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Has anyone seen this cat?

Seriously, anyone? Anywhere? Because we haven't. For nearly a month.

I don't know exactly when the cat who is old enough to drive slid into the darkness of the night unauthorized, but he did. Powder, the very large, very white cat slipped out of the house and hasn't returned.

For nearly a month.

We know what it means, and when I say "we" I do include Alexis, but how do you grieve a very old (seriously -- he was born in 1995), very particular cat who could very well suddenly show up on the porch, pissed off that you left a door open wide enough for him to run through it?

For the record, Powder's method for dealing with his feelings when he's pissed off is to, well, piss on. Literally. He pees on things like dirty clothes left on a floor or rugs or curtains when he's mad at us.

How do you grieve a cat who has spent the past three years mad? I should confess that he has been justifiably mad for three years. First we moved, then he lost his best friend who he had been with his entire life, somewhere in there new puppies invaded and sucked the joy out of his life, and I won't even bother to mention his feelings about new cats who were not Coal. He tolerated Max and Ali, but it was that sort of tolerated that you expect from a grandfather who sits on his porch and pauses for a second before wailing "Get off my lawn, you whippersnappers!" as he waves his cane in the air.

So Powder is gone and we don't know whether we should be sad or scared that he will return and make us pay for our sins.

It really could go either way.

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Reader Comments (7)

I was prepared to be sad about a missing cat, but instead you cracked me up. :)

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEric Williams

I'm still sad about Powder though. I also have a cat who deals with being pissed off by pissing on things. Thankfully, she keeps it confined to the walls surrounding her litter box. Unthankfully, that means the garbage bags taped to the walls surrounding her litter box make it look like I'm preparing to commit a murder.

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

I'm so sorry about Powder. I've heard that when it is an animals time to go they try to do so alone, which to me is heartbreaking. I hope against all else that he shows back up on your porch one morning. To never losing hope.

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNicole T.

Sorry to hear about Powder. My childhood cat was Sam--who lived to the age of 17 as well. She went missing for a few weeks and then showed up on the back porch in the middle of a monsoon. We had to do the hard choice of putting her to sleep the next day--I loved that cat.

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Oh man. I don't know whether to hug you or offer to help you move in case he comes home soon.

I'm sorry all the same.

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

now powder lives on forever

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhello haha narf

Near the end of her days, my childhood cat would do the same thing--except she chose to pee on my pillow and/or pile of homework papers. Gross. At that point she was 18 years old and we said goodbye shortly after. So I totally get the mixed emotions involved with Powder's departure! Sorry to hear!

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCatsburgh
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