Friday, January 17, 2014

How To Tell If Your Cat Is Leaving You

Well, here’s a funny story for you. Almost 20 years ago, I had a grey cat that moved out. True story, I swear. She didn’t like the environment in our home (other cats, noise, toddler in the house, neighbourhood kids stopping by), and decided she wanted out. Every day, she would leave our house, and head over to visit our neighbours that she decided would be a good fit for her. She’d meow at their door until they opened it, and then she’d squeeze into the gap, rub up against their legs, and purr sweetly. My neighbours were in love with her; the little furball had them wrapped around her little paw.


This went on for several weeks, and during that time, it took a tremendous amount of effort to encourage my cat to come home. And stay home. She was determined to adopt this new family that she had obviously settled on. They were an older couple with no kids, and no other pets in the house. They had an extremely quiet residence; the opposite of our own hectic one. Exactly what my cat craved. Eventually, I came to accept that my cat just hated living with us, and asked my neighbours if they’d like to adopt her. They said yes. And my cat moved out. I have never in my life experienced such a thing. Cats are such funny creatures.

If you are concerned about whether your cat is planning to move out, here are some clues:


The fancy new hairdo is a dead giveaway!

Have a lovely weekend, everyone.

50 comments:

  1. This made me laugh out loud. Kitty broke your heart!! I will try to notice the aforementioned signs in case my cat ever feels the need to "stray" :)

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    1. She sure did break my heart. But she went to a really good home, and lived happily ever after :) Watch out for the fancy hairdos!

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  2. I tried... I moved her food bowl closer to the door... I have a suitcase ready for her... I brushed her head so that her hairdoo look fancy...
    She just won't leave!

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    1. Hahaha...that is funny! Unfortunately, cats do what THEY want, so I'm afraid she's there to stay. Until she decides otherwise. Thanks for stopping by, and for leaving a comment. I will have to check out your blog.

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  3. Some cats are real self-starters! Hey, did you ever consider that maybe your cat was an introvert and your busy household was just too extroverted for her comfort? Wouldn't that be ironic, eh?

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    1. That is exactly what I started wondering when I finally discovered the term 'introvert'. Back then, I had no idea that such a thing existed. Now it all makes sense. And is rather funny because I totally understand that kitty...there were moments I wanted to move to a nice, quiet home, too...LOL...

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  4. This is hilarious! I've never had a cat who wanted to leave, but I've currently got a cat who makes ME want to leave!

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    1. Cats are so hilarious with their individualistic personalities. This has to be one of the funniest things I've ever experienced with all the cats I've had.

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  5. what are they talking about? Cats are terrible at travel scrabble. They even stink at regular scrabble.

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  6. My cat has the loveless glare. Most definitely.

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    1. But he's not moving, right? Probably too comfy where he is!

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  7. That is so funny. My co-worker just gave away her cat to a family of 5. It was just her and her husband. He is unsteady on his feet and was concerned that he would trip over the cat one day. You know how cats tend to cross your path - directly. Last reported cat was doing fabulously with his new family which consists of husband, wife and 3 kids. Of course my cat was such a scardy cat that she would not have gone anywhere. She knew where her bread was buttered. Great post. Have a wonderful weekend. Cheers!!

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    1. That is the only cat I've ever had that did this. I think back and laugh. It wasn't funny then because I loved the little furball. But she was very unhappy and stressed with us, and it seemed like the right thing to do. It was. She was very happy in her new home.

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  8. Jeesh! the nerve, eh! Ah well, cast your bread upon the waters or maybe your cat fur upon the neighbour's lawn! Loved this story, Martha!

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    1. Francie, I tell you, in all my years of having cats, I've never experienced such a thing. I look back and laugh. Yes, the nerve of that little furball. But at least she was happy in her new home. I was happy for her.

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  9. LOL! Well, at least you know she got a good home. I've never had that happen... ... yet. Where in the world do you get your photos from for these. I love the one on the pole. Would be fun to share.

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    1. She was very happy in her new home, which gave me piece of mind. Her new owners were really nice people, which made it easier to let her go.

      As for the photos, I often run across funny images, and they sometimes spark a memory. So it's usually the picture before the story!

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  10. What an interesting story, Martha… cats are indeed … well, cats. but you got visitation rights? Haaa

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    1. The house was right across from ours, so I got to see her every day. From a distance. She never came back to our home, so that pretty much told me that she was VERY pleased with the move. The little furball...hahaha...

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  11. What a funny story! Cats were always trying to move into my friend Dee's house in California. They adored her. I love how cats live life on their own terms. Have a good one!

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    1. I think that's what I love about them, too; that they live life on their own terms. Very spunky little creatures!

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  12. That was likely a hard thing for you to do, but very selfless. Kind of like letting go of our kids when they grow up.. kinda. :)

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    1. It was hard, but she was miserable in our home. It saddened me that she was so stressed at our place, and felt very relieved to see how happy she was in her new home. Sometimes we just have to do these things.

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  13. Our stray cat found us about 10 years ago & is in complete & total love with my darling husband. However, a recent New York Times article chronicled the escapades of cats wearing cameras. Several of them went to homes other than their own during the day where they would languish & eat kitty treats. Late in the afternoon they would go home to their primary residence. Charming cheaters...

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    1. Hahaha...yes, they can be charming cheaters. I had a cat just like that. She was extremely friendly and visited many favourite people in the neighbourhood, daily. They adored her, even fed her at times. She had a collar, and sometimes someone would call about her thinking she was lost. I'd sigh and say "She's just being friendly. Don't open the door. And never feed her!" LOL...

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  14. Their way, or the highway! Cats! Love them!

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    1. That's pretty much it, Jim! And my cat took the highway....LOL...

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  15. LMAO - hilarious Martha
    XOX
    Oh and Happy New Year - with all of these reno's I've been missing everyone SO much

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    1. Happy New Year, Suzan! I know you've been very busy with your new home, but I bet it's coming along beautifully.

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  16. Okay, here's the thing, cats are SMART! Much smarter than they let on, I promise you.
    I once had a cat that could say my NAME! I didn't tell anyone this but one day, my aunt was visiting us, and sure enough the cat came to the screen door and said, "KAAAAAAY", and it was so plain to me but I said nothing. My aunt was amazed! She said, "My god, that cat just said your name". And me? HA! I casually said, "Oh really, it does sound a bit like that". Hey, I don't want to be locked up!

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    1. Kay, that is hilarious! Yes, cats are smart. And they can really surprise you sometimes with some of the things they do...the crazy furballs! LOL...

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  17. Such a great story. I am sorry you lost your cat, but I am glad she found a place she felt comfortable. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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    1. It was sad to see her go, but she lived happily ever after. She chose a great home!

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  18. Funny post, Martha. Too bad about your cat dissing you, but I guess there's nothing you can do, is there? The cat has spoken!

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    1. Yup, when a cat speaks, it REALLY speaks. She had made up her mind, and off she went!

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  19. Our dog would run away looking our son went to college. He did come back at night though. Sorry for you guys, but may be it is short duration thing. Good Luck.. .

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    1. That is sad about your dog. He must have really missed him. As for my cat, this was a long, long time ago, so I'm just sharing an old story.

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  20. That must have been so hard to let her go, but you did what you felt would make her happy. I will have to look out for those signs. Just who paid for that bling? :-)

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    1. It's that bling that has remained an unsolved mystery, Tina...till this day :)

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  21. LOL oh gosh Martha I laughed til I cried....'tis too funny and brings a bit of comfort although my Sammi adored me she wouldn't leave for a second, maybe she found a better home for her, that would comfort her without Mikey who always jumped her and Kimmi who always growled at her, instead of the horrors and fear she might have suffered before she died, I like yours better, she found a wonderful couple who love sweet sweet cat, have no children no pets, best food ever...and I can live with that or that she's in heaven and there is no greater love

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    1. I found comfort in knowing that my cat was in a very loving home. I missed her, of course, but she was still in the neighbourhood, and I got a chance to see her. I just wanted her to be happy, and it was clear that it wasn't going to happen in our home.

      So sorry about Sammi :(

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  22. We live in the country and have had 3 cats leave. The first left because we got a big dog and she just didn't like it at all. She had aways been extremely loving but.....she jumped into a tree and wouldn't come down. Next we looked she was gone and never came back. Cat #2 was part of a litter, he was very lovey-dovey and loved my youngest daughter to bits. He was never neutered, though, and after he turned about a year old, he began growing more and more standoffish, left for longer and longer periods of time, and finally, never returned. Cat #3 left just recently, our other cat had kittens and she just didn't like it. We were so kind to her, but, again, it was her choice to leave. Each time I have been saddened, that the cats did not love us enough maybe. They are truly sensitive creatures however, and I just remind myself that they are free to come and go, and the cats made the decisions themselves. That is the way of the cat I think. Some will stay and some will go. I have come to accept it now.

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    1. That is quite sad. I can imagine how upsetting it was. Cats seem to live life on their own terms. If they are not happy, they just pack up and go.

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