We thought we had it all figured out?
No, Pole is always one step ahead. And she's smart and devious, too.
This morning, everyone had breakfast and Pole had hers in the cage. After that, I cleaned her litter-box and let her out to stretch.
Last night, when I let her out, she went to the sidegate and looked at the gap and the gate at what we thought was her escape route, or rather, what she wanted us to think.
But we were all fooled.
That was not her escape route.
This morning, Pole walked nonchalantly to the sidegate, stretched herself, scratched at the bench and seemed contented.
Then, she walked back towards the room. I thought she was going inside the room and was happy to let her hang out with the rest of the clan.
But that was just a diversion.
Suddenly, she made a bee-line for the pantry counter and before I knew it (because this was totally unexpected), she jumped onto the ledge and as quick as lightning, she dashed for the hole at the gutter (as discovered by Cleo earlier), and before I could do anything, Pole disappeared.
Oh no, please...not again. Not again!
I called my husband's hp and called the housephone (since everyone was still asleep), but no one woke up.
I had to follow Pole. She trotted along the roof, and went to the side, and that's when I dashed upstairs to wake my husband up.
By the time I got down again, there was no sign of Pole anymore.
Sigh....okay, what to do? It's happening all over again, my nightmare at dawn.
The psychic's words rang in my ears - she's trying to get back to the old house, he said. But we doubt this as even yesterday, she only hung around a certain radius from Bunny's Place, not daring to go far.
But once I have been told, I would never disregard any possibility. Maybe today is the day she would attempt the long and hazardous journey "home" to our old neighbourhood. Maybe she's had it with being caged already. NO MORE, she says. I'm going home.
Even so, what to do? Have to just hope she would come back. There was no sign of her at all. I thought she would have gone to that niche on the neighbour's roof again. HOPEFULLY that's where she went. At least I know (and hope!) by evening, she will come back again. She just had a big breakfast and won't be hungry till evening.
So I sat down, calmed myself and started writing this post to tell everyone that I've been fooled by Pole again. What an idiot I am. A real idiot deserving of being called an "idiot", really.
Five minutes into writing this post, my husband opened the door and there was Pole, in his arms!!
Apparently, Pole had gone from the side roof to the front roof this time and mewed at him when he was in the bathroom.
Ah...she's exploring the front now.
From the bathroom window, my husband stretched his arms out and grabbed her. Anyway, I think she did want to get in, that's why she mewed from the front roof.
So, my nightmare ended after about 10 minutes of a heart-attack and several days off my lifespan.
Staring at the gap (the small hole in the netting), making me think that would be her next route of escape.
Cleo looking out. You're not thinking of escaping too, are you? Please, no.
Then, the Houdini-styled escape happened (as described above) right before my eyes.
After 10 minutes, my husband brought her back into the room.
He said he should not be the one placing her in the cage or she would never trust him again. Absolutely true. We can't lose her trust in him. I'll be the bad person and the one who will cage her when he is not around so that she won't associate being caged with him at all. Only with me.
Look at that innocent face...
You wouldn't think she'd be this devious, would you?
She's not happy inside the room, so I had to place her back into the cage.
She's not happy in the cage either. For the last 15 minutes, it's been non-stop trying to look for a way out of the cage. Pole is very determined now and this scares me.
Will she still be here when I get home from work today? I cannot find a way how she can possibly escape from this cage, but with Pole, you'll never know.
Will Cleo escape next, since Cleo too discovered the gutter route a few days ago? I don't know. We think Cleo is a bit too big to squeeze through the gutter hole and that's what prevented her from going out that day. But again, who knows?
The only next thing I can do is to tie ribbons on the cage-door to secure it. I don't know what else to do already.
Pole, if you escape again, PLEASE be safe and please be well, and please come back for food. You already know the entrances on the roof. Please do not attempt to go back to the old house, Pole. There is nothing there for you.
I have also considered the possibility that IF Pole really wants to be in the old neighbourhood so much, we could take her back there when my parents move into my old house next week. But I don't know if she would come back to my old house for food. I could buy food for my mum to feed her, but will she go back there? Or would she try to come back to us, which is a nightmare in equal, if not worse, proportions, right?
Some say cats are attracted to the physical house, some say they are attracted to the people. For Pole, which is it?
All these thoughts and possibilities...for all you know, all she wants is to be free to roam around this new house and she is just curious, that's all. No sophisticated plans of going anywhere, I just want to explore. You crazy humans think too much.
Will Pole still be here when I come back from work today?
Will Cleo still be here?
Will anyone still be here?
Squash the crazy thoughts!!
Where is the contractor??? Sigh...that's the thing with these contractors, they don't do small jobs.