This morning I took the girls to Target for some miscellaneous items and then we went to my mom's house to visit and eat lunch. It was a fun morning out and about and we headed home just before naptime. When we walked in the house I thought I heard a cat fight and I was worried about Jake. I got the girls playing with toys and went to go find Jake. I found him in my bedroom and he was all puffed up and hissing like mad.
I immediately freaked out thinking that their was a stranger in the house. I was both wrong and right. There was a stranger, but not of the human variety. It was a strange dark grey cat. I whisked Jake away and locked him up in the art room so he wouldn't get further injuries. (He got a few clumps of hair torn out, but no other damage that I can tell.) I called John who told me to call animal control. That was a good idea so I gave them a ring.
A few minutes later Mr. Animal Control came in and I showed him to my room (which of course had laundry EVERYWHERE!) Luckily he saw the cat before the cat pulled a magical disappearing act on us. So much so that Mr. Animal Control was starting to think he imagined the cat too. Finally I convinced him that he was up in the box springs since ours are actually a hollow frame. By banging on the box springs the cat came out from under the bed and scaled the mini-blinds 3 times over. (It's a good thing I never got around to buying curtains!) Then he ran into my bathroom. Mr. Animal Control followed him in there and shut the door. What happened next sounded like a bar fight. There was hissing, crashing, banging and other unpleasant noises emanating from the room. At every crash I cringed a bit more, but finally I heard an, "AH HA! I got you!" from Mr. Animal Control.
So now the stray grey cat is off to the animal shelter and I hope he can find his owners. I posted a "Found Cat" on my facebook and on my neighborhood message board. I'm still a bit jumpy and my bedroom smells like a skunk since Mr. Animal Control's cage was used to catch skunks. And just yesterday I was thinking things were a bit boring....