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Did I ever tell you about the time we almost lost Baby Girl. Two years ago she went missing for two whole days on an outdoor adventure…
It all started when our sassy kitty developed the nasty habit of marking her territory. Mr. Smith’s golf clubs were the first to receive the mark, followed by a hamper in the guest room and finally a guest’s duffle bag full of expensive lighting equipment. Furious didn’t begin to describe my state, and, even though our cats are fully indoor cats, I tossed the her outside so I wouldn’t strangle her. Still, I kept an eye on her as she wandered eagerly around the backyard. After a couple of hours, the sound of dogs barking excitedly from behind our property prompted me to bring the troublemaker back in. But to my dismay, she was nowhere to be found! Worry quickly replaced anger, and I began searching the property and back alley which was a thick jungle of tall weeds. If I knew Baby Girl, she’d want to explore those weeds, so I waded through until I reached a clearing. Suddenly, big, slobbery dogs began barking behind a nearby fence. Were these the same dogs that were barking earlier, and, if so, was it because of my cat?? I was sick. Not only was my indoor cat lost outdoors, but the noisy dogs probably sent her scurrying into the neighboring field which was known to have foxes. Eventually, dinner and bedtime came and went with no sign of our Baby Girl. I hardly slept that night and the next day dragged on and on. By that evening I was a wreck. Mr. Smith and I shed bitter tears and even Brody seemed depressed.
The next morning a storm loomed in the distance with the promise of rain. Minutes before it began to pour, the hubs went downstairs to feed Brody breakfast when he heard a small cry at the back door. There was Baby Girl! I was still in bed at the time, and when I rolled over, there was Mr. Smith with the prodigal in his arms. Even though she was crawling with fleas, we placed her in the bed between us where she promptly fell asleep.
I don’t think she had slept the entire time she was outside for her eyes were glazed and sunken. While she lie there limp as a rag, I rubbed her neck and picked her fleas. SO MANY FLEAS! One of the many reasons the kids stay indoors. If any good came out of this crazy outdoor adventure, it was that Baby Girl was a changed cat from then on. She’s sweeter than we’ve ever known her to be. Perhaps life on the streets taught her to count her blessings. 🙂
Despite this harrowing experience, the cats still love their outdoor time. In fact, they love sniffing around outside almost as much as meal time. And they really, really love meal time! Lately, I’ve been serving them Purina® Beyond® Grain-Free White Meat Chicken & Egg Recipe Dry Cat Food.
For a while I stopped serving the cats dry food because I found it smelled too sweet. That didn’t seem right. When I read the label, I discovered that the main ingredient was corn. Ironically, I was protecting my kitties from fleas while filling their tummies with corn, preservatives and animal by-products.
What I love about Purina® Beyond® is that fish or poultry is the #1 ingredient. In addition, this food contains no corn, wheat, soy, poultry by-product meal, added artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Phew! That’s a long list. I was pleased to find Purina® Beyond® in the pet food aisle at H-E-B, a store where I do the majority of our grocery shopping. If you’d like to try this product for yourself, click here for a handy coupon!
As much as Brody and Baby Girl love going outside, this heat wave has kept trips to a minimum. Still, unable to stand their restlessness another minute, I packed up their hats, filled a satchel full of trail mix, i.e. Purina® Beyond®, and informed the cats that we were going on an outdoor adventure!
And with that I threw open the back door.
Oh, hey, wait Baby Girl, you’re forgetting your hat!
Baby Girl always bursts forth (her hat flew off instantly, needless to say), but Brody is older, wiser and more careful. I mean, that leaf could have been a poisonous toad or something.
Danger lurks up trees, as well.
After a few nibbles of grass and a quick look about, the cats move on to what we call “reading the newspaper.”
Sections 1-4: Cats Who Have Sprayed Here.
Once the paper has been read, the two usually settle down on the cool deck to nibble grass and trail mix and scope out the wildlife.
I think Brody spots a squirrel!
After the surroundings were properly investigated, it was time to pack up for the day. Sorry, Buddy, maybe you’ll catch a bird next time.
Maybe one day Brody will indeed catch that bird or squirrel. I’m not sure what he will do when he catches it, though.
In the meantime, he has quality food, a safe home and doting cat parents.