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Neighborly visit

In a bad driving habit born of living alone and thus generally being aware of what might be in my driveway, I got in the car and backed out of the garage today before turning to look behind me as I approached the street. When I did look, standing in the middle of the back seat was Sheldon, the orange tabby from next door. I knew he frequents my garage when I leave the door open, but had no idea he'd take advantage of the open driver's window to find a place to nap. He was not at all alarmed, and waited for me to open a back door for him (after checking to see if the window on the far side happened to be open) before exiting the car and scampering toward home.

I'm going to need to keep Fish out of the car for a while lest he smell the intruder and get upset enough to do something about it. As far as I know Fish has never sprayed (and he's an exclusively inside cat except for the rare escape to the back yard), and I'd just as soon he never get the idea.

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sunlizzard
Sep. 6th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
I had my only allowed-outdoors cat, Polly, hop into my car one morning when I had to run back into the house for something forgotten. I, too, didn't notice her... until she kind of slithered up under my elbow as I turned the ignition. She scared me half to death!

Since then, though, I've taken both Polly and Spanky to work with me, making them ride in the carrier, though, not loose in the car. Now that my office is down to just me most of the time, it's far too quiet. Amazing how much company just one kitty can be!
nlbarber
Sep. 7th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
When I try to work at home, mine generally are pests. "Hey, if you're home, you need to provide a lap and brushing!" "Oh, look at this nice clear desk space with only a few papers on it--perfect spot for a nap!"
sunlizzard
Sep. 7th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Oh exactly! On the keyboard, over my hands, on top of the papers, on the back of the chair and slithering down onto my shoulder....

But that's at home, in familiar territory. When I take them to work, there's lots and lots of new places to sniff, and rub, and test for napping suitability! Spanky especially zooms to my side whenever I get up to do something, but settles back down as soon as I'm at my desk again. Really, they are quite good company and don't interfere or interrupt nearly so much as they do when I'm on the computer at home.

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