Indy was very persistent, so I got up and opened the backdoor.
Headcount first...1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6....
OMG, where is Pole???
Another headcount, checked under all the furniture, looked behind the plants...
Oh no, Pole is gone!
I raised the alarm and woke my husband up.
I quickly went out to the front garden and called for Pole.
There was no sign on her at all.
Thoughts of Pole making her way across that mad mainroad to cross over from SS18 to SS19 flooded my mind. Stay calm, I told myself, whatever happens will happen. Just do your best and look for her.
I continued calling her...
Suddenly, I her mewing...
Yes, it was Pole!!
She was walking on top of the 8 foot wall in the front garden. It is the wall adjoining our house and the next door neighour's. I don't know where she came from but it was unmistakably Pole.
Pole was noticeably scared and she was trying to get down to me, but it was too high.
I called my husband and finally, he got her down from the wall.
We then tried to figure out how on earth she could have escaped...
Tiger helps us in the investigation...
It's that little gap up there, Tiger seems to say.
We checked and yes, the netting had come away from one of the nails. Yesterday, we had already been alerted to his little gap because Pole had kept looking at it, but my husband checked it and a nail had been secured.
Could Pole have flicked the net out from its nail? And how? There is no foothole unless she jumps madly and the keeps pulling at the net until it comes loose. Cats don't do foolish things like that, do they? Or rather, they don't do things that make them look foolish (their pride is too strong for that).
If that is her escape route, OMG, she really IS an escape artiste!
We thought we'd have to ask the contractor to do something about that little gap as soon as possible.
Here's Pole after we got her back this morning, at 3.42am.
Pole kept going back to the sidegate. That's where we realised how she got out. It was probably not through that enigmatic gap. Look at that garden chair? Pole jumped on that chair and used it as a stepping stone to jump onto the upper half of the sidegate where the vertical bars are wider in between. Gosh, how stupid of us to have placed the garden chair at that spot...and how smart of Pole to have figured it out!
And as though helping us confirm our hypothesis, Pole showed us exactly how she got out! Yes, that's her escape route.
Okay, no problem then. Just remove the chair from the gate.
So, the chair was removed and within minutes, guess what happened?
Pole didn't even need the chair. She jumped straight up to the horizontal bar, hooked herself onto it, pulled herself up and she was out in the front garden in a matter of seconds.
OMG...we are dealing with a Houdini reincarnate here....
Looks like we'd have to get the contractor to solder bars in between the existing bars now. The design of the gate would be spoilt, of course, but what to do?
Eventually, perhaps Pole would also be happier being the front-garden cat and we'll let her be as long as we are assured she will be safe and will come back, but for now, we cannot risk having her run away back to our old house.
Where did you go, Pole? And how long were you out there?
I gave Pole some food but she refused, until much later....then, to my surprise, she used Tab's litter-box!
Good girl, Pole.
Here's Pole trying to get into the kitchen. She just wants to get away from the rest. She's very anti-social. Could this be an ingrained attitude in her due to the trauma of being repeatedly chased out by Cow & Bunny four-and-a-half years back?
Indy is nicely settled.
I think from then until now, Pole has shown us her Houdini skills 6 times. Here she is, after a feat. It is effortless on her part. Jump, hook on, pull up, and I'm out! Easy as pie.
We decided to close all the windows inside the house and let her roam inside the rest of the house since she doesn't want to be near any of the other cats.
We did that, and Pole explored every part of the house, but the moment she could not find us, she mewed very worriedly. I suppose that is a good sign -that she gets worried if she is not sure where we are. Can I then assume that she would only go as far as she knows that she can come home to us?
So we let her roam around the entire house, but she kept mewing. I finally brought her back into the room and closed the door to the Bunny's Place, but she wasn't happy being with the other cats.
Sigh, Pole, you have a social problem, don't you? Where do you want to be?
There are going to be many workers coming in today, and I'm managing all alone since everyone else has gone to work by now.
I guess the safest option would be to put her in the cage, but oh, believe me, she is NOT happy at all.
Just for a few hours, Pole, until we get things fixed.
I hope I can get the contractor for the grille today.