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Out of the Blue

I got great news from my buddy Devicer, as his cat Josie showed up yesterday after being missing for almost two weeks. Anyone who knows her wouldn't be that surprised that she was able to take care of herself out in the country on her own through heavy thunderstorms and cool autumn nights, as she is that classic tough alpha cat (she used to try to pounce on Hudson the wonder dog in hilarious Cato versus Inspector Clouseau scenarios), but she's also a 16 year-old housecat, so hope was beginning to fade with every passing day. She's by far my favorite cat in the world, so I am overjoyed that this story has a happy ending. It's just too bad she can't tell us what happened.

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5. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 28, 2012, 11:01 Hyatus
 
It's probably that oldest of cat stories.

It starts with a little bit of high-grade catnip...free at first. Then the physical demand for more starts to ramp up day by day. Pretty soon she's trading tuna, but the fish runs out. Then, unable to face her family for the food they've brought that has been so easily dismissed, she moves in with her tom cat. He will keep her safe.

All she has to do is a favor here and there, a little demeaning, sure, but he's her tom. But even he is starting to lose interest. After all, demand is high and there are so many other cats who want a taste of the 'nip these days. Then he suggests, with the back of his paw, that she starts doing those things they shared with some buddies of his. That's what keeps the 'nip flowing.

For a cold, rainy week this lasts until one day she just can't take it anymore. Then her claws show, but alas, she's had so much 'nip that her feeble body can't take the brutal jabs from her old tom cat. The lightning flashes as the rain pours down on her painful, beaten body. She repeats her mantra over and over again. He promised to keep her safe. He promised to keep her safe.

She is waiting to die, beaten and alone while sprawled across a dirty, garbage-filled dumpster. An old friend passes by, not sure at first that this mewing could be her old pal Josie, but she recognizes something in that sad voice. Her friend calls a few cats nearby to help pick Josie up and take her home, but Josie cannot face her old family. At least not yet.

Josie spends a week in kitty rehab. The days were long and grueling, perhaps her hardest yet, but she eats some food, a little more each day, and her spirits lighten up. The need for 'nip is still there but it lessens when she realizes that others have gone through what she has. Some even worse. At least she got out, even if her dignity lays in shambles.

She returns home, hopeful that her family hasn't forgotten or replaced her throughout those cold, autumn nights. The door opens and her family is there waiting. She strolls in slowly. She needs to pretend that nothing happened. After a day or two, home again, it feels as if nothing did. The past, a bitter memory, a movie starring someone else.

A few days later she is watching the news. Her tom cat was run over by a car she recognizes as from the 'nip man. Just rewards? No. Even he was loved by someone once. Poor soul. At least she is out of there. At least she is home.

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