T misses Boots


“Why does the old woman feed Bootsy, mummy?”

“I guess she likes cats T”

“But Bootsy is mine mum”

Then she proceeded to tell me that the next time her cat comes home, I’m not allowed to let her out again.  I tried explaining that cats are different from dogs, but she refused to listen.  She wants her cat back.  Little T misses her Boots.

Just as I was replying to emails yesterday, I heard a familiar meow, I looked up and saw little Bootsy’s face by the window, demanding to be let in, so I opened the window and she seemed hesitant at first, after a little bit of coaxing, she relented.


 My husband quickly got her bowl out.  We’ve given up leaving her food in her bowl.  What’s the point?  It always ended up stale since she was seldom home. As a treat, we put some bits of bacon, but she snubbed both her food and the bacon.  Clearly, she wasn’t hungry.  Within less than ten minutes, she was meowing to be let out again.  Remembering little T’s instructions, I tried to ignore her whinging and tried to pet her, to get her settled, when she sat on the couch.  But she refused my touch and just kept meowing to be let out, sitting by the window and looking forlorn. After awhile I gave in and opened the window.  She leapt out without a single glance and ignored my “Please come back home later Boots!  Little T really misses you”

Cats, I don’t think I’ll ever understand them.

Do they know where their homes are?


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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. Oh Boots, you wayward kitty. How naughty you are to upset Miss T so.

    Perhaps a little saucer of milk next visit will convince Boots to return more regularly? (indulgent I know – lactose free is best so as not to upset their tummy, but a couple of tablespoons worth is usually ok )

    • Apart from milk, can’t think of any! She doesn’t seem to like chicken bits. We’ve saved some white chicken bits for her, she actually snubbed it too!

  2. Poor Little T. All my cats are inside cats. You can keep Boots inside, in fact it’s really recommended because housecats hunt, and can throw off the balance of prey for other animals. You do have to get by that whining, though. I have one cat who used to be an alley cat. It took a while, and a few escapes, but she’s very happy to be a housecat now, and I don’t have to worry about her being hit by a car, or hurt in a catfight or by a larger animal.

    • If we lived in the city, I’d probably do the same, though I think it’s a bit unheard of here whether in the country or in the city, to keep their cats in doors. I may be mistaken about this. .. but definitely here in Bos, all cats sort of come as they go.

      • It’s true, a lot of people let their cats out around here as well, but it wouldn’t hurt him to keep him inside… especially if you found some good kitty toys. Or the boxes they come in.

        • I’ll keep that one in mind, though I have a feeling she won’t like it at all… And there’s also Doc to think of… It would be easier to if we had a bigger house and not our little cottage!

    • You’re right. I think it really depends on the cat and I’m afraid Bootsy is one of those cats who like to stray. I don’t mind her straying, as long as she comes home, even if it’s once in a few days, not weeks! Oh well.

  3. Naughty naught Boots. Cats are so independent and this must be very hard for T. Luckily Foggy has so far stayed home since I carried him home before Christmas but I bet as soon as it’s warm again he’ll be off.
    Many thanks for joining in with #AnimalTales again.

    • My husband has done that too. Carried Bootsy home when he saw her one day at a parking lot near our house. We’ve been trying to make little T understand that cats aren’t like dogs. I think she’s understanding that more and more now 🙂

  4. goodness, I would have thought the bacon would have been top of the line. Cats. I love them. But they really do live by their own terms. Sometimes I wish I could behave like a cat but truth be told I have more dog personality traits than that of a kitty. Welp at least T has faithful Doc.

    • Oh I like that – thanks! A dog wants to please you (that is so Doc) and a cat wants to please itself (this is Boots) 🙂

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