Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Rascal's "Adventure"

Rascal's Mom here. Something happened yesterday that we are wondering might be a clue about what happened to Catzee.

Rascal usually sleeps during the day and then wants to go out at night. We make him come in at bedtime, but he pesters us to go out anywhere between 3:30 and 4:30 am. Yesterday morning was no exception.

When we got up, it was raining pretty hard. I called him, expecting him to come running as he usually does. He doesn't like baths, but he isn't particularly fussy about water either and I've seen him run straight through puddles to get to the house. That time however, he didn't come.

OK. Sometimes he's preoccupied, so after about ten minutes, we called again. Still no Rascal. Rascal's dad took a quick walk around the house and outbuildings in the rain; no Rascal. We pondered a bit, and then Dan put on rain gear and headed out for the woods. He later told me that when he got to the edge of the woods, he heard Rascal, meowing faintly.

It took a few minutes to find him, but Rascal was up in a tree, about roof high, hanging for dear life onto a branch. Dan eventually got him down and carried him home in the rain. He was soaked to the bone, but seemed otherwise uninjured. He's not a tree climber, so the only thing we can figure is that something chased him up the tree.

After breakfast and treats, he gave himself a good long bath and slept all day long, never once asking to go out. We checked him over, and except for walking like he's a little stiff and sore, he's okay. He didn't ask to go out last night (very unusual) and all he's done today is sleep.

We've concluded that whatever it was, was pretty scary. We don't know how long he had been in the tree, but it could have been for several hours in the pouring rain. It was fortunate he was able to get to safety, but now of course we wonder about Catzee. When she first disappeared we both scoured the place for any sign of her remains, but never found a thing. I also watched the sky for vultures, but never saw these either, so we hoped she was still alive.

We're back in the woods fairly often and have never seen any sign of animal life. Several times we've seen deer in our fields, but except for a few abandoned dens in the woods, nothing else. Neither have we seen stray dogs roaming about. The neighbors tell tales of coyotes, but no one has seen one for years.

Catzee disappeared during the day, while Rascal's adventure was at night or in the early dawn hours so it's hard to come to anything conclusive. Whether or not she got disoriented and lost, was picked by someone, or was killed by something, I doubt we'll ever know. However, something is back there and whatever it is needs to be caught.

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13 Comments:

At Tuesday, October 13, 2009 1:32:00 PM, Blogger The Meezers said...

oh my. we are so sorry that you had such a bad adventure Rascal! and we hopes that whatever it is didn't get Catzee, poor baby. Lots of purrrsssss and hugs to you all. Be careful Rascal!

 
At Tuesday, October 13, 2009 4:01:00 PM, Blogger Cheysuli and gemini said...

Rascal, we are so glad you are safe. We hope that Catzee merely got fed and taken in by another family some place. Purrs.

 
At Tuesday, October 13, 2009 4:02:00 PM, Blogger MiniKat said...

If we lived any closer, I'd have my FH (fuzzy husband/fuzzy hunter) come over and look around for whatever treed Rascal. I agree. It does sound like there is something back there and needs to be caught.

 
At Tuesday, October 13, 2009 4:11:00 PM, Blogger Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a frightening adventure. We still hope Catzee is all right and will be home.

 
At Tuesday, October 13, 2009 4:47:00 PM, Blogger Renee said...

I'm so glad that Rascal is okay. Too bad we can't get him to tell us what happened.

 
At Tuesday, October 13, 2009 9:38:00 PM, Blogger William said...

How very scary for Rascal! We're glad his dad found him OK.

What about dogs? A long time ago my mom was feeding a cat (a good-sized intact tom) a neighbor had abandoned when a pack of four or five dogs got him. Mom scared the dogs off and the cat ran way high up a tree and wouldn't come down. Later, when Mom got home from work, it took some time to find the cat, who'd found his way out of the tree and taken refuge in a rickety old shack a few lots away. This was in a pretty rural area, so maybe dogs might be something to consider.

Russell and I think it might be aliens, though.

Hey, my word is 'amuse'!

 
At Wednesday, October 14, 2009 1:22:00 PM, Blogger meowmeowmans said...

Wow, that's really scary. We're glad Rascal is safe and sound. Be careful!

 
At Thursday, October 15, 2009 11:11:00 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

We are all so relieved to hear that Rascal is OK. I'm with you, Leigh...something is probably cruising your woods and needs to be caught, not only to protect Rascal, but also for your and your DH's protection.
Keep us posted! Need to borrow a have-a-heart trap??? :) Daisy says it sure worked on her.
Kathy & the Sheep Thrills Mob
(including L'il Rascal & Mooch)

 
At Friday, October 16, 2009 8:57:00 AM, Blogger Dorothy said...

Rascal is so brave - running up a tree when he isn't a tree climbing cat. No wonder he was tired out, I hope he's better now.

Could another cat have chased Rascal, or do you have more scary animals? Stray dogs can be nasty, my pet rabbits were killed by a dog many years ago. If there are coyotes about, I don't know much about them, but aren't they a sort of wild dog? I'm thinking that you might want to know what's out there before you get goats.

 
At Monday, October 19, 2009 10:16:00 PM, Blogger meemsnyc said...

Oh Rascal! Whatever chased you up the tree must have been real scary. We are glad you are safe!

 
At Tuesday, October 27, 2009 4:41:00 PM, Blogger Helen said...

I ma glad that Rascal managed to rescue himself-what an adventure! I hope you find whatever it is. I can well believe a dog might be the culprit but what else could be out there?

 
At Thursday, October 29, 2009 6:24:00 AM, Blogger Parker said...

Oh dear! Poor Rascal!
I hope he stays safe!

 
At Thursday, November 12, 2009 3:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bears, i'll bet you anything.

 

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