Sunday, January 07, 2007

Remember my cat Storm? When I was finishing up cleaning out the garage on Saturday, I put some stuff into my van to take to Goodwill on Monday morning. The tailgate was open for quite a while, and when I finished loading, I shut it without taking note of the cat's whereabouts. What a mistake that was!

I missed her about 3pm, but I thought she was asleep under a bed somewhere. When she hadn't surfaced by dinnertime, I began to worry. I opened all the closet doors and kitchen cabinets (where she sometimes goes) but no cat. When I got up this morning, I asked mr. kenju if he had seen her and he answered by asking me if I had looked in the closets. Suddenly it dawned on me where she might be - so I asked him to take my car keys and go look. Sure enough, she was, he reported, sitting on the back seat looking all forlorn.

When she came into the house, her first stop was to the food and water bowls. After she ate, I tried to pet her, but she was clearly showing me her displeasure, since she walked away, snubbing me. As the morning wore on, she relented and decided that my warm, blanket-covered lap was too inviting not to give in.

I have been under the weather today; mr. kenju's cold has finally caught up with me and I couldn't ignore it any longer. I have spent most of the day in my recliner, and the cats have loved every minute of it - at least Clipsie did. Storm took a while to warm up. She didn't want me to know that she was going to forgive me until I had been properly punished for my lack of attention yesterday.

Feeling crappy has prevented me from going outside to check out the van. I am afraid that Storm might have gone to the "bathroom" in it - and since there is no litter pan there - I am worried about what I may find tomorrow. Another cat of ours peed in my daughter's car years ago and it took five years for the smell to disappear - no matter what was done to get rid of it.
Update, Monday noon: Storm deserves a special treat today! My van is clean and apparently she didn't use it as a toilet. YAY!

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

i've had cats pee in hockey bags. talk about adding fuel to the fire.

p

Anonymous said...

PS Here's the 'enlightenment' you requested.

Love.
p

:)

vicki said...

laughing at prego! She might have held it- our two went without food,water or litter box for the entire drive down from Chicago. I think they have the ability to sort of shut down- although I'm picturing Storm trying to signal you through the car window. Oh, dear.

Sophie has escaped several time already here in Florida because of my lax fair weather/open door policy. She disappears for several hours until I'm wandering the neighborhood calling like a fool and then I come home, practically in tears and there she is, washing her face on the doorstep as though she's been there all along. My grandmother used to say: Cats go into the woodwork.

Anonymous said...

Aww! Sorry you neglected your poor cat! And, here's hoping there are no surprises for you. Mutzi (Captain Obnoxious) has the ability to clear a room with her 'business' and I can't imagine what would happen in a minivan.

raehan said...

Feel better soon, Judy. I envy your cozy kitties and the luxury of being able to recline when you are sick. But I'm sure you've paid your dues.

xoxo

Angie said...

I hope you feel better soon. Steve is down with a bad cold and I am praying he doesn't pass it to us. We just got over a gruesome cold and Steven is on an antibiotic now. Cat pee - eww.

Jamie Dawn said...

Maybe Storm should get an extra treat to make up for all the suffering and trauma.

It's funny how animals have personalities, and you know just what they are trying to tell you. If they are sad, you know it, If they are happy, you know it. If they are pissed off at you, you KNOW it! :)

Get well soon. Chicken soup may be needed.
Mr. Kenju!! Chicken soup for Mrs. Kenju. Pronto!

Anonymous said...

Cat's can be very unforgiving, but they also have relatively short memories. I'm sure Storm will get over it soon.

Michele sends her best,

Mike

MotherPie said...

I agree w/ Mike... I think that it will be a short memory thing!

Re: kids at school in NC....One child is at Wake in grad school; the other has moved home for a semester after going to Guilford....

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

Thank heavens you recalled where she might be. I bet she didn't potty in your car; I bet she held it; cats are so fastidious. Sorry you are under the weather; baby yourself and ask Mr. Kenju to wait on you hand and foot.

Anonymous said...

Hi Judy ~~ Sorry you are unwell and hope that doesn't last long. Also hope there are no surprises in the van
Thank you for your visit and I am sorry you also lost a cousin. That's the trouble with getting older. Let's hope neither of us lose any more for a long while. Get well soon Judy.
Love, Merle.

Seamus said...

Glad she was safe though!

Feel better Judy! :)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Poor Storm....and poor you, Judy..Do feel better very very soon...Cats are such a comfort aren't they? Sweetie spent a lot of the day on my lap and legs...He is like a sleeping pill for me...And I LOVE that.
Maybe with luck, Storm won't have peed in your van. I hope not.

ET said...

What an entry!!!!
You reminded me and inspired me to put something on mine.

Judy said...

Feel better, Judy... take care of yourself.

I accidentally left the door open at a friend's house and his cat got it and either pee'd or sprayed back in the spring. Not sure what, but we're still fighting the odor (esp. if the truck has to be shut up for a day or two). Five years, huh? sigh

Raggedy said...

I am sorry you under the weather and I hope you feel better soon!
I did a double take on the first line..lol I thought cat storm? Like it could really rain cats and dogs or what? I am glad Storm the cat is okay and only had her feathers ruffled a bit. They sure can be sneaky. I hope she didn't leave you a present in the van.
Have a wonderful day!
*^_^
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from
the Cool Raggedy one

Raggedy said...

It also reminded me of the cat stampede...lol that would be like a cat storm.

Check this vid it is cute.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6572941025419743765

Anonymous said...

I hope you are better soon and I am glad Storm is OK...but that last paragraph...YUCK!

Beverly said...

Ditto to the others...hope you feel better soon. I'm so glad Storm is o.k. and not lost. Hope your mini-van survived as well.

Anonymous said...

Sorry you are feeling poorly, hope you get better really soon. I know what you mean about "that odour". Had that experienc once when a neighbour's cat was accidently locked in one of our cars. Not pleasant.
Cheers Margaret

christine said...

Sorry to hear you are not feeling well and hope you are on the mend soon!

Cats are so funny. We adopted our second one late last year and it has been fun. She is sure to let us know when she is not happy with us by peeing in our bed. We definitely take the hint very quickly then. Definitely their way of saying...HELLO.

I really hope you have no surprises waiting in your car!

Chancy said...

Feel better soon Judy

Here---have a cup of hot tea with honey, lemon and a swig of bourbon.

I am glad the kitty did not make it to Goodwill. that would have been frightful.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

That sweet little kitty had herself an adventure!

Carmi said...

We'll be replacing a stretch of carpet, thanks to our late and very missed cat. I'm glad your munchkin was OK in the end. I really want another one.

Feel better soon, k?

rosemary said...

Thank you for your comments....if Storm did go in the van, she probably did it in a very secret place where it will take you a while to find...that is her ultimate revenge...forget the snax, she is hee heeing to herself.

At least you didn't pay for the subscriptions....I fell under the spell of the low prices with...get ready...Publishers Clearing House. We now get Country Living, Cottage Living, House Beautiful and 4 other mags that I don't need...I had let all of my subscriptions go as well. As a "gift" for all of my mags I got Golf Digest free...like I golf..NOT. Too bad they don't publish Snow Throwers Weekly. Again, thank you for your wonderful blog.

srp said...

Just think of how our herding ritual goes every night at Shoo-shoo time when they all go to the sunroom for the night.... there is always one that hides.

Hope you get feeling better soon, although there is something to be said for a full day in a recliner with warm kitties on your lap.

Wow! Two hours ago I forgot I hadn't posted this comment. Now a vet visit later am back again. Little Scarlett has lost over half her body weight in the past year. Probably hyperthyroidism as her glucose levels are ok. Waiting on labs.

PI said...

Cuddle up to Storm or Mr K or both and look after your cold:)

Terri said...

OH....that poor cat! Shame on you. You're really fortunate she had such good hygiene. Then again...a new car may have been on the horizon....lol

vicki said...

So what's the verdict? Pee or no pee?

Shephard said...

Don't know why, there's no sun up in the sky... Stormy weather.... since my cat and I... aren't together.
lol Sorry. Couldn't resist.
Hope you're feeling better by now.
~S

Beverly said...

That's a good kitty.