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What's new, wussycat?

It was a very odd morning yesterday.

Around 4:30, I heard my roommate come home. Apparently, he came home several times, because I heard him open and close the door to the apartment at least four times. And about five or ten minutes later, there was a knock on my door. He wanted to explain what had just happened.

He got home from work and as he approached his bedroom, he heard a meow. He didn't think much of it, because Elmo (my cat) likes to sleep on his bed. But then he heard a hiss, and realized that the meow wasn't typically Elmoesque. He flipped on the light, and saw a strange cat sitting on his pillow.

When I went to bed, I'd left Elmo out. I'd left a window open so he could return at his leisure. Apparently, another cat had taken the open window as an invitation, and made himself welcome.

My roommate tried to scare off the interloper, but to no avail. So went out and gathered up Elmo, figuring Elmo's natural territoriality would kick in and the stranger would take off for the hills.

Elmo saw the stranger and hissed. The stranger hissed back. Elmo decided he didn't care for my roommate's pillow that much, and beat feet back out the window and outside.

So my roommate did what any red-blooded male whose private space was being violated: he started a pillow fight. After a few swipes, the stranger bolted outside, then set up camp at the top of the stairs, keeping Elmo away.

It was at that point that I figured it was time I dealt with matters as only I could. I kicked him out of my room, found a pair of pants and a shirt, and went outside to chase the strange cat away further. Unlike my roommate, though, I was heavily armed: I had a squirt gun, and every intention of using it.

But the little SOB of a cat didn't care. I'd squirt him, he'd just whine. It wasn't until I got right on top of him that he scampered down to the second floor, where he set up camp on the landing and absolutely refused to move, no matter how often I squirted him. Even when I reloaded it with icewater, he refused to move.

At that point, I figured the best I could do was retrieve Elmo and go back to bed. I covered the cat while my roommate went downstairs and around the corner to find my brave little feline cowering under a bush. He brought him upstairs, but he started kicking and scratching at the second-floor landing (NOW he finds his nerve), so my roommate dropped him. He raced past the strange cat, past me, and jumped through the still-open window. We retired ourselves, and closed the screen on the damned window. Then I fed Elmo, gave him some treats to calm his nerves, and my roommate and I mercilessly taunted him for his cowardly behavior. He ignored us and kept eating.

A couple hours later, I was getting ready for work when I heard a strange meowing outside the window. I looked out through the screen, and saw a DIFFERENT strange cat. He, apparently, wanted in, too.

As I left, he tried to dart past me and race into my apartment, but I blocked him with my foot (NOT kicking him) and slammed the door. He ran to the window and leaped up, but bounced (literally) off the screen. He then ran down to the second floor and meowed and hissed at me.

I had to get to work, so I just ignored him. But as I got to the second floor, he suddenly ran to the railings, squeezed and wriggled through them, and leaped to the pavement a full story below, then took off across the alley and into some brush.

That's two strange cats that tried like hell to get into my apartment. If I didn't know that Elmo was 1) male and B) fixed, I'd suspect him of running a kitty bordello -- a literal "cat-house."

Tonight when I got home, I noticed one of my neighbors in the building has a "lost cat" sign up, with a picture that looks suspiciously like the second stranger. There's a reward offered, and my roommate's at work again. I'm tempted to leave the window open again, periodically check my roommate's pillow, and maybe make a few bucks.


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Comments (15)

I fought the claw and the c... (Below threshold)
arb:

I fought the claw and the claw won.

Hold a catnip fest but reme... (Below threshold)

Hold a catnip fest but remember what they say, "Cats are just tiny women in cheap fur coats."

Next time, assuming you d... (Below threshold)
mark m:

Next time, assuming you don't need the loot, fill the squirt gun with ammonia. He'll be gone for sure.

I've had to kill mice for m... (Below threshold)
Laura:

I've had to kill mice for my cats because they are so cowardly.

Another senseless attack on... (Below threshold)

Another senseless attack on Americans by members of Al-Kitty.

Hmmm.Hey. It's no... (Below threshold)
ed:

Hmmm.

Hey. It's not YOUR pillow after all.

And money is money, though even more so when it's in your pocket.

:)

Jay Tea...I love the name E... (Below threshold)
Zsa Zsa:

Jay Tea...I love the name Elmo for a kitty. I think you should keep the window open and you could be the pimp of your very own Cat House! If the same kitty keeps coming back you will have repeat business!!! What a purrrrrrrrfect way to make extra money!

You or your roommate didn't... (Below threshold)
-S-:

You or your roommate didn't, perchance, have a copy of "Sleepwalk" by Santo and Johnny playing on a turntable somewhere about, did you?

(You have to appreciate the... (Below threshold)
-S-:

(You have to appreciate the 'works' of Steven King to understand the reference...)

Actually, if I was a cat an... (Below threshold)
fatman:

Actually, if I was a cat and you neutered me and named me after a Muppet, I'd make you do your own dirty work too.

Elmo's probably dealing kit... (Below threshold)
BorgQueen:

Elmo's probably dealing kitty crack (catnip) from your crib.

LOL! Cats are awesome.... (Below threshold)

LOL! Cats are awesome.

I had a stray cat wander into my house once. Absolutely true story- I have witnesses. He made himself at home, ate some of our cats food, drank some milk, let me pet him, then showed his psycho-ninja-kitty skills when he decided he was ready to leave. He demonstrated his ability to defy gravity by climbing 9ft straight up the wall, bounded off it, leaped across the room, flew into the kitchen, jumped into our cabinet with our glasses and cups, manage to slide his super-agile-kitty body behind all of our coffee mugs without knocking a single one over, launched himself out of there like a rocket, and then shot out the back door to our house.

It was the funniest thing I've ever seen.

Maybe I should introduce yo... (Below threshold)
fatman:

Maybe I should introduce you to my brother (the one whose knuckles drag on the ground); he's taken it as his life's mission to "save" every stray cat he finds. Which is why I avoid him at all costs anymore.

One word: antifreeze.... (Below threshold)

One word: antifreeze.

You can avoid problems like... (Below threshold)

You can avoid problems like this by getting rid of the bucket of chum your roommate keeps under his bed...




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