So this week I’m feeding a friend of mine’s two cats in her apartment. One of them, named Killer, is very outgoing and is always right at the door when I come over to feed them. The other one, Newbie, is much shyer, but she usually comes out too when I come to feed them. Today, however, it was just killer at the door when I came in.
“Thats fine,” I thought. “Newbie will come out when I start putting the food into the bowls.”
However, when I started putting food into the bowls, there was still no Newbie. So I started looking through the apartment for her; its not a very big one. I grew more and more nervous the further along that I went. Once I looked under the bed and couldn’t find her, I really started panicking. So I ran outside and did a loop around the apartment building; maybe she had somehow gotten out, even though I was sure I had locked the door and it had been locked when I got back this morning to feed them. I came back inside and grabbed a bag of treats and started rustling it; that usually brings cats right out. I did it all over the living room, and then sat down on the bed and did it some more. And then who do I see slinking out of the kitchen but Newbie.
Relieved. But where the heck had she been hiding that whole time?