Pumpkin more appreciative of home

Our orange male tabby Pumpkin shot out the front door last night as I stood paying the pizza man. The escape artist ran down the slope of the front lawn. I hurried after him pleading for him to come back.

He slowed to a walk as he got to the sidewalk and kept walking south tentatively, ears twitching at the outdoor sounds only animals can hear. He waited for me to catch up and didn’t protest when I picked him up and took him back inside.

He has to be too smart to want to return to the constant danger and hunger he knew as a stray for at least the past two years. I can’t imagine how he ever got any sleep, which house cats do for an average of sixteen hours a day. I expect he is more appreciative now of his new home of almost seven weeks.

3 responses to “Pumpkin more appreciative of home

  1. Stanley,
    Cats are like life itself. They come and go as they please, and just when we think we have some control we get a surprise.

  2. Well, yes they do what they want to in general, but when they decide that a place is their home, they will always return. Their loyalty is to a place more than to a human.

  3. Vet book I’m reading says they “mark” their home with scent from their cheeks and chins, sometimes but not always urine if they’re neutered as P. is. Having noses a thousand times more sensitive than ours, they rely on those scents to find their way back if they stray too far. P. is so obviously a house cat (litter-trained, loves to be petted, and very gentle with me and Mr. B.) he was either abandoned far from home or strayed too far and couldn’t find his way back amid all the conflicting scents. The more he stays the more contented he seems to be. Even when he dodged me and the pizza man to get outside, he slowed his pace almost immediately. He seemed to be having second thoughts. Of course, if I hadn’t followed him, he might have stayed out there longer.