Last night, I fed the cats in the garage as I normally do and left for my parent's house to celebrate New Year's Eve. They have a cat door that lets them freely move in and out of the garage. I keep the litter boxes in the garage, but also feed them there.
Last night, after drinking a little too much champagne, I decided to stay at my parents for the night. I figured there were drunks out on the road, so it was safer to just stay at my parents. I had brunch at my parents in the morning and then went to my brother's house to celebrate New Year's day. I got home about an hour ago.
Normally, the minute I enter my house, my cats greet me. My cat Louie is like a dog, he needs a lot of attention when I get home. I call him, he comes. He does not have the usual cat personality. So, I get home, and I am only greeted by Leo, so I call for Louie and he does not come around. That is NOT like him. I start to panic so look all over the house like a madwoman. I realize something is wrong and he is not responding to his name or my word for food. I go into my study and I see open glitter tubes all over the carpet...and some seems missing. Now I think I'm looking for my dead cat, so of course, I start bawling. I look EVERYWHERE. Open cupboards, doors, every nook and cranny of my house, thinking he ate the glitter and went someplace to die. I go outside in the front and backyard hoping that he somehow slipped out when I left for my parent's house yesterday.
I look for some sign from Leo to lead me to the my cat...all he does is MEOW, constantly, like he is mourning Louie. After about a half of turning my house upside down, I realize Leo hasn't eaten since yesterday afternoon, so I give him some food in his container in the garage. Within minutes, he goes through the cat door, didn't touch the food and starts Meowing again. Leo is not normally vocal cat, AT ALL. My daughter is sleeping on the couch.
I throw on a pair of jeans and t-shirt and decide to look outside anyway, perhaps he is somewhere in the neighborhood. After 30 seconds I hear a MEOW. I call out for him, nothing. I call out my FOOD code word, and out comes Louie jumping out of bushes, literally. My heart jumped out of my heart. I brought him inside, reunited him with Leo, who came RUNNING to greet his lost brother...it was incredible to see see how happy Leo was to see Louie back home.
This is a different way to start the New Year.
Thought I'd share, now I can sleep.:)