The Being from Planet Cat

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!”

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About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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15 Responses to The Being from Planet Cat

  1. Tina Peterson says:

    Love the additions!

  2. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Thanks Tina! By the way — DON’T sit on YOUR knitting needles! 😉

  3. Leah says:

    LOVED the story, Gwynn. Keep ’em coming!

  4. Catharine Otto says:

    I love your cat story, Gwynn!! It really conveys so well the feeling that I get myself that animals are often sent from above, sent to just the right owner 🙂 Keep on writing, it’s great!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks, Catharine. Meeting Riley truly was an extraordinary experience and she absolutely LOVES Jennifer. Now Riley has a baby brother, Drew. However, amazingly Riley is now about 10 years old and Drew must be about seven. Boy, time flies!

  5. What a touching story, Gwynn. Riley’s arrival in her new home reminds me of my temporary cat, Keats. He came in on a cold, windy, snowy night near Valentine’s Day, made himself right at home, stayed for two months, until my mother, who suffered from dementia, died. Then he was gone. He went on his way. As Catharine says, some cats come into your life when you need them and then go: that is their mission.

    • Gwynn says:

      Did you ever find out where Keats went from your home? Cats certainly are here for a purpose. It is so funny watchng Riley with Jennifer. He definitely is HER baby, even though he no longer is young. The interesting part is that when Jennifer’s mom comes to visit, Riley hisses at her and won’t go near her. But with me, he comes right up to me. It is as if he remembers that I am the one who helped him find a home.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Samantha, I’m trying again to see if Jetpack works now. We may have installed it twice. I’m crossing my fingers.

  6. Jen G says:

    Awesome job on the story, Gwynn 🙂

    You nailed the story about my little Riley…brought me to tears remembering that week I had to wait and the whole while hoping that no one would claim her so that I could take her home. She’s been my “baby girl” since! I’m still trying to figure out what I did with those old vacation photos I had saved electronically..(the ones we’re on the beach in Oregon, it was windy and Riley was curled up in the front carrier which I put under my sweatshirt to keep her warm while we were walking around. Walking around sand dunes on the coast with an additional 15 pounds (cat plus carrier) tucked in the front of my sweatshirt was interesting lol. But I think she loved that trip…she even slept in a tent with me on that trip.

  7. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Hey Jen, Thanks. Little Riley is an incredible kitty. I can’t invision carrying Riley around in a baby carrier. You two definitely are made for one another! 😉 Keep her healthy!

    • Jen G says:

      I was stunned when the vet told me that she is at the beginning of feline hyperthyroidism. She’s in good spirits; she’s been on medication nearly a week and seems to be holding her own. I’ve been bouncing back and forth on whether or not to do the radioactive iodine treatment, and while money isn’t the issue, Riley still has separation anxiety whenever I’m away for any extended period of time and if I’m around she has this need to be with me, to lick my face and curl up in my lap and arms. She sleeps curled up with me every night and even though she may not be curled up with me when I lay down to go to sleep, I wake up in the morning with her hugging me tightly, asleep in my arms. When I am on vacation and I have family members staying at the house, or she goes on a trip to “grandma and grandpa’s house”, she waits by the door and the windows to the front of the house as if looking for me, and when it becomes night time and she’s tired, she’ll cry herself to sleep at the door.

      • Gwynn Rogers says:

        Is there a more natural way to treat Riley? What will the feline hyperthyroidism do to her? It was difficult for us to leave Domino and he had NEVER been left with anyone else, but I did have friends or neighbors look in on him here at the house. When we moved it was really tough on him. I know how hard this is for you. Give Riley a pat and a hug from me! How can she be THIS old already???

  8. patgarcia says:

    Hi,
    Great story and extremely amusing. I love it! I had my cat, Clay, for twenty two years and he was a darling. He thought he was human too, and I must admit he had me wrapped around his little paws. So I really enjoyed reading about Riley and Jennifer. Also, Riley is a very unusual name for a cat. Love that name.
    Nice writing, dear.
    Ciao,
    Patricia

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      I don’t know if you read any of the comments, but the one comment from JenG is Riley’s mom. Now Riley is approximately 12 and is getting sick. Riley and Jen have an incredible relationship. The good news is that Riley swats at Jen’s mom but she WON’T swat at me! YEAAA!!! She must remember me.

      Pets have a habit of wrapping us human around their little paws. I do so miss Domino, but I had become very allergic to him.

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