Cats - if you want to scare the crap out of your human, here's what you need to do.
1. Go hide somewhere in the house.
Hide some place where your human will NEVER find you. Somewhere they'll never think to look. Ever. Then just take a nap for a few hours to pass time. After a while, they'll come looking.
2. Don't give up! Keep hiding!
Even if your human is calling your name and carrying around a can of delicious wet food, do NOT come out of your hiding spot. Once they can't find you in the house, they'll start walking around outside at 1 am in the morning for an hour trying to find you.
3. Get shut into a room that the human won't go into.
After hiding all night and not coming out for dinner, your human is sure to be worried sick by now. They'll never find you now because you're shut in a room that no one goes into all day long. Success. Just make sure they don't see you when they do go into this room to check for you. Next, your human will start posting your adorable photo on lost pet pages because they think you've run away. Congrats - you're famous!
4. Magically appear out of no where.
OK. You've missed dinner last night and breakfast this morning. It's almost dinner time today and you're starving. Time to magically appear on the kitchen table like nothing ever happened. Your human will be overcome with joy and relief to see you again and give you extra food.
5. Soak up all the extra love.
You've hit the jackpot now. Your human has missed you so much for the past day and is so happy to see you again that they can't keep their hands off of you. Enjoy the extra pets.
I seriously thought my kitten got out of the house and ran away. I was so depressed, worried, and sad all day Wednesday that I couldn't get anything done. I was checking the shelter website every 15 minutes, posted on Craigslist and a Lost and Found Pets Facebook group. I even prepared a Missing Cat poster to print out. The Cat Daddy also drove around looking for him during his lunch break.
I have no idea where he was all that time, but am so glad that he decided to come out of hiding for almost 24 hours. My best guess is that he got shut into my father's room.
So cats, if you want to scare the crap out of your human any time soon this is probably the best way to do it. However, I do NOT recommend it!
Has your cat ever done something like this? Tell us in the comments!