The Adventures of my FurKid – part 4

The Adventures of my FurKid – part 4

We moved out of the townhouse in December 2015, into a house with a garden. Pringles was very skittish for the first few weeks in the new house, which was understandable, and all he wanted to do was get out into the garden so that he could hide underneath the house. We kept him locked inside for a week, just to be safe, we didn’t want him running away and we finally let him out for the first time a few days before Christmas.


The house has a rainwater tank (we aren’t connected to council water supply) and I was woken up early one morning, just before sunrise, during our first week in our ‘new’ house, with Pringles yowling “Mom, Mom!”.  It’s his ‘rescue me’ meow that sounds exactly like a small child calling for mom. I went outside armed with a torch, as it was still dark, and a tumbler of water to find Pringles sitting up on top of the water tank and the other cat sitting on the ground at the base. Pringles saw me and suddenly got all brave because he now had backup, he leaped off the water tank and chased the other cat over the grass, down the garden, and over the back fence onto the golf course, before he came sauntering back as if to say “Did you see, Mom? Did you see? I chased him!” I haven’t seen that cat in our garden again, but its so funny how Catty needs backup before he gets all brave.


That summer was particularly warm and the cicadas were out in full-force, singing their deafening song and flying around all over the place. I was getting tired of catching all the cicadas that flew inside the house and putting them back out the window, only to have them fly back in again. Pringles was busy sunning himself in the bay window one morning, when a cicada flew in. He had no idea what it was and as usual, just ignored it. I had something in mind, so I called him and and used the words we’d trained him with to indicate that there was food or a snack. Well, he pounced on the cicada, played with it for a little while and then ate it. The next cicada that flew in didn’t stand a chance! As soon as he heard the flapping wings, he dashed across the room, pounced and ate it. He obviously likes the taste of cicada.

One year later, he actively hunts them in the garden, listening for the noise that they make before creeping up on them and either pouncing, or jumping up to knock it off a branch if it’s sitting in a bush. We no longer refer to them as cicadas, they’re now called “Catty snacks”.  I don’t mind him eating a few of these insects, as there are thousands of them around in summer, and it’s not like he eats all that many in a day.


Not long after we moved into the house, Pringles decided that our garden wasn’t a big enough territory for him, and he took to roaming the neighbours gardens as well. He soon learned (by accident) that the neighbour on our right has a small dog. One morning, Pringles came leaping over the 6ft fence, as fast as he could go, with his tail all puffed up and eyes as big as saucers. The dog must have snuck up on him, even though they’ve told me that the dog is “cat-friendly”, and Pringles must have been caught unawares because usually he’ll stand up to a dog if he feels the dog is in ‘his’ territory.

Since then, he seems to only roam our garden and the neighbours garden on the left of us. Thankfully, the neighbours don’t mind my Catty going to visit and my “lion” can often be found lying in a sunny spot at the bottom of their garden, or ‘supervising’ the gardening and ‘overseeing’ other odd jobs.


Pringles loves attention and will often seek it out, especially if he hears voices out in the neighbour’s garden. There have been mornings when he’s been lying peacefully at my feet while I work, only to suddenly disappear out of the cat flap to go and see who’s in his extended territory (aka the neighbour’s garden). Often when I pop out out to run errands he’ll wait a few minutes before hopping over the low fence to go over for a cuddle, or to sit on the their windowsill and sun himself. He’s never done this with any of our other neighbours in the past, and we’ve never encouraged it, but he’s even followed a door-to-door salesman from our house to theirs, just like a dog.  He’s definitely adopted our neighbours as part of his “family”, and least I know where to look for him if I can’t find him at home.  I also know that there’s someone keeping an eye on him, especially if I’m out for the day, or if I’m busy with clients, and I don’t have to worry about him wandering off around the neighbourhood, as he tends to stay between these two gardens.

We do still lock him in at night, purely for my own peace-of-mind. We live on a busy road and I’d hate for him to be run over at night. It also stops other cats from coming into our house, and it protects the wild hedgehogs in our garden, and any other nocturnal creatures from being tormented at night.


Catty is very happy to finally have his own garden and is still very playful for his 10 years. We’d warned the neighbours that he is a “cat-burglar” (see part 2) and it was almost as if Pringles heard me. A few days later, he brought a rag in through the cat flap. I returned it next door and the following day, the rag was back. This backwards and forwards game with the cloth continued for a week, until it was knotted to the railing and my little rascal couldn’t pull it loose.


Winter arrived and we finally got to use our fireplace. This is the first time we’ve ever had a fireplace and Pringles had no idea what it was. It went from being something extremely scary (with him hiding under the bed), to it being tolerated from across the lounge, to becoming his best friend, and by the end of winter he couldn’t seem get close enough!  On days when it’s not cold enough to light a fire, he now goes and sits in front of it, waiting for us to light it, giving us disgusted looks when he realizes that that’s not going to happen.


We recently went away for a week and a few days after we returned from our trip to Gisborne and Rotorua, Catty woke me up unexpectedly. He’d waited until hubby had literally just left for work at 6am, before waking me up with this deep, guttural “rowr, rowr, rowr.”  Still half asleep, I wondered if the cat was meowing because he hadn’t been let out yet, and it was only when he made the deep-throated “rowr” noise again, that I realised it was an “I’ve brought you a present” rowr and not a “let me out” or “feed me” meow.

I turned the light on in the bedroom and there on the carpet was this large insect. At first I thought it was a huge spider and started to panic, but then I saw the feelers and realised what it was. For those of you who don’t know what a New Zealand Weta looks like, its sort of like a large cricket on steroids and about 6cm long (click on this link to read more about Weta). This was the first Weta I’ve seen up close and I just wanted to get it outside before the cat ate it, or it crawled into a cupboard, so I didn’t get a very good look at it. I’m not sure if it was a ground weta or a treeweta weta, I just grabbed a tissue, picked it up in and wanted to get it out of the window and into the garden as fast as possible, before I got a serious case of the heebie-jeebies!


Murphy’s Law, while I was carrying it from the passage into the lounge, to get it to a window the leads out to the garden, I dropped it! It was still fairly dark, so I fumbled around trying to find the right light switch for the room, hoping that I wouldn’t accidentally step on it in the process as I was barefoot, and once I got a light on, the weta had simply disappeared! Now, I knew that it was impossible for something as large as that weta to just simply vanish into thin air. I had dropped it mere seconds ago and it was in an open carpeted area. Where could it be? … After a few minutes of looking around, I glanced down at my leg, and there it was, clinging tightly onto the leg of my pyjama pants for dear life! Eeeek! And this thing just wouldn’t let go! Eventually I pulled quite firmly and the weta let go, and I was able to put it out onto the outside windowsill. The last I saw of it, it was happily crawling along the side of our house above the garden, fully intact and completely unharmed, as I’d manage to rescue it before Catty decided that he wanted the gift back.

I’ve learned over the years that when Catty brings me a gift, it’s usually caught and carried inside very gently and carefully, and is normally unharmed when he delivers it. If I’m going to rescue the ‘gift’, I have to move quickly, otherwise he changes his mind and either starts playing with it, which leads to his claws coming out, or he delivers a fatal nip that usually signifies that he’s going to eat it (and possibly leave a nice mess on the carpet).


Christmas Eve … he’s eager to open his presents!

Well, that’s all I have for now, but I’m sure there’ll be a part 5 coming up in a few years’ time, as Pringles is always up to no good and seems to love having these little “adventures”.

The Adventures of my FurKid – part 3

The Adventures of my FurKid – part 3

A few weeks after I’d posted Part 2, we were rudely awoken at 2am one morning, to the hair-raising sounds of a catfight taking place in our lounge. I thought this was rather odd, as we lock Pringles inside at night and I wondered if I’d forgotten to lock the flap. I slowly crept down the stairs, torch in hand, hair on my neck standing on end, yet ready to break up a cat fight.  I got downstairs and turned on the light, only to find my dear pussycat in a full on yowling match with his own reflection! The heavy blackout curtains in the lounge and bright streetlights were enough to create a perfectly clear reflection of himself in the window. Silly cat!

Using his scratching log as a pillow

After frustratingly trying to teach Pringles how to use the new cat flap (he’d used one in South Africa, so this wasn’t a completely new concept), the silly sausage still hadn’t figured out how to go outside. If I let him out through the front door and then closed the door, “locking” him out, he’d come in through the cat flap quite happily, but he just couldn’t seem to wrap his head around the fact that it worked both ways, and he wouldn’t go out the house via the cat flap. He’d sit there scratching at the window, waiting for someone (usually me) to either open a door or hold the cat flap open before leaping through. He had free reign of the townhouse’s small garden during the day but did get locked inside at night, not only for his own safety and my peace of mind.  I don’t want him being run over or getting into cat fights, and it’s also for the safety of the NZ noctural wildlife.  I don’t want Pringles hunting and bringing in innocent creatures during the night. He seemed to get used to being locked inside after a few weeks, and he began coming in on his own as soon as it started getting dark, curling up in his bed, quite happy to settle in for the night.


Sneaking into our bed, when he has a perfectly good cat bed of his own!

One chilly winter’s evening, we were sitting watching something on TV, and Pringles was curled up in his cat bed with his soft baby blanket draped over him.  There were soft snoring noises and grunts being emitted from the depths of his bed. Dear Catty must have been fast asleep when all of a sudden he shot out of the bed, levitating about a metre off the floor, he went higher than our coffee table.  He landed on all four paws and immediately levitated again before sitting on the floor next to his bed. He looked at the bed, looked at us and had this really confused look on his face, before acting all sheepish. He must have been having a nightmare when his bed suddenly decided to “eat” him. It really was funny and we couldn’t help but laugh at him. Unfortunately, it’s one of those had-to-be-there moments that I wish I could have captured on video. We still laugh about it, years later!


We went to South Africa for three weeks in May 2015, to attend a family wedding, visit friends, and do a bit of sightseeing. Upon our return, we collected Pringles from the cattery that we’d put him in and they warned us that they’d had a few sneezing cats the week before and that we must just watch him in case it’s cat flu (which is highly contagious). We got him home and he was fine that day and was very happy to be home, full of purrs and constantly wanting love and to be scratched or petted. There was the odd sneeze but nothing that I was worried about.

The next day he sneezed a lot.  I started to think something was wrong but it was a Saturday afternoon and the Vet had already closed for the day, so I had to wait until Monday morning before speaking to them. Pringles kept us up that entire night with a runny nose and loud sneezing fits. By Monday morning, he was so blocked up that he had to breathe through his mouth, and he kept waking us up every two hours (at night) with continual sneezing fits, coughing and a blocked nose. He even stopped eating and drinking. It was like having a sick baby in the house.

Early Monday morning, off to the Vet we went, only to be told that he did have the dreaded cat flu! There are three types of Cat Flu; one viral that doesn’t respond to antibiotics and two bacterial types that can be treated with antibiotics. As it turned out, he had the horrible viral kind, the one that is really bad and cats can die from it if not treated in time. The poor little guy was running a very high fever (40.8°C, normal for a cat is around 38°C) but thankfully the flu was limited to his nose and throat and hadn’t gone into his chest yet. We had managed to catch it early. The vet gave him painkillers and an antibiotic injection to prevent him from getting a secondary bacterial infection, and I paid my hefty vet bill before taking my poor kitty home and tucking him up into his bed. I felt helpless, there wasn’t much that I could do to help him, he just had to fight this off on his own.


One very sick kitty

I had to dose him up once a day with painkillers, as well as a precautionary antibiotic and he got half a L-Lysine tablet crushed and added to his food. Thankfully I keep an L-Lysine supplement in my cupboard for when I get a coldsore, so I had some already. The viral cat flu causes coldsore-like blisters on the soft palate in the mouth, inside the nasal cavaties and in the throat. It’s no wonder my poor kitty didn’t want to eat! It was so bad that I had to force-feed him food and water with a syringe for two days and he finally “asked” for breakfast after being on the meds for a few days, which was great. It meant that I was able to medicate him in his food, without me having to force-feed them to him.

Poor Catty sounded awful! I had to lock him inside as it was far too cold outside for me to let him out, there was a chilly winter wind blowing and I had to prevent him for developing a further infection, pneumonia or from infecting other neighbourhood cats. I had placed his bed next to the window, in the weak winter sun, to keep him warm and tucked him up in his bed under his baby blanket. Unfortunately, he had to get used to using his ’emergency’ litter box until he got better, he hates having to use an undignified litter box and prefers to go out in the garden.


Unfortunately, we just had to sit and wait it out. Poor Catty’s nose was so badly blocked, yet it kept running at the same time and breathing was really difficult for him. If he wasn’t trying to breathe through his mouth, which cats hate to do, then he was trying to breathe through his nose and was constantly sniffing, sneezing and coughing. The vet said it could take anything from three to fourteen days for it to clear. I felt so sorry for him, there wasn’t much that I could do to help alleviate his symptoms. I did try to “steam” him twice a day to try clear his sinuses and would run the hot water in the shower until the bathroom was all steamy (just like you do when a child has croup) and then I’d carry him into the bathroom and stand there holding him in the steam for a few minutes until it sounded like his breathing got a little easier. At night, I just put him in the bathroom with me when I had a bath or shower and he would simply sit there and breathe in the steam all by himself. It did seem to help a little and he got into a routine where he would follow us upstairs whenever one of us went to bath or shower.

A few days later, he still wasn’t eating properly and I had to force-feed him his meds as he refused to eat his breakfast and the painkillers and L-Lysine are mixed into his morning food portion. “It’s easy and very simple to force-feed him his meds in a syringe” the vet said. “Just mix a teaspoon of wet food with a teaspoon of water and add his meds. Put the 10ml mixture into a syringe and just trickle it into his mouth. It’s easy.”, he said. Hahaha, I wonder if he’s ever actually tried to force-feed an ex-feral adult cat with a syringe?

Selfie!  (with bald patch on his front leg from his anaesthetic two weeks ago)

Eventually, he started to come right but then we had another set-back and he wouldn’t eat or drink. After trying to get Pringles to eat by himself and him not being interested, I tried for ten minutes to feed him with a syringe and he wasn’t tolerating it! Catty was growling at me, squirming and scratching my arms, cat food was going everywhere and I was getting really frustrated. I had managed to feed him with a syringe the night before I’d taken him to the vet, when the cat flu had first flared up, but he must have felt really miserable at that stage because feeding him then was a breeze; he just lay there and lapped it up.  Eventually, I gave up and had my own breakfast. An hour later, I tried again. I had better luck the second time but he still wasn’t a happy Catty. Fifteen minutes later, his medication and food mix had been (frustratingly) administered, after which dear Catty decided that he was now hungry and went and sat by his food bowl, waiting for some more food.  Why???!!! *Sigh* Why wouldn’t he just eat his meds and then get his “fishy” afterwards without all the fuss? Sometimes it’s just like having a naughty toddler in the house!

He's not so good at Hide 'n Seek (4 May)

Playing Hide-‘n-Seek … he’s not so good at hiding

I hated force-feeding Pringles. I knew that I was trying to help him but in his eyes, I just seemed to be a big, bad meanie that was trying to shove unwanted stuff down his throat. His blocked nose still sounded really awful but it finally felt like his fever had broken, as he wasn’t feeling as hot as he had been. What really irritated me about this whole episode was how blasé the cattery was about it. Cat flu is serious and highly contagious, cats die from it. It worried me that the carrier or sick cat may still have been in there, hadn’t been quarantined and that other people’s cats may be being infected too. At least my Catty was out and I was doing the best I could to nurse him back to health. I just wished that there was more that I could do for him. It’s so hard to describe how awful he looked and sounded. He lost a total of 500g, not a lot to most people, but to a 6.5kg cat, it’s a lot! Just to give you an idea of what he sounded like, it was as bad as a human adult with a really bad case of the flu, without being able to blow his nose.

To make matters even more frustrating, I only noticed after the force-feeding episodes that the critical care food the vet had given me to mix with his medication was chicken & pork flavoured and my fussy cat doesn’t like eating anything that’s not fish flavoured.  I then had an idea and wondered if I mixed his meds with fish flavoured cat food if he’d happily eat it, saving both him and me the trauma of the force-feeding, and it worked! You’d think that after having had him for so many years that I’d know this and think to check food flavours first. Well, after three days of force-feeding, he happily ate his meds all by himself and all the (unnecessary) stress had been for nothing, all because his food wasn’t fish flavoured!

Chilling on the deck

Pringles was really ill with this cat flu, it took four months for him to fully recover from it and there definitely were times when it was touch-and-go and we thought we were going to lose him. Unfortunately, now that the virus is in his system, he has it for life and as soon as he gets a little stressed out, it flares up again and he starts sneezing. The virus remains dormant in the body in the same way that the coldsore (herpes simplex) virus does in humans. Giving him L-Lysine in his food when he starts sneezing does help to suppress the virus and so far, we haven’t had another full-on bout of cat flu. Hopefully we never have to go through that again!



Part 4 of The Adventures of my FurKid (which contains more funny stories, like in parts 1 & 2) is now available, click here.

Begging to be dried after he's been out in the rain

Asking to be dried after being caught outside in a sudden rain shower


The Adventures of my FurKid – part 2

The words “Cat burglar” definitely come to mind when I think about another phase that Pringles went through.  It started off with him bringing home dried leaves and palm fronds (our neighbour saw this and asked if he was nesting.  Haha!).  This soon became rags or items of laundry that had been dropped in the garden or had blown off the washline.  Then one night he brought home a pair of little boy’s shorts.  There was only one family in the block with a little boy under the age of two, so I was able to return the shorts the next day, along with an explanation.


The following week, it was a pair of brand new, clean, Woolworths ladies panties (boyshort style), with the tags still attached.  I had no idea who they belonged to, so I hung them up on the communal washing line, hoping that the owner would claim them.  The next night, another pair of the same brand new, clean, Woolworths boyshorts (same size but different pattern from the previous night, tags still attached).  These went into a plastic bag as the other pair was still hanging on the line outside.  When he appeared the next evening carrying a third pair of these brand new undies (yet another pair, same size, different pattern), I knew I had to do something.  Showing him the offending item and telling him he was a ‘bad cat’ was not working.

Somewhere out there was a poor woman missing three pairs of brand new underwear, quite possibly from inside her locked apartment, and I could only imagine what would be going through her mind when she realized they were missing.  So, when the third pair arrived, out I went straight away, at 7pm, armed with the latest pair of undies and my ‘not-so-innocent’ Catty happily trotting along behind me. It was almost as if he was interested to see if I could solve the mystery of where he was getting them from.  I knocked on every door that had an open window or open door where he could have possibly gained access, and asked if the underwear belonged to anyone in that apartment, explaining the situation and that this was now the 3rd pair!  Obviously, this brought forth many chuckles, a few “Oh, he’s so cute!” when Catty popped his head around the door, but it did not solve the problem;  no one admitted to owning the underwear.

I began to wonder where in the neighbourhood he was getting them from, and how far he was roaming.  It must have been an extremely funny sight to see.  Just picture a ginger cat merrily trotting down the sidewalk with a pair of panties dangling from his mouth.  Over the next two nights, two more pairs of brand new boyshorts appeared.  Whoever this lady was, she was now missing five pairs of brand new underwear!  If it was me, I’d be seriously worried about how my underwear going missing from inside my (locked) house, with no clue as to how someone had gotten in, or how it had gone missing.  I kept the brand new underwear in a plastic bag in case we discovered the owner and could return them, but we never did.  The still brand new underwear was eventually added to a load of second-hand clothing that was donated to a local charity shop.

As I mentioned earlier, my Catty is a hunter and he will hunt anything that moves; grasshoppers, lizards, butterflies, the occasional bird (although we’ve discouraged bird hunting) and even your feet, if he’s in the mood.  Being on the rather “festively plump” side, more often than not, thankfully it’ll be a near miss when it comes to stalking birds, but he has managed to catch three in the five years that we’ve had him. Usually he’ll bring them to us very gently, as unharmed ‘gifts’, and we’re able to rescue them and set them free. But there was one occasion when I woke up one morning to find our lounge looking like a murder scene.  There was a large pool of blood on the carpet and feathers everywhere! He’d managed to catch a sleepy pigeon during the night, and had decided that this one was not going to be a gift, he was going to eat it! Having to clean bird blood out of a cream coloured carpet at 6am, before going to work, was not my idea of fun and Pringles knew he was in trouble! He made himself very scarce and went off to to hide in the garden.


Four years after we’d first got Pringles, we ended up installing a cat flap in our front door.  He’d always used a kitchen window to get in an out of but after an attempted break-in at 2am one morning, the cat flap became a necessity.  We hadn’t even had the flap for a week, when we were rudely awoken at 5am with very loud meowing and yowling.  Thinking that there was a cat fight going on in our lounge, we padded through the house, my heart pounding in my chest, only to find Catty lying outside on the doormat with his front paw trapped in cat flap.  He’d been playing with it, swatting at the flap as if it were a toy and had gotten his paw well and truly wedged between the flap and the frame!  His paw was upturned and the flap had become wedged in between the soft little paw pads.  How we eventually got it free, I have no idea!  Unfortunately, he did not learn his lesson and the same thing happened a second time, about a month later, also in the early hours of the morning.

I’ll never forget the afternoon that I thought my cat was going to die.  I came home from work to find him playing with something in the garden. Thinking that it was just an insect of some sort, I left him alone, as he often supplemented his diet by eating insects and lizards. The next thing I know, he’s shaking his front paw frantically and there’s this long, thin, green thing hanging off it. A snake!

I ran down the stairs and onto the grass to go rescue my Catty, completely ignoring my absolute fear of snakes. Meanwhile he was rather irritated that this thing had bitten him and proceeded to pounce on its body with his other front paw. By the time I reached him, he’d bitten the snake a few times and had broken its neck. With my heart pounding, I picked up my cat, leaving the snake on the grass and ran upstairs with him in my arms, tears streaming down my face, hysterically shouting for my hubby and crying “My Catty’s been bitten by a snake! He’s going to die!”.

I was asked what kind of snake it was, and if I was sure it was dead and that it hadn’t already slithered off.  How would I know?  To me, a snake is a snake and in my mind, they’re all poisonous, horrible things that I prefer to stay away from. I wasn’t going to hang around to see if it was really and truly dead. I was more worried about getting Catty to the Vet!  Hubby went off to investigate, with Catty and I trailing sheepishly behind. As it turns out it was only a harmless bush snake (not poisonous), and yes, it was dead!


In July 2013, we moved halfway around the world and I chose to take my Catty with me.  Many people told me that I was crazy.  Yes, it was expensive, but I couldn’t bear the thought of having to leave my FurKid behind.

He went through a lot with this move.  He was put into a cattery for a month before we flew so that they could do all the vaccinations, inoculations and paperwork required.  I also didn’t want him to be around while we packed up the flat, as I was trying to reduce his stress levels as much as possible.  He flew on a different airline to us (via Sydney, which made his flight shorter) and was placed in quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in the new country.  When we finally went to collect him, I hadn’t seen him for 6 weeks!

We arrived at the quarantine facility and they took me through to see him.  I called his name and got no response.  Not even an ear twitch of recognition.  I was hurt.  Had my Catty forgotten me already, or was this payback for all that he’d been through?  The reason soon revealed itself.  It was mid-winter and bitterly cold, and the quarantine facility had spoilt him by putting an electric blanket inside his kitty bed.  He was so nice and warm in his cosy little bed that he didn’t want to move, let alone come home.

We stayed with my hubby’s aunt and uncle for the first few weeks after we arrived, and we kept Catty locked inside ‘our’ bedroom, just in case he decided to make a run for it.  On this particular morning, we happened to pop out for groceries and left the bedroom window cracked open to let some fresh air in.  I had done this before, as the windows are quite stiff and very hard to push open.

I forgot to mention that we’d left the open window (the bedroom door was kept closed) and unknowingly, the house was vacuumed while we were out.  Catty is absolutely petrified of vacuum cleaners.  The way he reacts to them, you’d swear it was out to eat him!  Well, he heard the noise and in a frantic panic, with super-catty strength, he must have managed to push the stiff window open wide enough to escape, and out into the wild he went.  We arrived home and he was gone!  My heart sank.  To bring him all this way, only to have him disappear without a trace.  Thankfully, he hadn’t gone far and was hiding underneath the house, directly below the window that he’d escaped through.  It took a while, but my hubby eventually managed to coax him out, and we locked him back inside the house.  The silly sausage!

We’d been here about a month when we finally found a townhouse to rent, and promptly packed up the car with our borrowed linen, luggage and the cat (the container with our household goods was still in transit), so we were able to fit everything into the car and could do the move in one trip.  It was about a 20km drive, so off we went.  After having recently flown for hours in a noisy aeroplane and been locked in quarantine, being inside the cat carrier again must have stressed Pringles out immensely, as not even 3kms down the road, he “dropped one” (thankfully I had put newspaper down in his carrier)!  It was a cold, grey, rainy day and we ended up having to drive the next 17kms gagging on the smell, with our windows rolled down to try and get rid of the awful stench.  At the time, it was not at all funny, but thankfully we can laugh about it now.

After that little incident, we were hoping that our first night in our new home would be unadventurous, but that was wishful thinking!  This was another strange house, with strange smells, and there had been another cat living here before we moved in, and Pringles kept scratching at the doors and windows trying to get out.  In desperation, we ended up putting him in the laundry room with his food, water and litter box, as it was the only downstairs room with a tiled floor that was far enough away from our bedroom so that we could try to get some sleep, as hubby had to work the next morning.

A loud bang abruptly woke us up at 5am, and it turns out that Catty had been trying to escape and was jumping up and hanging onto the door handle in an attempt to try open the laundry room door.  I went downstairs to see what all the noise was, only to find that he had managed to slide the barrel bolt across, effectively locking himself inside.  Instant panic!  How was I going to get in there to get him out?  The door handle unscrews, but you need to be able to access both sides to do this and there were no visible screws on the outside.

We remembered that there were three sets of louvre windows on the side of the laundry room and thankfully we’d left the top set open so that he’d have a bit of fresh air.  There we were, at 5.30am, standing on a chair to reach the top louvres, slowly reaching in and sliding out the next set of louvres out of their frames, so that we could get to the handles on the lower ones to open them and do the same.  Once these had been removed, there was a gap big enough for hubby to climb though and unlock the door.  Needless to say, he wasn’t very impressed with the cat!


Pringles, Catty, Sprinkles, Orange Cat, Sausage (he brought me a Vole as a ‘present’ one day, while we were still living in South Africa.  I thought it was someone’s pork sausage, before I realized it had legs and it moved!), Thundercat (we have wooden floors and he loves the sound his paws make when goes tearing down the staircase, especially at night), whatever his current nickname may be, he drives us nuts, has us in fits of laughter, and can be extremely entertaining.  We love him to bits and I cannot imagine our lives without my FurKid and I’m really glad that I chose to bring him with.  I’m sure these frustrating and entertaining adventures will continue in the years to come and when they do, I’ll write Part 3.    Part 3 is now ready to read.