by Janet Blue on August 3, 2013

"Please, please open the door so I can go in the yard."

“Please, please open the door so I can go in the yard.”

Hey efurrybuddy, Astrid here. Bet you GUESSed that the humans gave me a resounding “no” to my plea. But, can you GUESS what I did the night before last?

That’s right. I escaped again.

As Dad was trying to get Misty May to come in off the front porch for dinner, I flew right by him and out the door. Mommy was so mad. She told my dad that he was responsible for getting me back in the house; even though, she knows I am never going to come to him. I’m starting to let him hold and pet me on occasion, but he still frightens me.

Mommy says that my behavior is very strange, I only go out on the catio a couple of times per week and on some of those occasions I hide on the bottom platform of our tree/condo surrounded by its bad-weather cover.

The remainder of the time, I remain in the house. Usually I sleep on the chair cushion in the sewing room, but I have a variety of places I like to hang out: 1) sleeping in the sun on the radiator cover in front of the sewing room window, 2) sitting on the edge of the tub behind the shower curtain waiting to surprise any kitty entering to drink from the water bowl, 3) snoozing in Lily’s dough bowl in the kitchen or watching the doggies next door from the same locale, 4) and finally, lying on the kitchen counter next to Mom’s computer while she’s typing.

In fact, she thought I was over my sneaky ways. GUESS I fooled her.

Normally she gets upset when I escape, but she never gets all crazy or panic-stricken. She knows I stay in our yard, expect for the one time I went over the fence to our neighbor’s backyard. Then I was the one who became panic-stricken and screeched like a banshee; even though, the woofies were in the house.

This time, however, I timed my escape a little differently. In the past I had always slipped out during daylight hours. This time; though still light out, it was 6:45 p.m. Mom knew she only had a couple of hours before it was dark. That’s when the skunks, raccoons and opossums come out, and she didn’t want me to tangle with any of them. She also knew that once it was dark, I would be invisible unless she caught my eyes in the flashlight beam.

Well, you did probably GUESS that I was still out and alluding her when darkness fell. Two skunks and an opossum, however, brazenly approached her. She threw two grapefruit-sized rocks at one of the skunks. He didn’t budge, but he did spray a nearby bush. The other skunk hid under the grain bin where I usually go when I’m scared. That sure wasn’t going to happen this time. 

On occasion I would show myself while darting across the yard and a couple of times she actually discovered where I was hiding out. I, of course, did not allow her to catch me. At about 10:45 she decided to beat the bushes again and headed to the front door, flashlight in hand. GUESS who she spied through the window? That’s right, it was me on the front porch staring back at her. By the time she dropped the flashlight and unbolted the front door, I had made like the wind. 

That was her cue to go upstairs and put on her jammies. Dad had already gone to bed with Lily Olivia and Misty May. He told her to leave the second-floor door open with just the screen door closed . He thought if I showed up and hollered to come in, one of them could get up and do the honors of allowing me to re-enter. Mom didn’t tell him that she planned to sleep on the floor inside the door!

Prior to crawling into bed, Mom decided on one last ditch effort to get me in the house. And there I was standing on my hind legs with my pitiful, little face pressed against the glass of the backdoor window. She was flabbergasted. I do not understand why. I had been outside for four-and-and-half hours and hadn’t had my dinner. She should have known I would return when I got hungry. Silly Mommy for getting so worried.

Purrs and hugs, Naughty Kitty Astrid

P.S. Mommy should thank me for my escape. She hadn’t biked that day and had only about 5,000 steps on her FitBit when I ran out. After circling the house many, many, many times and tromping through the side yard she had reached her 10,000 steps. Good job Mom. I am so proud of you! And neither of us got sprayed by a skunk. Seems like a win-win to me.


Sherri-Ellen T-D. August 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm

2 PAWZ UP Astrid!!! Ya did a pawsum job makin like ‘Houdini’ n dtayin clear of da smelly skunkz n gettin yer Mum to do her exercisin…
Me did da same fing befur me got sick one mornin; just bloted out da patio door befur Mum cuud even see me goin!!!!! Me just moseyed around nommin da grass in da front yard n me cuud see Mum ’bout to have sum sort of seezure 😉
Me LET her catch me n she put me in Condo n she waz chatterin away like a cwazy parrot…”blah, blah, blah, Nylablue, blah, blah, blah Nylablue..” Ya get da drift me betz!!
So me iz now not dashin out da door….freedum iz guud but not if it iz goin give me an earache n make Mum all scaredy-kat!!! MOL!!
Lub ya Sis..we iz rellated fer shure!
Lub Nylablue xoxoxoxo
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Jeanne August 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Oh my! what we do for our kitties!

Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom August 4, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Glad this story didn’t have stinky skunk ending 🙂
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Connie August 4, 2013 at 10:57 am

I GUESS you just wanted to help her get her exercise 😉
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Marg August 4, 2013 at 10:10 am

Good job Astrid, giving that Mom some exercise. But we are so glad that you did come back in the house. That Mom is very lucky that you did. When we go out, we don’t come back right away. Anyway, we are glad it all ended well. Take care.
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Sassmuffins August 4, 2013 at 8:28 am

10,000 steps!! You better be careful Astrid or she have you doing 10,000 steps indoors instead of taking cat naps for being so naughty!
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MyThreeMoggies August 4, 2013 at 7:16 am

we all need exercise 🙂 happy sunday xxx
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Molly The Wally August 4, 2013 at 4:10 am

We agree that was a win/win adventure. Glad though you got let back in Astrid without any chance entanglements with your night critters. Have a serene Sunday and get some of the big easy in today.
Best wishes Molly
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Whisppy August 4, 2013 at 3:28 am

Haha! You sure gave your Mom a good work out! MOL. We bet it was a lot more exciting than biking. :p
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prancer pie August 3, 2013 at 11:59 pm

OMC! Mommy said that would have scared her half-to-death! Heh-heh, (pawtaps behind Mommy’s back!)
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Savannah's Paw Tracks August 3, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Yeowza!!! No wonder I can’t go outside!! …not that I even am interested in the door when open…just sayin’…paw pats, Savannah
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Ann Paws August 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm

I could never keep my last kitty strictly indoors. She was a hunter at heart. She came to me from the outdoors, I don’t know where really. Sometimes she would go away for a day or two, but she always came back.
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Catherine August 3, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Oh oh ~ kitties and window screens ~ I know it well! LOL!
xo Catherine
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The Island Cats August 3, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Oh Astrid! You are a sneaky one!
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Spitty the Kitty August 3, 2013 at 8:09 pm

A certain LadyCat went on her Furrari ride….didja miss her?
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Brian August 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm

You sure know how to give Mom and Da exercise and stress at the same time!
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Sometimes, Cats Herd You August 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm

What a way to get your mom to exercise! That sounds like you had quite the adventure, but maybe you shouldn’t worry her quite so much?
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Sparkle August 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm

My human read this, and she says this is exactly the reason why we are never allowed outside. Heh, and I thought she LIKED to exercise!
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Cathy Keisha August 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Whoa! I wasn’t aware that Photo Hunts involved 3000 words but they were fun to read. Glad you got hungry and came inside. It can be scary out there.
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janetblue August 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm

C.K. it was only 812 words! At least, you enjoyed reading them!
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Cathy Keisha August 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Glad I didn’t offend you and you knew I was joking except the part that I liked it.
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Katnip Lounge August 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Oh, we are laffin and laffin!!!!

Although our Mommy seems to think you were QUITE the little stinker, and not the skunk!
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Sam and Pam August 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Astrid that was a VERY sneaky way to get your Mom to exercise!! You’re quite the escape artist – as usual though when our tummies rumble it’s time to call it a day……tee hee

Kitty Hugs, Sammy
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Vera August 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm

What a wonderful story .
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