Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Cats on Tuesday - Pepper's Big Adventure...

We had a bit of a drama with Pepper last week - she disappeared for twenty four hours.

In the morning she was upstairs with Charlie and myself.
Then she vanished.

What we think happened was that she was either chased or attacked by another cat in the garden (possibly Ralph!), and jumped over the fence to escape - then discovered she couldn't get back.  We had an absolute downpour on Tuesday that lasted all night and we were out of our minds worrying about her.  We called her, we walked around the local streets searching, we asked people to look out for her, but nothing.  It was a long sleepless night (well unless you were Charlie who took complete advantage of the situation by stealing Pepper's spot on the bed).

By Wednesday morning I'd informed Pet-Log (she is identi-chipped) that she was missing, I'd put an alert on Facebook, and a local radio station asked people to search their gardens/sheds etc for her.  I decided to try calling to her one more time from our garden, so out in the rain I went with umbrella and Charlie (who always likes to know what's going on). Amazingly, after calling her name (without much hope it has to be said), I heard a plaintive miaow coming from the gardens behind ours.  Standing on some bricks to look over the fence I was able to see Pepper running frantically backwards and forwards, crying pitifully but unable to get to me as the gardens there are at a much lower level than ours.  I tried encouraging her to jump up and climb the fence but she couldn't, and so I tested each fence panel to see if there was one I could life up or remove, finally finding a narrow one right in the corner that I was able to pull off.  Then suddenly there she was jumping into the garden, very wet, cold and muddy, but with no injuries apart from a couple of scratches.

We were so glad to have her back safe and sound .  She seemed rather subdued, stiff and uncomfortable for a day or so, but after a few good naps and meals seemed back to her old self.  Thank you so much to all those who helped and who spread the word about her, and especially to Corrie the nurse at the vets who got in touch with the radio station.  

Getting dried off in her towel...

Fur a bit spikey from all the rain and mud...

Glad to be home...


And finally... I'd just like to let everyone know that I now have a website for my pet photography! It's a work in progress at the moment but I'm pretty pleased with it.  So if you're in the UK and want some beautiful pics of your pets please get in touch.  It's at www.focusonpetsphotography.co.uk


For more kitty news visit Gattina's Cats on Tuesday.

12 comments:

Karen and Gerard said...

Oh, poor Pepper! So glad she is okay and back home again. My dad had a cat that would wonder off for days and then come back when he was good and ready.

Kjelle Bus said...

Poor Pepper to be outside in the rain like that with no chance to jump back home :(
So glad you found here :)
XOXO

Fuzzy Tales said...

Poor sweetheart! We're so glad Pepper is home and safe--that's one adventure that no one, Pepper included, we're sure, would want repeated.

William Kendall said...

Quite an adventure. My parents had one who disappeared once for three days before she made it home. The thought was that she probably got stuck in someone's shed, and they didn't happen to open up the place for a couple of days, otherwise she wouldn't stay away like that.

That time she came home, slept for the better part of two days.

Splendid Little Stars said...

so scary!
Pepper had quite an adventure.
thankful for the safe return home.

Nicki said...

and to think I freak out when one of mine make a great-escape to the front or side yard, turning at the corner of the neighbors, perhaps darting into their opened garage --- but always home before 12 pm.

Glad Pepper is home safe - oh the stories she'll tell.

Gattina said...

That must have been a terrible worry for you ! I had that once with Arthur who disappeared for 3 days !
BTW I was in Stratford on Avon and tried to find the cat you mentioned in April. Everybody knew him, his name is Angus and visits all the shops in the street. Just as you said. I wrote about him for tomorrow (Tuesday) on http://gattinawritercramps.blogspot.com/and "stole" two of your pictures. I didn't have your email. Tomorrow our tour is finished.

Katz Tales said...

Oh, poor Pepper! We had a similar thing with Target once. We threw a blanket over the wall so he could hook his claws into the material and we dragged him up and over.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

SO glad she is home. Sending PURRS and LOVE. xxx

Gattina said...

I suppose that Pepper is her old self again ! I missed your Cats on Tuesday this week and I couldn't contact you by email because I don't find your address. I feel a little uncomfortable because I "stole" pictures from your post about the Ginger cat in Stratford on Avon. But it had been such a cute adventure looking after this cat whose name is Angus btw. I hope everything is Ok with you and that you are not sick !
I am back home now and wanted to write a detailed post about my adventure with Angus. I always referred to your post though!

Gattina said...

Finally thanks to your post the whole bus had a lot of fun !

http://gattinawritercramps.blogspot.be/2013/06/a-cat-or-shakespeare.html

Gattina said...

Thanks for your comment ! I was in Stratford that day because I had no choice ! I was on a coach tour around the UK and that day we stopped in Stratford ! Isn't that funny that thanks to you I looked for Angus and now I get comments from people who want to see Angus too ! Soon Shakespeare has a serious competitor ! Blogging really makes the world smaller !

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