Pooh, our cat who was with us 20 years – I miss her sweet face
I have had many fabulous cats in my life over the years; some for just a few years and several for 15-20 years. Cats have added so much to my life, but when our cat Pooh died last year, I thought it’d be the last time we had one. I was wrong.
When my son and his girlfriend moved in with us they brought Sam along. Sam is their longhaired black and white cat with as much personality as he has hair. He definitely has his own mind and insists that we conform to his needs.
Sam is spoiled – his human caregivers admit it freely. He’s their baby and we encourage it by spoiling him as well. He has several favorite spots to hang out and watch the world go by and he’s generally curious about what’s going on, but he can be found snoozing most of the day.
Sam gave us a scare a few months ago. I went in to play with him but he was nowhere to be found. My husband and I searched the two rooms he was confined to at the time, every nook and cranny, several times to no avail. Thinking he must have pulled a Houdini and somehow gotten out of the room, we searched the house. Still no Sam.
Getting a little desperate, I finally called my son to tell him Sam was missing – it happened to be his first day at his new job, talk about bad timing. After checking the yard and giving into the realization that Sam was missing, I made signs with Sam’s picture and info, and we set about getting ready to plaster the neighborhood with them.
Sam the Cat Master of our Universe
My son came home and walked into his room to change clothes to help us look for Sam and wouldn’t you know it, there Sam was. He was in the room the whole time and to this day we don’t know where he was hiding.
We kept those lost cat signs and sadly we needed them today. Sam’s no longer confined to his room and he freely roams the house. We know he goes outside (we have to leave the door open for our dog with bladder cancer) but he we’ve never seen him leave the fenced yard. That was until last night. Evidently he was outside when I shut the door and now 24-hrs later he’s still missing.
I feel terrible and I can’t believe how much I miss him and his presence in the house. I can’t help but wonder where he is and I’m hopeful he’s having a fabulous adventure and will return soon. I can’t believe how one cat can wrap himself around my heart.
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