Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Lies my parents told me

I saw a little grey kitty sleeping on the hood of a car in our parking garage. It's there to keep warm. We're having unseasonably cool weather, including the heaviest rainfall in 100 years. Most of us do what we can to cope, and kitty's no different. I see someone's left out food and water for her. Good.

I remember finding out from a friend just a couple years ago that my childhood cat had dropped out of the engine of my family's station wagon one day. He'd crawled in there to get warm and then someone turned on the car...and the rest was history for him, at least.

My parents told me he ran away. I was pretty shocked to learn the real gruesome story. Actually my parents told me all my cats ran away. To this day I'm nervous about letting my cats out because I don't want them to run away.

But I've learned that they're homebodies and they don't wander far. And somehow, with that amazing animal instinct, they can always find their way home - even to the right apartment in a big building.

Which begs the question...what really happened to all my cats?


cantellya said...

How sad! That used to happen frequently where I lived in the Bay Area. Unfortunately my parents couldn't lie to me, because I'd seen it happen with all the wild kittens.

Anonymous said...

I've got yer cats. If you want to see them again, you'd better leave 10 K under the bridge. Tonight. And no funny stuff.

Anonymous said...

Just to set the record straight, we had no idea what had happened to that kitten until years after "the accident". It was our neighbor, Larry, who saw/heard what happened and he never told us anything about until many moons later. One night after he'd had a few and was reminiscing about when our kids were small, out came this shocking story.
The perpetrator (driver) claims to have had no knowledge the alledged felinecide.
(Yes, I really am the mom, but I was not the "driver".)

Anonymous said...

This problem is fairly easily avoided with a little effort. Every time you get into the car, spend a few seconds banging on the hood. Then stand back and give the potential engine cat time and space to run away. Repeat the process just to be sure.

It's an extra minute at most before you start driving, and will save everyone (especially the cats) a lot of pain and sadness.

Spread the word!