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Whiskers’ Edgemead home is almost exactly as he left it five months ago – before he was lost and found wandering in Paarden Island.
Just two things about his home now mystify the two-and-a-half year old cat: why has the cat food been moved from the floor to the kitchen cabinet and why are the windows closed?
His owner, Cornelia Nieuwenhuys, would tell him that the family’s dog has taken a liking to cat food, so she had to move it to the cabinet.
As for the window, Cornelia would tell him that she is afraid he will run back to Paarden Island.
If Whiskers was allowed to break the Cat Code and reveal that cats can speak English then he would answer: “Go back to that awful place? No thanks! I already spent five months exploring every nook and cranny and I don’t even know what a cranny is! I had to use every bit of my cunning to survive the cold, the rain and the un-neutered male cats! I didn’t do half bad…”
He remembers that fateful day in January well.
His owner and her boyfriend were towing their motor boat through Paarden Island. Little did they know Whiskers was hiding back there as well.
They stopped at a traffic light and apparently saw a cat (who is just as handsome as Whiskers, if that is even possible) running off into the distance. When they got home he was gone.
Nobody knows what happened from the moment he jumped off the trailer to the moment he was discovered by Paarden Island’s Cat Action Team (CAT).
TygerBurger could not convince Whiskers that it lies in the interest of all felines out there to break the Code and tell our readers what happened.
CAT’s Memory Woodford muses: “It would have been very tough for Whiskers. There are many cats in Paarden Island and many colonies. The un-neutered cats would not have accepted him in their colony, so Whiskers was probably a loner. I don’t think he would have had the confidence to get into any fights. He was very lucky to survive the ordeal!”
In June Memory saw a cat that matched Cornelia’s description and just knew it was Whiskers.
“I phoned her and then we went together. I didn’t think Whiskers would come to her when she called out, because it usually just takes a few days out there for cats to become feral. But whiskers did come to her,” she exclaims.
Once back home, the cat secretly rolls his eyes and grins. Somewhere in Paarden Island the cats wail: “The King is gone, long live the King!”
***DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE AND PHOTO WERE PUBLISHED IN TYGERBURGER, A CAPE TOWN BASED MEDIA24 COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER. NEITHER MAY BE DUPLICATED WITHOUT ACCREDITING THE SOURCE – TYGERBURGER, MEDIA24.***
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