a Cat Against Her Will
cat would not eat. Normally she is in the kitchen screaming
for food before I have coffee in the morning. Not eating is a
sign that something is wrong -- she must be ill. I became
concerned and took her to a veterinarian who ran tests and
took X-rays but found no problems. He gave the cat an appetite
stimulant and had a bill for me that caused me to lose my
The cat still would not eat.
Now I was worried. How long can an animal live
without eating? So, I returned to the vet who said the next
step would be to check her digestive track with a tube, a
surgical procedure. Cats frequently ingest hair while they
groom and, sure enough, there was a large hairball in her
The fur ball was removed and the vet also put
a feeding tube in her neck since she had lost so much weight.
"It's easy to feed them," the vet assured me.
"You can do it at home." The bill this time was
enough to make me cough up a hairball myself.
I took her home and found that before you can
feed a cat, you have to catch her first.
Day One – Cat looks at the human with
wide, green, unblinking eyes as if she knows what's coming and
wants to run away. Naturally, she hates the tube feeding and
prefers to remain on a hunger strike.
Day Two – Human cannot find cat who
has decided to play hide and seek. After looking all over the
house, human finally finds the cat under the bed. The human
has to move the bed to catch her.
Day Three – Human outsmarts the cat
and keeps the doors to the bedrooms closed. Cat outsmarts
human by jumping on top of an entertainment center where the
human cannot reach her.
Day Four – Human cannot find cat in
spite of climbing on a chair to look on top of the
entertainment center. Where is the cat? She has to be here
somewhere. Finally, the human finds her behind the curtains
and manages to grab her before she gets away.
Day Five – Human cannot find cat. Is
this starting to sound familiar? The cat is under the table on
a chair. When the human tries to catch her, she jumps to
another chair, then another and another, playing musical
Day Six – Cat jumps from the sofa to
the top of the curtain rod and finds a new hiding place on top
of a tall hutch. She scrunches down but the human sees her
ears. The human piles up furniture and climbs on it to reach
her. The cat claws the human and hangs on to the hutch for
Day Seven – Cat cannot be found. The
human looks on top of all the tall furniture, behind the
curtains, behind furniture, and under the table. How many
hiding places can a cat find anyhow? Finally, the human
realizes the only possible place left is a three inch high
space under a heavy buffet. Surely she cannot squeeze into a
space that small. The human moves the buffet and barely
catches the cat before she escapes again.
So, the human spent most of the week chasing
the cat from the floor to the ceiling five times a day. I
still cannot figure out how she found so many places to hide.
The human is exhausted and too tired to chase
a cat that can jump like a squirrel and run like a cheetah.
The human is ready to cry. The cat comes to the human, climbs
on her lap and purrs. Only another cat lover can understand.
Of course, the human does not need to catch
her now as the feedings are done for the day. How do animals