The hair on the back of my neck stood on end, and every living cell in my body was on alert. I knew I was being watched! How was this possible? I was in my own home. Granted, I have nearly floor to ceiling windows all around the lower level of my house but our formal landscaping consists of low shrubs. It is not possible for a person to be lurking around spying on me, yet my skin crawled! Why? I couldn’t shake this feeling for a couple of days. Then, out of nowhere, a totally, white cat suddenly appeared on my back deck. I was convinced this distinctive cat was an extraterrestrial being, materializing out of the blue to check out this planet, and to see if intelligent life forms lived here. Her oddly shaped head was patently pointy looking, a sharp snout, large arrow shaped ears, and huge intelligent eyes. I knew immediately that she had been scrutinizing me.
What I didn’t know was where this interloper belonged. So, I went on with my morning duties assuming she lived with one of the new neighbors. However, by now this cat had evidently spied the invisible sign above my home that reads “will find loving home, inquire within!” So, this alien creature set her plan to action. She stalked me. No matter where I went, she appeared at a window. Plus, by now she was howling at me. Her plaintive and uncommon cry said “let me in, love me, and feed me!” I felt much like the settlers in a wagon train must have felt when surrounded with screaming Indians. I couldn’t take it! I had to do something to find a home for this intelligent being! However, my cat, Domino, rules our household, so I couldn’t risk allowing the white cat free rein in my house. So, I grabbed Domino’s carrier, opened it up, and the white kitty trotted right in saying “thank you, it’s about time you invited me in.”
Earlier in the morning I had emailed a friend, Jennifer, telling her about this cat. Jennifer didn’t even think twice before she said “I want her!” However, by now I had taken this unusual cat to the Humane Society. So, immediately after work, Jennifer, came tearing over to my home, and we dashed up the hill to the Humane Society, so I could introduce her to this cat. It was “love at first sight.” Jennifer reached into the cage and this perceptive being crawled right into Jennifer’s arms, wrapped her paws right around Jennifer’s neck and snuggled in as a baby does with their mother, as if to say “safe at last.”
Since the Humane Society has to allow time for a former owner to claim a supposed, lost cat, as they wouldn’t buy my story that this cat was from outer space, Jennifer had to travel to the Humane Society after work, night after night, to hold and hug this year and a half old kitten, to be known as Riley. Jennifer says “it was the LONGEST week of my life!” The big homecoming day finally arrived! Jennifer loaded Riley into a cardboard carrier, since she didn’t have a true carrier at the time. Riley didn’t complain one single bit until they reached the front door of Riley’s new home, when this “enlightened being” exclaimed, “I know we’re home, NOW let me OUT!”
Riley immediately trotted right in to Jennifer’s bedroom, claimed space on Jennifer’s bed, next to a hulking Teddy Bear and took an hour nap. Since arriving at her new home, this extraterrestrial being seemingly is frustrated in her cat body and works to mimic everything her human does. Jennifer had to take her toothbrush away from Riley. Riley unraveled the toilet paper into the cat box (located next to the toilet). Riley LOVES to take showers as long as Jennifer holds her face out of the water! And Riley insists on drinking water from Jennifer’s water glass instead of from her bowl, though she’ll settle for drinking straight from the tap. In fact, Riley is definitely Jennifer’s baby and travels strapped in an infant carrier to Jennifer while traveling on vacation.
Typically, you can find Jennifer at her home computer, where you will find Riley sprawled among Jennifer’s stuffed animals on top of the monitor. I believe she is transmitting to the “beings” from her planet, “these humans are pretty nice after all!”