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    Chasing Cats Through the Windows

    My Kitten Sally has been so upset lately seeing a little black cat out of the window. She has been literally jumping from window to window meowing as she goes. She actually gallops from room to room to try to get a better vantage point to see this phantom cat.

    She hasn’t actually had a conversation with him yet, as far as I can tell, but seems fascinated by his wandering the grounds outside our house. (You have to remember that Sally and Sam are both indoor cats.)

    So the extent of the cats’ social adventures are watching out the windows from one to the next to catch a glimpse of outside cats as they go by, the black and white neighbor cat being the latest in a lineup of neighbor cats.

    Sally in particular is fascinated by outdoor life. But she is the least likely to try to sneak out when a door is left open a bit too long. Did I ever tell you the story of how she fell out of the porch window last summer? This is the last time that we kept the windows open. The screens on the porch are not the most secure, especially when a kitty is lying against them.

    Now Sam, my beloved almost ten-year-old cat, will try to sneak out any time a door is open. Any time he gets out, it sends me into fits of tears. The last time he snuck out, I was coming in the front door and he was hiding behind a plant. He ducked out the door as I was coming in.

    Terry didn’t say a word, but quietly went after him. That particular day, Herman and I were looking at a possible new handicapped-accessible vehicle and with the commotion and strangers about, Sam got out. After seeing all the strangers and traffic outside, he ran right back in, however. That hasn’t always been the case.

    The last time before this, when Sam sneaked out, he was gone for several hours. I was completely inconsolable. I imagine all kinds of threats and dangers to Sam’s de-clawed, homebound body and I was so relieved when he came back of his own accord.

    At first I made Herman keep the door open so if Sam did come back he could slip right in. After awhile Herman convinced me this was ridiculous. He told me Sam would come back in his own time and not to worry. As I was still crying, Sam returned, much to my relief. He, of course, acted as if nothing special had happened.

    So Sally will have to be content with viewing the outside cats from inside the windows. So far, it seems to be working.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com