Earlier in the day, I had opened the window for Callie to have some good bird TV. She loved it! There were lots of birds to watch and even a bunny that hopped by. The bunny really got her going and she got super excited.
|I took this photo earlier in the day before Callie's adventure.|
Later that night around 1 am, I went in the living room to shut the window. When I reached over to close it, I noticed a cat-sized hole in the screen. Uh oh... my heart sank because I knew Callie was outside.
|Cat-sized hole in window screen.|
I did a quick search of the house and didn't find her in any of her usual spots, so I grabbed my cell phone for the flashlight on it and began to search outside for her. I started by looking in the bushes and under the porch near the window she had escaped from. Then I started looking other places.
For those of you who don't know already, my yard is BIG. It's almost 4 acres and there are a lot of structures including a barn, an office building, 5 large greenhouses, a butterfly house and lots of other stuff. My family owns a garden center. So, that means there are LOTS of places for a cat to hide.
|Some of my yard. My house can barely be seen in the far right corner.|
With no luck after about an hour of searching and calling, I decided to open some stinky canned food and placed it on the porch in case Callie decided she was hungry. I left the front door open too. My phone was dead so no more flashlight for me.
I told my boyfriend that I hadn't found Callie, so he went and found an old flashlight and took it upon himself to go searching. We would have both searched, but one of us has to stay inside with our 3 year old daughter. The Cat Daddy went searching for about an hour too. I was beginning to really worry that she had wandered off far away...
I was in my bedroom, and decided to go into the kitchen for a drink. When I went through the laundry room, which leads to the backdoor, there was Callie on the steps outside looking at me. I picked her up, called out to the Cat Daddy to come inside, and put Callie in the kitchen. I shut the window tight and closed the front door.
|#SorryNotSorry. Resting after a fun adventure.|
Callie was feeling very frisky after her little adventure outdoors. Lesson learned about Miss Callie - no windows open without close supervision. And now, I'm even more convinced that I need to go buy her a harness sooner than later so she can get some safe outdoor time. I'm just glad that she didn't travel far and is safe inside now.