The Day the Husband Catnapped our Cat Back


If you’ve been reading my blog for some time now, you may be familiar with Boots our cat who dumped us for an old woman who lives alone.  As I’ve said in the past, I don’t really blame her.  The woman’s house must have been a peaceful refuge compared to our chaotic home with loony Doc and an excitable little girl.

She used to visit us every now and then as if to check if we were all alive.  I’d see her from my window, I’d quickly go out the door and try to lure her back in.  She would always look at me as if to say “I have a different home now.  It’s nice and quiet where I live.  I’m just dropping in to say hi and bye“.  And then she’d be off, without a single backward glance at me.

She hasn’t done that in ages, months even.  My husband and I had plans to march up to the woman’s door and demand for our cat back before we move away.  But we haven’t had the chance to do that, been too busy packing.  We don’t even know where that woman lives.  But our neighbour does and I’ve been meaning to ask her.

Do you believe in fate? That everything happens for a reason and that when the right time comes, everything will just fall back into place like a jigsaw puzzle?

 Today, I think Boots has just taught me about that mysterious word “fate”.

Little T came home running excitedly yesterday, pounding on the door, “Mum, mum!  Daddy has Bootsy back!”

She came in happy and breathless, but no sign of her dad.  By the time she got her breath back, he came striding in, with no less than Boots-our disappearing cat in his arms a week before we move out and move in to our new home.

Is that fate or not?

Without us having to do anything at all.  No dramatic demands from us to the old woman, no tears, no exchange of words, nothing.

My husband said that he likes to walk and poke his head in the back alley near our house hoping to catch a glimpse of her.  But after months and months of not seeing even her shadow, yesterday afternoon, he saw her sunning herself out.  My husband and daughter called out to her and she came to them purring as if to say “Oh hello, former Humans”.  Much to her dismay though, my husband picked her up and marched back home with her.

He said if cats could talk, she’d be muttering “Oh bugger, bugger, bugger, bugger” all the way home.


That’s Booty’s “Bugger, bugger, bugger” look.


I don’t think she’s happy to be back though.  She’s wearing her disgruntled look again.


And this is her resigned look.

Yes, Boots is back and her timing is great (we’re keeping her in and not allowing her out again till we’re settled in our new home).  We move out on the 22nd, us three, with our smelly dog and our pissed off cat, our family is whole again.

I call it “fate”.

My husband calls it “cat”.

What do you think?


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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. So glad you got Boots back! Im sure she will settle back in happily soon. Good luck with the move. I love a happy ending 🙂

    • Thank you. She’s been really fidgety last night, but I’m not taking my chances and letting her out again.

  2. Aw bless. I had a cat who moved out when my middle daughter was just a baby. It was all too much for her and she moved into a neighbour’s house where it was much more quiet. We discussed this with the neighbour and agreed that if our cat was happier there, then so be it. I still see her regularly, and she had helped the older kids living there through their grandmother’s death. I felt betrayed by our cat, but she was happier so that was all that mattered.

    • The woman I mentioned is known in our village for taking and luring cats in without bothering to tell their owners. Oh she did once and knocked (not very nicely if I may add) on another neighbour’s door and demanded that she signed something giving her ownership over her cat. That neighbour understandably refused to sign. The woman marched off angrily away and our neighbour was really mad at her too.

  3. Boots always makes me think about a James Herriot short children’s story in which a cat wanders off to different owners as it likes to be sociable and the centre of attention! Very happy to hear that Boots is back where she belongs – she’ll be purring happily again very soon.

    • I haven’t heard of that story. Will watch out for it. Thanks Kriss. She’s been really whingy this morning. Once we’re settled will allow her out again. x

  4. I’m so pleased fate smiled on you and you got Boots back for the move! Old ladies and cats seem to be a popular combo – my parents have two cats who were both put in a cattery while we all went on holiday. The cattery owner apparently was completely incompetent and they both (!) escaped – we had a horrible phone call while we were away to let us know. We looked and looked,put leaflets everywhere, but there was no sign of them, just a couple of false alarms.

    6 months later, we got a phone call from a vet to say they had one of them – he’d been holed up with an old lady for a few months and she thought maybe she should get him checked for a microchip. Hurrah! Then – over a year later – we got another amazing call from a vet – an old lady had died and her daughter had noticed him hanging around a lot, so took him into the vets to check. Thank god for micro chips! Unsure about how I feel about the old ladies stealing our cats though – on the one hand they obviously fed them and cared for them when they really needed it, but on the other, they weren’t their cats to feed and they probably should have returned them earlier!

    • I’m afraid the old lady in our village is known to lure other people’s cats in. Thats what she did with Boots. The woman once tried to force our neighbour to sign some papers giving her ownership of her cat. Our neighbour was furious. Why would she do that? Yes, thank goodness for microchips which Boots also has.

    • Once we’re settled we’re going to allow her out and yes, we know that it might happen again. But at least there won’t be an old woman trying to lure her back in. Unless there is another one in the vicinity where we’re moving.

  5. Laura @ Dot Makes 4

    So pleased Boots is back with her family! 🙂
    My Nan used to have a cat that kept coming round to see her. After a few weeks, she stopped feeding it and the cat soon stopped visiting!

    • Thanks! I’m afraid she’s known for being the weird woman of the village 😉

    • I hope so too, though of course, we all know how fickle minded cats are. As long as no other person tries to lure her in their homes, I’m fine with her coming in and out of our home as she pleases 😉

  6. I am glad Boots is back. We have three boys and the older of the three pretty much visits any house who will feed him x

    • I do accept that cats do this and that you can never really own a cat. It’s when someone tries to lure in other people’s cats that really gets to me. x

  7. Hahahaha your husband is too funny for words ‘bugger x3’ lol I am sure its fate but I also like your husband’s version. Good luck with the move

    • I know. Every time the doorbell rings, I wonder if it it’s her? Surely not!

  8. Ha ha, brilliant. Glad Boots is back with you. I’d have done exactly the same. Cats are so fickle…when you move remember to put butter on the cat’s paws to make her feel settled.

  9. So glad you got Boots back, I love a happy ending! The cat stealing woman sounds like a bit of a weirdo, good job you didn’t have to knock and demand your cat back.

    • She’s really annoyed. I don’t think she’ll ever forgive my husband.

  10. I’ve been really looking forward to reading this post. Boots sounds like a cat that knows his own mind. I’m glad he’s back with you and hope it stays that way

    • Thank you. We’ll let her out again once we’re all settled and I also know that she might disappear again. But that’s fine too.

  11. I must admit I found this a difficult read as we were once on the other side of things. Next door’s cat kept coming over – our neighbours said he didn’t seem to like living with their other cats. He was gorgeous and so friendly. He went missing once and we were the ones who tracked him down at the local RSPCA – it turned out (they thought) he had stowed away in a friend’s (of theirs) car and ended up a mile or so away from home. When they decided to move they initially said they would leave him behind for us to care for, but changed their minds later and took him. We never saw him again.

    • Thats awful! To say that they were going to leave him and then change their minds – what were they thinking? Clearly not!

  12. I’m so glad you got Boots back. On our last move we the cat and dog lived in our new house while we spent 8 weeks in a hotel. I spent my days based at the house and after a week i realised we couldn’t keep the cat in for another 7 weeks, thankfully despite the house being empty every night she returned the very first morning for her food

    • I can’t wait till we’re able to let her out again. It must be driving her mad!

  13. Fi Ni Neachtain

    I’m glad you got her back, I have to wonder if the old woman will miss her now though. My cat is 18 years old and is never away from the door, I’m sure she forgets she’s been fed! 🙂 Good luck with the move.

    • I’m sure the old woman misses Boots. I wish though that she’d go and get her own cats, especially since there are a lot of them needing homes, instead of trying to lure other people’s cats into her home. Thank you!

  14. Oh Dean this did make me giggle! Cats are so funny, our little one smooches off next door all the time. We’re also moving soon and she is coming with us whether she likes it or not!xx

    • Same with cat. She’s coming with us too whether she likes it or not! x

  15. Oh this is absolutely FABULOUS news, even if Bootsy doesn’t think so. Definitely fate was involved and I so hope Bootsy realises this is where she is most loved. Thank you so much for adding this home at last post to #AnimalTales and apologies being so late commenting – I have been so busy this week with the blog revamp.

    • I knew you’d be pleased Rosie 🙂 She’s been driving me up the wall though wanting to be let out. Hopefully, we’ll be able to do that soon. Can’t wait to see the blog revamp 🙂

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