At home I noticed Fluffy wasn't around - as the days are getting cooler, all the cats can usually be found sleeping in our bed or otherwise catching a few rays of sun outside on the backyard deck. The other two cats - Twiggy and Shelley were on the bed.
I called for him outside, but he didn't come and I thought nothing of it as sometimes he wonders about but always comes home before their 6pm dinner time.
It was about 5,30 when the Ranger knocked on our door asking for our son. My husband told him our son no longer lived at home and the Ranger said ok and was about to return to his van, when my husband asked what it was about.
He replied that a cat registered under my son's name, and identifiable via his microchip, had been picked up by the Ranger at the call of one of the street's residents and was being detained in the Como animal care facility.
I presume Fluffy ventured outside the garden, obviously went into someone else's garden, and since he doesn't wear a collar (he destroys them pretty quickly so I gave up) they must have thought that he might have been lost and called the Ranger.
I can't really figure out why though, because he looks well cared for, and I would have waited a day or two to see if the cat stuck around or just went. There are quite a few cats in the street and I often get visits from other cats in my garden but I never called the Ranger, I just thought they came to socialize with my cats and I know cats love to investigate their surroundings.
So poor Fluffy spent the night in kennels. The pound only opens from 12 to 3pm daily, which is certainly not a convenient time for working people. Luckily today I was starting work at 1pm, so I quickly dashed to the suburb of Como and was at their door just before 12.
Had to fill in some paperwork, show his registration and pay the fine of $100!!!.
I was then shown to the kennels where poor Fluffy was. He didn't even move when I called his name and I had to pull the towel where he was lying and put him in the pet carrier.
He didn't even peep in the car either, even though he hates car trips, and at home, once I opened the carrier he quickly dashed to the food bowls in the kitchen.
I had forgotten to ask if he had been fed, so I just gave him some food.
Then I got in the car and dashed to work in Como (again) and was there at 1pm on the dot.
Strangely enough Fluffy is always so scared when we have visitors, hides away for a few days before he socializes with them, or if anyone knocks on our door he usually hides behind our bedroom curtains, so I can't figure out how he let himself be picked up, unless he was enticed with food...
|Fluffy hiding behind the curtains in my bedroom after someone rang the bell|
Tonight he seems very subdued, just wants to be close to me or my husband, sleeping on our laps.
Hopefully he has learnt his lesson and doesn't leave our property again.
In the meantime we have closed the cat door and the cats will stay indoors for a few days, and I'll be getting them collars and tags again and see how long they will last...
|Fluffy tonight sleeping on the couch next to my husband|
|Fluffy is also my computer companion|