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                   --Lee Pound

Day 160 - The Cat Who Disappeared

My mother’s cat, PussKitty, disappeared one day.

Nobody knew what happened. He’d gone outside in the morning as usual and had been seen off and on in the back yard sleeping or exploring.

That evening, when she called him to come in, he didn’t respond. Now this cat usually is right there at the door, ready for dinner. This was highly unusual behavior. She called for him, searched everywhere in the yard. No sign of PussKitty.

The next morning, there was still no sign of him. What a mystery. And day after day, no sign. We looked everywhere, in the garage, in the room that used to be my father’s darkroom, under the house, everywhere possible. Still no sign of the cat.

This went on for six days. Every day that passed left less and less hope that PussKitty would be found.

On the seventh day, mother went out back to water the plants. In front of the door to the old darkroom she thought she heard a noise and stopped. She listened. There it was again. A plaintive cry. From a cat. She looked around. There was no cat in sight.

She opened the door to the old darkroom. There, standing just inside the door, was PussKitty, looking a bit upset and bedraggled but okay. She grabbed him and hugged him, then carried him into the house and fed him some food.

So what had happened?

Apparently PussKitty liked to climb in the rafters in the garage. What we didn’t realize was that there was a hole up near the ceiling that opened into the old darkroom. Puss had apparently crawled into that hole and walked onto one of the old ceiling tiles, which gave way, dropping him into the darkroom, where he couldn’t get out.

Being the shy cat he was, he hid whenever anyone came into the darkroom looking for him, so we never found him.

When he finally announced his presence, mother was lucky enough to be there to hear him.

PussKitty survived just fine and now, five years later, lives with my wife and I in Irvine with his two kitty friends and his dog.

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