Okay, I'm pretty bummed out tonight. Our cat Roxy is missing. She's this totally awesome tortoise shell calico that Afton saw at a shelter about 3 years. TOTALLY cool cat -- very social. We live in an area where coyotes run around in the late night/early mornings, so everyone who has cats keeps them indoors. Well, in THIS house...it is totally impossible to keep a cat inside. The front door, back door, garage door is always being opened by someone at least 50+ times a day. So try as we may, Roxy always manages to sneak out. She loves it outside and we can always find her across the street "staking out" the bushes where the wild rabbits hide. There are times when she's been out all night, but she always comes back and scratches on the door to get in. Or she will meow at the backdoor and I usually hear her and will let her in. Normally we get her in the house before it gets dark, but every once in a while she won't come when we call. But she always comes back.
So all day today Rich and I were very busy cleaning out our garage. It literally took us all day to do that. The kids played in the backyard while we did the garage. It was a super, super busy day, and I honestly didn't remember seeing Roxy anywhere, and didn't give it any thought until later tonight when I realized I hadn't seen her all day. Then I tried to remember the last time I saw her around here, and I couldn't remember. So I woke Afton up and asked her if she'd seen her cat today, and she sleepily replied "no" and said the last time she remembered seeing her was the day before at around 2pm! So that means she was out last night and no one knew. So...if she didn't come home last night, and we didn't see her all day today...and now it's 1:41am the next day and she hasn't come home yet.....well, that doesn't look good for Roxy :( So there's a very good chance a coyote got her.
Rich walked all around the neighborhood looking for her just an hour ago, with a flashlight. But no luck. He has to work tomorrow so I felt bad that he was out walking the neighborhood when he should be sleeping. When he came home I told him to just get to bed because she'll come back if she's going to come back -- there's really nothing we can do about it now.
So now everyone is sleeping, but I just can't sleep. If Roxy doesn't come back, I'm really going to miss that cat. She was so sweet! She hated Milo, though. That dog sure did pester her. Perhaps she went out looking for a more peaceful place to live? No...she loved us. She wouldn't do that!
No more cats for us, that's for sure. We had another cat a few years ago who snuck out of the house and a coyote got her. That was Sassy and she was a calico, too. She was an awesome cat. Nope, no more cats for us. It's just too hard to keep them inside, and cats love going outside. I have too many little ones to monitor all day long...and I can't be watching out every second for a cat who is ready and waiting to sneak out once a door is opened. And it's just not fair to the cat to have them in our neighborhood with all the coyotes around. So no more cats for us. Which is a bummer because all my life I have always had cats, and I love cats and I wanted my children to have cats as well. But like I said, it's not fair to have them in our area. I don't want to lose yet another to a coyote. I would hate the coyotes, but I feel bad for them, too...because the only reason they roam around our neighborhood is because developers keep building homes and tearing down the areas they live in. So what are they supposed to do for food? They hunt the wild rabbits up here (there are a ton of wild rabbits!!) and so every once in a while, if a cat is out, they are easy prey because they don't run like the rabbits do. They are easier to sneak up on and easier to catch.