WHAT DOES MY CAT SEE THAT I DON'T?
Fro the last two hours, my cat, Milton, refuses to leave the bougainvillea at our back fence.
- •He is adamant that something is in there.I can't see or hear a thing.
- •He's agitated about it.Pacing, sticking most of his body in the foliage, staring intently.
- •Birds have been know to nest in the bougainvillea.And there is a mockingbird sitting above on a wire. But mockingbirds will attack if their babies are in jeopardy—we have experience with that!
- •Milton is meowing like he's being murdered.I got a flashlight and searched the bougainvillea again. I'm afraid of what I might find: a dead bird, a dying kitten dropped by the hawk perched on the phone pole this morning, a baby skunk or opossum ... my mind goes into overdrive.
- •I go back to the patio. Milton runs to me and meows urgently, looking back toward the bougainvillea. Like Lassie, he wants me to come with him.I check one more time. Nothing. But I know my cat knows something I don't.
- •Reluctantly, Milton finally comes inside the house.He needs some food and a little nap.
- •Looking out the window, I see that the mockingbird is back, poking around in the bougainvillea.I'm stumped.