Friday, February 5, 2010

Firestar Escapes

Yesterday, Firestar left the apartment on his own. I was bringing Son back from school and Spouse opened the door for us. That was the moment Firestar had been waiting for. He dashed around feet and into the hall. I saw him slip by and turned to go after him.

No need. By the time I had even turned to see how far he had run he was stopping and dropping low. Apparently, the long hallway was an entirely unexpected occurrence. He wasn't sure what to make of it, but he was sure he didn't like it. He turned and slinked back into the apartment and jumped on the office chair next to mine. I came in and sniffed noses.

He probably won't be doing that again. At least, not for a while. But some of his curiosity about what draws people out that door has been resolved. He must think we're nuts. What could we possibly be doing out there in that long hallway?

I ask myself the same question every time I walk it.


Old Kitty said...


Firestar so knows that there's nothing like the office chair next to yours!

Take care


Bevie said...

So it would seem. Except that's not where he is right now. Right now he's in a little used chair by the sliding doors leading to the deck. We just got new snow.

fairyhedgehog said...

You've got snow again? Oh dear.

It's worrying when cats escape when they're not meant to. We're having to keep Bonnie in because she's wearing a Buster collar because of her sore skin above her eye. She isn't as keen to escape as Rufus though.

Bevie said...

Yes. Snow. Supposed to last through Monday.

At the house Firestar loved to escape outside. The big yard. The big patio. And all the grass and shrubbery.

Here at the apartment it's just a long, dismal hall. He didn't seem too keen on it.

Kea said...

Oops! Scary few moments for you both! Glad he came back in of his own accord.

Bevie said...

Yes. He's very smart.

Sarah Laurenson said...

Cats are good about that. Nothing hedonistic here? Then I'm going back inside.

Maya, aka Baby Girl, is learning to not get too close to the door to the garage. She'd really get lost out there, so we scare her off when she ventures near.

Fred has almost fallen out the dog door when he was trying to capture shadows. Almost, but not quite. We put up an enclosed run on the other side in case he ever did venture out. A lot of money and work for nothing - so far - but Baby Girl might make it out there one day.

Bevie said...

They love to get into places and then cry for help to get themselves out.

I twice climbed to the top of a silo in order to retrieve a foolish kitten who found a way to get to the roof. I'm terrified of heights. But so was the kitten.

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