For the past week, I’ve had to restrain myself from posting a frantic, hysterical post on Museworthy. Through an enormous amount of willpower, I checked my urge to do a blog freak-out. Wait. Just wait, I told myself. Don’t jump the gun. Publish art posts, and don’t upset people.
What happened is this: my dear, beloved Kate was missing for ten days! Ten long, agonizing days. I was worried sick! I was panicky and sobbing and distressed. No sign of my girl! Not one visit to her food bowl! Where was she?? What happened to her???? I was going berserk. I rode my bike around the neighborhood looking for her. Not kidding.
Well, she finally appeared on Sunday, in the driveway, acting more timid than usual. Reluctant to set foot into my garden. For a few seconds there, i was face-to-face with her, caught by surprise. “Kate!!”, I said. “Where have you been?? I’ve missed you!!”. I tried to cajole her into the back. She stared at me with a cautious eye, contemplated her choices, and then darted away into a neighbor’s yard. Poor little thing. She’s scared of something. Intimidated by something. And I think I know what it is. It’s this guy:
His name is Monty, and he and Kate were friends for at least two months. They coexisted just fine. Monty even deferred to Kate at mealtime! I thought that was very gentlemanly. But then he pounced on Kate while she was sleeping and booted her off the property. Kate was pissed. She swiped at him good. Monty is generally a very cool cat. He’s an extrovert and quite handsome. He just started getting in Kate’s face.
Now I suspect that Kate is fed up with him and has either been evicted from the premises in some kind of feral cat turf war, or voluntarily gone into a self-imposed exile. She’s banished! And I am not happy about this. Not one bit. Cat behavior is hard to figure out. One minute they are sharing their space in harmony, the next minute it’s like “West Side Story” out there.
Here’s an old picture of Kate back in friendlier days, when she was “top cat” and Monty wasn’t being an aggressive dick:
I’m going to monitor the situation and see if Kate is able to reclaim her rightful status. I know that another neighbor puts out food for the ferals, so I assume she’s eating over there. Kate!! My angel!! Come back!! I’ll protect you! Mommy misses you