Mom often wonders where Squatty goes when he’s not in our yard, so several months ago she followed him as he went up the street, turned right, crossed the road and went into the yard about 4 houses down. She thought maybe that’s where he spends his nights but was never sure.
We know he likes Ken’s house across the street because it gets the morning sun and Ken is kitty friendly. After breakfast at our house, Squatty usually goes to Ken’s and sits against the garage door to soak up the morning sun. He also goes across the street a couple houses down to Kim’s to lay in the bushes.
Last week mom saw Squatty on the corner when she drove home from work. She passed our street to go up to Squatty and tell him to come home for dinner. As she drove around the block to get to our house she hoped Squatty would be on the porch waiting like he usually is, but he wasn’t there. After coming in and saying “Hi” to me, mom walked up the street to try to find Squatty. She found him at the side of a house eating from a pet food bowl! On the map, mom labeled it “Other House” in blue.
There was a car in the driveway, so mom – or should I say “crazy cat lady” – knocked on the door. There was a cat perch and beds on the porch and when the doorbell rang, several dogs started barking and a bird started squawking. A lady told them to be quiet, then answered the door and came out to talk to mom.
They talked about Squatty, who the neighbor lady named “Brutus” because she had seen him chase off a bothersome cat. It seems Squatty-Brutus has been frequenting that house for about 5 years. Both mom and the other lady were glad that someone else was looking out for Squatty-Brutus and they agreed that if either of them ever knew that something happened to Squatty-Brutus, they would let the other know.
Mom is glad that Squatty has other houses where he can be safe and even get a meal. But she was sad today when she saw him eating dinner at the other house again and he didn’t come to our porch for dinner. She kept looking for him, but he didn’t come “home” and mom said she misses sitting on the porch and talking to him and making sure he’s ok.
I told mom it’s only been two days and it won’t be long before Squatty is back for a free meal. He’s probably confused about meal times with the time change and the other house happens to have food available.