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Topic: The Family Pet (05/15/08)
TITLE: The Disappearing Miss Kittie
By Donna Kohlstrom
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Screeching sounds, like an animal possessed, came from my airline pet carrier. Inside a whirling dervish rocked the carrier as I struggled to hang on to it and walk inside my vet’s office.
Upon hearing the noise from my carrier, the woman who stepped in the doorway after me, eased her dog over to a far corner.
Placing the carrier on the floor, I let out a gasp and leaned onto the receptionist desk. “What do we have here?” she asked. “Some kind of wild animal?”
“No, it’s my cat, Miss Kittie.”
“Why don’t you have a seat and I’ll let the vet know that you are here.”
Before I could sit, my vet’s assistant opened an exam room door and called out, “Miss Kittie.”
Heaving up the vibrating, howling carrier, I brought it into the room and set it on the exam table. She laughed and asked, “Sure you only have a cat inside?”
The vet walked into the room. “So this is Miss Kittie.” His voice caused a sudden quiet inside the carrier. “Where’s the wild cat I heard from out in the reception area?”
“I think you have a soothing voice or she wore herself out.”
The vet looked inside the carrier door. “Where is she?”
“She’s all black so maybe you can’t see her.”
He opened the door and reached inside. His hands came up empty.
“Why don’t you tip the carrier down while I reach inside,” he told his assistant.
She followed his instructions and nothing happened. We looked at each other and the vet asked, “Where do you think she disappeared to?”
I began to worry that Miss Kittie had found a way to escape, but how? “There’s no way she can escape from this carrier. She’s de-clawed and can’t hang on to the smooth inside. She weighs twelve pounds and should have fallen out when you shook the carrier.”
“Let’s give it one more try,” he said. His assistant lifted the carrier off the table, turned it straight upside down and shook it again. “Success!” he yelled as he retrieved Miss Kittie.
I grabbed her up and held her close while patting and reassuring her.
The vet laughed. “You’ve got some kind of magic cat there. I was sure she had disappeared.”
For a few moments I had thought the same and I still wonder how she was able to pull off the brief disappearing act.
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