Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Au Returns

Au didn't turn up for breakfast yesterday morning. This is not unusual. Our senior cat has his bowl of fish anytime between 6AM and 9AM. Occasionally he comes home from his morning patrol and goes straight to bed, reserving breakfast for lunch.

But yesterday morning he just didn't turn up. At 11AM I got really worried about him. Accompanied by Target, I check the various places Au likes to sleep: the cupboard under the stairs, the laundry stack, the spare bedroom, the rug in the upstairs office... but there was no sign of him.

I called outside and still there was nothing. By now it was 1130 and I was getting very worried. I was debating whether to ask the neighbours if they'd seen Au when he walked into the kitchen, sat down and yawned.

I was so relieved, I picked him up and hugged him. As a sensible cat who is not into hugs, Au was of course upset by this.

He put his ears back and pushed me away. Get off me, you silly woman, his look said. But when he realised I'd been worried about him, he relented and rubbed his head against my chin. He then took immediate advantage by demanding a big breakfast.

I still don't know whether Au was in the house all this time or whether he was out somewhere. But one thing's for sure: he is currently residing in bed. And by the way he's parked himself on a tangle of bed sheets it looks like the bed won't be made for some time.

I don't care. All that matters is that Au is home.


Gemini and Ichiro said...

Au I am glad you turned up safe and sound. What were you doing and where were you doing it? It might be fun!

Deana said...

They do seem to know when we were worried about them and forgive our overprotectiveness! Our senior cat Dale was gone all morning and afternoon Saturday and we were worried sick thinking she'd died or something. She never goes far away yet came home through the back woods.

meemsnyc said...

I'm glad Au returned. Big hugs.


I am a cat mom, I don't let them
out of my sight when they're
outside, the kitties are my
furever friends. I'd miss them
way too much. I am so happy you
found Au and you are happy too!
(Smiles + Purrs)

Gattina said...

Hahaha ! that's so typical for male cats ! When, overwhelmed by love, I cuddle Arthur, he also gets upset and hisses at me ! Afterwards he regrets and then also rubs his face against my legs. I remember one day when I was looking for him eveywhere in the house and outside and saw him finally coming out of my wardrobe, where he had slept BEHIND the bedsheets !!

Luna und Luzie said...

I´m glad Au returned safe.
That was cat like.

Anonymous said...

Gandalf was once missing overnight when we first moved to our new house. Gandalf was so happy to see Mom that he just leaped onto her shoulder, all the while talking to her of his great adventure. Mom just cried.

CRIZ LAI said...

Awww... you got me worried there. I understand the worries you had as I had the same experiences with Jessica missing... but for days.

I'm glad that Au is home in his comfy make-do bed.. haha.


Irishcoda said...

I'm glad Au reappeared so quickly. I would get so paranoid when my outdoor cats would disappear for hours and sometimes days.

catsynth said...

We're really glad that Au returned home safely.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to visit you so late but I really so busy! I imagine your worry when you were looking for him!