The other day I came home from running errands, eager to prop my feet up and snuggle with one fat cat. I bounced through the door with my hands full of groceries and gratefully plopped the ready-to-burst bags on the floor. Then I did what I always do when I come home—I look for my special kitty.
But this time I couldn’t find the little bugger.
He wasn’t napping on his favorite makeshift bed, a fallen towel. One I feel would be terribly rude to destroy by picking up. Or at least that’s my story.
He wasn’t napping on the couch. He wasn’t napping next to the couch.
He wasn’t sunning himself by the patio door. Nor was he tucked away by the desk.
He wasn’t in the litter box. He wasn’t napping in the bath tub. Yes. he does truly nap there on occasion.
He wasn’t under my bed. Or the bench. Or either of the dressers.
I checked in the closet. Nope. I checked again just in case I missed him among all the shoes.
Still no fat cat.
He wasn’t in the hamper. He wasn’t in the laundry basket. He wasn’t on the bed. He wasn’t under the blankets.
Now I began to panic. Loudly.
EMERIL! EMERIL! Where are you????? EMMMMMMMMMMERIL!!
I ran to kitchen and grabbed his bag of kibble, shaking it vigorously, which normally brings him running.
Still, no Emeril.
I looked under the bookcase. I checked in the oven (don’t know how he’d get in there, but he is sneaky).
He wasn’t in the bathroom cabinets. Or kitchen cabinets. He wasn’t snoozing on the kitchen table. Or desk.
Where was he???? EMERIL!!! WHERE ARE YOU????
Near tears, I suddenly heard a soft, but persistent meow.
[E] MEOW! Mommy! Let me in!
I rushed to the door and opened it. Sure enough, one fat, slightly annoyed and possibly constipated kitty strolled in and went straight to his dish.
[E] Where is my dinner? I heard you shaking the kibble bag. I’ve been waiting and waiting for you to open the door and let me back in. Silly mommy. You had your hands full, so I scooted outside to roll around in the hallway. Did you miss me?
Yes. Very, very, very, very much. I’ll feed you as soon as I finish giving you a thousand kisses. 1…2…3……..