August 2010 Issue

Wanderlust of the Outdoor Cat

Your pet may have an uptown home and a downtown pad — a time-sharing routine that is his little secret.

Recently, a woman asked for advice in a chat room for pet enthusiasts. She explained that her outdoor cat would go off for days, sometimes a week at a time. Naturally, she would worry about him. Then, just as mysteriously as he had left, he would show up again at her door and make himself at home as he always did. One day during one of her cat’s absences, the woman went to visit a neighbor down the street. As the neighbor asked her in for a cup of coffee, the woman shouted, "There’s my cat!" Indeed, there was her cat lounging on her neighbor’s couch.

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