I looked in my wallet and found 3 receipts for Dunkin Donuts coconut coffee, 2 quarters, 1 piece of old gum and an eraser. I made a mental note to go to the ATM before the calls came in.
Nobody called. : (
I repeated a similar pattern of waking up and driving around calling Kenya all night. I googled 'Our cat stayed out for 2 nights in a row, will she be ok?' and read a mixed array of answers.  
Guess what, the next morning Casey, our lovely houseguest as of late, opened the front door, and in she ran! 

My Daddy said to expect kittens in 59-63 days. The kids swear they can feel the babies already.
That's the latest in our life : ) 
Do you think we should try to keep her in from now on?
What's new with you?

47 comments:

lifebythecreek said...

Oh honey, I am SO glad that your story ended well! (and think of all the kitten photos you can ) I did the same thing with our Mattie back when Adam was not quite one, but the ending was much worse. :<( So glad that Kenya is home safe and sound!

Dysfunctional Mom said...

YAY, I love a happy ending!
My cats go in and out, but we live out in the country. They love being outside, chasing bugs and soaking up the sun!

Danyelle said...

I'm so glad you kitty came back! Our dog Waylon occasionally gets out for a little while, never any more than a few minutes, but I become frantic and Gwendolyn sobs, so I can only imagine how it felt her being gone a couple days.

Caits said...

I am SO glad Kenya returned unharmed!
heheh have fun with the kittens;)

The Lee County Clowder said...

Glad you story ended well (pending kittens, we guess). We were starting to worry when you had trouble finding her.

PS: May we suggest spaying Kenya when you get a chance? Unless you're planning on breeding her, spaying makes every ones life easier. There is usually a low-cost clinic somewhere in the area.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I am glad Kenya returned, too! And, yes, I would begin preparing for kittens and I can't wait to see the photos! Hope all is going well for you and Kaishon and that your summer is full of beauty, love and laughter!

Sylvia
ABC Team

Wanda said...

Oh my I was hanging on each word... So glad she came back.

We had a wonderful Orange Tabby come up missing... This was years ago...she was my husbands favorite... She never came back. We did all those things, but no success... I think someone just took her home.

Wanda said...

Oh, I was worried. Whew....glad she turned up again.

And I can so relate 'cause I am the crazy old cat lady who has, a few times, combed the neighbourhood at 3 in the morning, rattling Zizi's favorite bag a treats, calling her name in a high whisper till I couldn't speak and praying I didn't have to wake Dahlia up in the morning with bad news. Now....we keep her in. The cat!

Your Kenya may have "sewn her wild oats" and may not bolt for some time again. Or....you could lock the door. Gary might appreciate that. =O

Rachel said...

You had me scared! I agree with Wanda - someone probably kittynapped her for a couple of days! I know I would! :)

Glad she's safe!

Queenie Jeannie said...

I'm so glad she made it back OK!! If she's not preggers (you can tell within two weeks as her nipples will "pink up" if she is), you should probably go get her spayed! Hugs!

Michelle said...

So glad your kitty came home!!

Pumpkin Delight said...

Oh! I lost pet is just the worst. I'm so glad you found her. Scary! Growing up, out cats were always outdoor cats, who got to come in every-so-often. I'm sure she'll always come back, but it's scary waiting around for her.

Roger Owen Green said...

I've found that indoor cats, ones that grew up that way, like the indoors, but that outdoor cats get a little stir crazy after a while. the cat will let you know, i think.
now with kittens, she'll need to find her own quiet place inside.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Mari said...

I'm so glad she came back!
Our cat stays in because we have coyotes around and we don't want him hurt. Maybe Kenya has had enough of the wild life for awhile!

M said...

Yay! Glad she's back...that happened to us...we always let our cas out and they used to come and go through a cat door- before the raccoons decided they would use the door- but once one did not come home...he went into our neighbor's shed and got locked in. Perhaps that is what your kitty did?

You may want to get her fixed...there are so many kittens and puppys that need homes and end up getting put to sleep.

HAPPY SUMMER!

Gigi said...

I'm so glad she made it home. But have to wonder....how was she going to get in the house even if it was unlocked?

Cindy said...

What a happy ending. have a great time with the kitten in a couple of months.....it will be cute:)

*Jess* said...

whew! I hope she doesn't do that again soon!

Kylie and Amber said...

I would have done the same thing...........looked far and wide for my puppy! I am glad she arrived home safe and well and now you might have a couple more to love and worry over!

Glad you can sleep easy now, oh and thank you for commenting on my daughters blog you made her week, she was so excited that she had a visitor from America, I am sure she can't wait to tell her teacher!

Tracy P. said...

Yay! Glad she's safe at home again. Love the dog photo--looks like even he's searching for her!

Meryl said...

I love happy endings! And your photos are magnificent.

Maggie May said...

I'm so pleased that you got her back. You had me worried as I read on.
A lovely happy ending.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

You tell a good story, Becky! I'm glad she came back. I lost my cat once (Dave let him out of the house) and he was gone for two days...came back hungry but apparantly content with this little vacation.
Have a great week...
M

Skeller said...

yikes, things were getting a little dull 'round home (ha! as if that ever happens!!), so Kenya decided to spice things up a bit?!?? I'm so glad she's home again. These summertime-fun photos are delightful :-).

Rachel B said...

So glad your cat is home safely, even if she is "with kitten" :) By the way, you are not crazy to be getting up at all hours looking for her - I would have done the same.
I love the last photo - it is so full of action.

deb duty said...

I'm glad she's back! My dog is impossible to catch when she gets out, but she's always back within 15 minutes because she runs full speed the whole time and then she realizes she's ready for air conditioning and water!

Jodi said...

ohhh how stressful!! Glad to hear all worked out well - and yes, you may just have some kitties to photograph in a few months! :)

Grandma J said...

So glad kitty is back. get her fixed if you decide to let her out.

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous photos!

My ABC, please come and see.

LceeL said...

I'm so glad your kitty came home. I guess in a couple of months you're going to know what it means to go "out cattin' around".

TechnoBabe said...

Yep, probably be kittens in the near future. But at least she came home. I laugh at the sign posting and the worrying, but I have don that in the past and would not give up until I found our cat.

Mighty M said...

It's hard to keep an outdoor kitty in....I've tried with ours. She is just happier when she can go outside. I am glad she came back....if she does have babies make sure she can't have them again after that! :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

Some cats just want to be out...even if it is dangerous. I would get her spayed ASAP. That way, you won't be a g'ma and there won't be more kitties running around. If you investigate, you will be able to find a low cost vet who only does spaying and neutering.
xo

ps. why won't my cats run away?? :0

Formerly known as Frau said...

How dare she worry you like that...maybe her wild ways need to be tamed! lol!

likeschocolate said...

How scary, but I wouldn't let it stop her from going out. Cats need to be able to roam. It is part of their nature. I am not a fan of locking cats in the house. It just seems mean to me though I know they liver longer if you do.

Kayce said...

Uh oh! Kittens! :) Glad she's back and safe and sound! What's new with us....just enjoying the heck out of summer!! :)

photowannabe said...

Becky, you had me hanging on every word. I thought poor kitty was gone for good. Good news that she returned.

Caroline (Frogmum) said...

Glad all ended happily, but they say you never own a cat ~ the cat owns you and because of that THEY call the shots! I don't think keeping her in will necessarily be an option (but getting her spade might help after the kittens).
Glad she is safe anyway :)

Kay L. Davies said...

You could probably even get her spayed now, but I suspect the kids would object if they think they can feel kittens already.
Hopefully your cat will have plenty of mother-instinct and you won't have to be too involved in kitten-raising. The very best cat-moms even litter-train their kittens without help from their humans.
So glad she made it home safely. Happy endings are always best.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Anita Johnson said...

When we had kitties, I spent many nights waiting for them to come home too. The "rule" was they could only be out with us during the day...but sometimes they were just too fast. You would think after a few trips to the Vet ER we would have kept them inside...but they loved it out there. Our cats were neutered....one less thing to worry about. One cat used the culvert to go under the street to get treats at a neighbor's house. We are dog people now, but your story made me miss my kitties again!

Caseybumpinalong said...

Yay! So glad your pretty kitty is okay. Every once in a while our country cats will stay gone for 3 or 4 days and panic (mine) will start to set in, but so far they have always come back. Whew!

Love your pics!! Especially the one of Kaish and a friend at the computer. CUTE!

Erika B said...

So glad she came back! Love your shots.

Erika B

Southern Gal said...

Glad she's back home safe and sound. We only have outdoor pets so I wouldn't know how I would react to something like this. Pretty shots. (At first I thought you were going to tell us that big dog was hanging around. Yikes.)

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

So glad she made it back safely!

debi9kids said...

so glad you had a happy ending and I would bet your daddy is right. Kittens are in your future. That's what happened to us too...

thatgirlblogs said...

I just lived through this exact scenario over here... luckily our cat is fixed, but I wondered if she saw some action out there, LOL

Maria said...

I am all for leaving the cats inside. I have always cared for strays & have taken in many. One of my strays left the little "compound" that I created for them in my back yard during a blizzard & didn't return for 3 days. I was sure we'd find her body when the snow melted. Once I got hold of her (& she was as feral as can be) I ran her to the vet, got her shots, had her spayed & kept her inside. One blast of wind from an open window now is enough to send her under the comforter. They get used to being inside & are very content~even my most feral one. Plus, they stay safe & we don't have as many breakdowns wondering where they are.