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12 July 2007 @ 11:08 pm
The Grand Day's Adventure  
Rochester is home!!! Thanks to everyone who sent hugs and good vibes.

All last night and all day today, we'd left out a little food and his favorite blanket/fur thing, hoping that would lure him back. I kept the front door open, leaving the screen door in place. All day when I was working, if I heard the tiniest sound, I darted out of my chair to check the porch (this happened a hell of a lot, because they're doing construction on our street during the day, so it's constantly noisy). No Rochester. My sister called the Humane Society, we put a lost ad in Craigslist, and after work, we walked around the neighborhood handing out and posting fliers.

Sephie was in hiding all day- perhaps thinking that we'd done something to Rochester and that she was next. She started becoming more sociable in the evening, and sacked out on our bed with us. At one point, she darted up in her "prairie dog" pose, as though she'd heard something. Even though I knew it was probably wishful thinking, I left the bedroom to check the porch for the umpteenth time today. Sure enough, I thought I actually spotted a blotch of white out there! I opened the screen door, and there was Rochester, lounging on the porch as though he's been doing it all his life. I went over to pick him up, and he gave me a casual meow hello. Meanwhile, I'm hugging him close and babbling and cooing like an idiot and telling him he's never doing that to Mommy again.

It almost seems to him that leaving home is a fantastic idea (as manycolored has noted), as he was rewarded with all kinds of affection, catnip, and cat treats. Almost- except for the fact that there is construction going on around our street, so he came home very dirty. Bathination ensued. He was not pleased, and tore me many new holes. I so don't care. My baby's home! =D I'll have to spend time tomorrow taking down all the Lost Cat signs, but that's a happy sort of chore to have.

The front door is being dead-bolted FOREVER. Ramen.
a dreamer like youlutraphile on July 13th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
Yay, I'm so relieved for you!! *purr*
Miusherimiusheri on July 13th, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! *hugs* =)

When/where might be good to meet up with you and Josh next week? If there's a certain day or time or place that works best for you, let me know! I will mostly be kicking around downtown Albany after work, though I'll be in Troy for some time on Tuesday, and will probably heading to Averill Park one evening as well, to visit a friend out there. I'll have a rental car, though, so I can be flexible!
Angeldeathslilsister on July 13th, 2007 10:29 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad he's home :)
Miusherimiusheri on July 13th, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Oh, me too! It was miserable worrying about what he might have gotten up to. Apparently it was fun, though; he seems as determined as ever to run outside whenever one of us steps out! But, he's also been uber-cuddly. And Sephie was hissing at him this morning- I'm guessing some sort of "Don't scare me like that again, ASS!" reaction ;)

I'll be in Albany next week on business, from Monday night 'til Friday afternoon. I'd love to descend on you, Josh, and Cheryl at some point, or perhaps meet up with you at the Grind or somewhere else? Let me know what works!
Miusheri: crikeymiusheri on July 13th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
Sorry, Jason. Josh belongs to the girl up there! ::points at lutraphile:: I'm so sorry, I have so many J names to keep track of! ^_^*
Angel: monarch dressdeathslilsister on July 13th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
Hehe, that's okay, there are so many people about his age with J names... he knows at least three other Jasons. :) Would LOVE to see you and get filled in on all the Pittsburgh goings-on, give me a buzz when you get up here!
Ellieellie on July 13th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad your baby is home. Maybe the bath will teach him for next time?
Miusherimiusheri on July 13th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks! =D

Oh, not likely! I had to go out this morning to remove the signs we'd posted around the neighborhood, and he was just as eager as ever to scoot out the front door! ^_^* I think when it's "bath" versus "adventure + cuddles + food + catnip + utter spoilage", the bath seems like an acceptable risk. ;)
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Eben will eat youamethyst_hunter on July 19th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
How to put the brakes on runaway kitties
Maybe you could keep a water bottle on hand or something like that, and spritz him a good one every time you catch him hanging around the door like he wants to try to make a break for it? If he learns to associate escape attempts with unpleasant happenings, he might eventually learn not to be so eager to try it...
Miusheri: spoon too bigmiusheri on July 20th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
Re: How to put the brakes on runaway kitties
'Tis a fine idea! The only problem is that this cat is not phased by anything- not scolding, not smacking, and certainly not water! Remy took him in as a stray, and he was undoubtedly rained on in the past, so he's not at all put out about being spritzed. Bathed, on the other hand... hmmmm... ::plots:: ^_^

Thanks! *hugs* I'll be hoping for regular internets for you soon!
zra42 on July 13th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)

Yay cats.
Miusherimiusheri on July 13th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
He didn't like it one bit! I have the puncture wounds to prove it. ;) But still, I'm so glad he's home!
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Basketcat is pleasedamethyst_hunter on July 19th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad he came home safely! :)