Kitty are you okay…will you tell us that you’re okay….

When I was thinking of the title, it was like I had an angel and a devil on my shoulder. The devil side of me really, REALLY wanted to go with another word that’s used for a cat because I’m in that kind of mood but the angel won. Damn!

Not only is it my daughter’s 2nd BIRTHDAY!! in April, our cat is turning 15 around that time. My husband and I got our sweet little kitty about a year after we were married. I never reveal names on my blog but since I don’t feel like saying “my kitty” not my, ahem, kitty. my actually kitty that’s furry and purrs… oh never mind throughout the rest of the post I’ll just tell you her name. It’s Zira. Like Vera but with a Z.

I was obsessed with the movie Planet of the Apes, the original, when we got her and the ape that helped Charlton Heston was Dr. Zira. I loved the name for a pet so there you go. I decided to drop the “Dr.” part of the name because obviously cats can’t be doctors but apes totally can. Wait, What?

You're mocking me, right?

On Friday a repairman came to fix a few things. We live in military housing and we’re able to just call the management office if something isn’t working which is a good thing because our wonky dishwasher decided to work perfectly while the guy was here. When the repairman came, I went into our office and just let him do his thing. I was tweeting about how annoyed I was because the little hummingbird was taking a rare nap and this guy came not long after she fell asleep and was making a lot of noise.

Later that night my husband and I were watching a movie and we heard our cat meowing. We called for her and I remember looking at the clock, seeing it was about 9 pm. Looking back, we’re pretty sure she was outside and by a living room window but at the time we just assumed she was in the house upstairs.

A little bit later we thought it was strange that Zira wasn’t around. For years her ritual has been laying with us on the bed at night. We looked around the house and couldn’t find her so we figured she’s probably still hiding because the repairman scared her. She’s very skittish around strangers.

On Saturday morning I woke up to my husband opening up closet doors and looking under the bed. We were still thinking that she went to hide somewhere the day before but since she still wasn’t out of hiding, we thought she was possibly stuck. By that afternoon we knew she most likely slipped out the front door when the repairman was going in and out.

My husband lets her go in the backyard every now and then since it’s gated but she’ll occasionally try to run out of the front door if we’re not careful. She has a microchip and I’ve called the company to let them know she’s missing but I just don’t know what the odds are that we’ll find her or that she’ll come back home.

My hubby and I have been sick with worry and I can tell he’s taking this a lot harder than I thought he would. Zira was our baby long before we had the hummingbird.  Zira came to my rescue during the several years that my husband would be deployed. She kept me company and would cuddle up with me at night when the worry I had for my husband’s safety would be at its worst.

When my daughter was in the NICU and I was an emotional wreck, it was like our cat knew what was going on. She would lay not far from me while I cried, longing to have my daughter home with me, and then she would come up to me as if to give me a snuggle, then go back to her place on the floor. It seemed like her way of telling me that she was there if I needed her.

After we were finally able to bring the little hummingbird home from the NICU, our cat wasn’t quite sure what to make of this little person. Then when my daughter started crawling and made her presence known, Zira would be so patient with the hummingbird while she would pull on the cat or use her as a teether.

If you wake up the sleeping baby, I'll stick my butt in you're face. Oh wait, I'll do that anyway.

Recently the little girl has been understanding that she needs to be gentle with the kitty and even gives her kisses. Just last week she started saying kitty, in her own garbled toddler speak, and one particular morning she put on her kitty ears headband and ran around the house saying mew, mew. It melted my heart.

On Saturday morning the little girl even helped us look for Zira by yelling out “kitty!” and holding the flashlight while we looked in drawers, closets, and cabinets. Of course she would easily get distracted and run off to find trouble.

As of now we’ve done everything we can think of. Talking to neighbors, putting up flyers, calling the local ASPCA, etc. My husband has been going outside several times during the day and at night, calling for her and walking around the neighborhood. We live near a woodsy area so we don’t know if she’s gone into the woods or is possibly hiding out by a neighbor’s house.

I just hate knowing that she’s out there in the cold and without food. It has also been hard for my husband and I to act like everything is okay in front of our daughter since Zira has been such a huge part of our lives. So now we wait…..

*UPDATE. Our sweet kitty is still missing and I’m afraid it’s not looking good….

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20 Responses to Kitty are you okay…will you tell us that you’re okay….

  1. Maile March 6, 2011 at 08:21 #

    We lost a kitty once when I was little, poor thing got trapped in my neighbors garage and they went out of town for a few days.

    Kitties really are a part of the family. When my oldest was 2.5 months old my kitties both passed away. The first was 19(and I was only 23 at the time) so this cat was a HUGE part of my life. Her little “sister” was 14.5, she died exactly one week later from a broken heart (she was too sad to eat)

    I really hope your Zira makes it home safe.

  2. sara March 6, 2011 at 11:29 #

    I’m so sorry to hear about your cat. I sincerely hope you find Zira soon and that she is safe.

  3. themomsmith March 6, 2011 at 12:21 #

    Make up some posters and put them around the neighborhood…a very nice family probably took her in for the night. Hope she turns up soon safe & sound.

  4. Kara March 6, 2011 at 19:36 #

    I have all fingers and toes and limbs crossed that you find your kitty!!
    I know how special a pet can be. You have really done all that you can do! I sincerely hope you find Zira!!

  5. The Last Girl Standing March 6, 2011 at 19:38 #

    I hope Zira comes home soon! My cat went missing for 4 days once. It was horrible. The mountains of fliers worked, though…. neighbors heard meowing and called, she was on their roof (I think she ended up going in their house and escaped through a window, onto the roof). I’m sure Zira has perhaps also found warmth in someones home and just needs to find the courage to make herself known and find her way out. Hoping Zira’s home safe and sound soon. *hugs*

  6. Sam March 6, 2011 at 19:55 #

    I’m so sorry. I have a cat that is my best friend, and he’s been by my side for eight years. I can’t imagine how sad you must be. I hope she turns up and gets to wear the chicken hat (we have the same one!) another day.

  7. Jennifer G. March 6, 2011 at 20:22 #

    SO sorry to hear about your cat. Smart that you got her microchipped. Hope she comes home soon! Keep us posted!

  8. Mcai7td3 March 6, 2011 at 20:45 #

    Really hope she comes home quick, safe and sound. Thinking of you. xx

  9. Elle March 7, 2011 at 22:22 #

    Thank you everyone for your kind words. She’s still not home but I’m hoping for a miracle….

  10. Elle March 9, 2011 at 16:23 #

    Hi Elle,
    I hope you have found her to be safe and sound by now… pets are a part of our family too. Sending good kitty vibes your way.
    Another Elle, who also blogs


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