Pass the Nitro Please

Monday, October 27, 2008
I had another heart attack yesterday. Ok, perhaps that's a bit of an exaggeration but not by much. Remember this incident involving the cat? Well, we had managed to spend the rest of the summer without any balcony related scares, thankfully. Sure enough though, once the weather changed, the snow started to fly, and the wind was at it's windiest (especially 18 stories up!), Anubis decided to make another break for freedom. This time around, he wasn't found crawling along the small edge of the balcony or clinging for one of the few nine lives he has left to the balcony railing. Nope, this time he thought...I wanna be Spidercat for Halloween! While the picture at right is not of MY cat, it gives you a good idea of the fright I received.

As I stood at the kitchen counter, dicing veggies for my fabulous penne alfredo (mmmm mmmm good), I heard a horrific Meeeeoooooooooow! coming from the direction of the balcony. I turned to look and was shocked to discover Anubis hanging by (literally) 2 claws much like the kitten in the photo, his back feet not quite reaching the railing. I ran outside and grabbed him but he had dug one claw into some grout and I couldn't get it out without letting go. As this would mean he would risk dropping eighteen floors to the street below (possibly landing in a tree but unlikely), the only thing I could think to do was scream for the Admiral. Thankfully she was home and managed to remove his claw.

Oddly enough, once inside the little bugger seemed more put out that we had stopped him than relieved that he wasn't dead. Ungrateful feline. This incident has turned out to be the final straw in the cat vs. balcony situation. None of the cats will now be allowed to venture outside without human supervision since one of them can't be trusted to be left alone for even a few minutes. Currently curled up, sound asleep on my bed, he seems oblivious to the danger he was in last night and the heart stopping panic he induced. Damn him for being so cute, I can't even get mad...


Barbara Bruederlin said...

You try to reason with them, but no.... Yikes!

Heather said...

All of our cats had to lose their balcony privileges after Herbie took his second trip out onto the window ledge past the balcony...strutting around on a downward angled, four inch metal ledge, looking into the apartment!

Both times, we had to call him to come in, because he was too far away to even reach him. He just casually turnd around (!!) and sauntered back in.

Now no cat cat enjoy the balcony.

sp said...

It only takes one to ruin it for everyone doesn't it?

Heather said...


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