I Want to Come Inside Now

Sunday afternoon I had some food to cook on the grill. That is always difficult because I have to go in and out the door several times and each time Chris is always at the door trying to escape. It is usually easier to just let him out and then deal with bringing him in when I’m done. I always feel bad letting Chris out because Puck and Frankie see that and then they want to go out too.

On this occasion I decided to let Puck out too but Frankie had to stay in because he’s a runner. Chris went straight to eating grass as usual and Puck walked about twenty feet and then came back. He started talking to Frankie and pawing at the screen, as if he was pleading with Frankie to let him in. Apparently he forgot where the door was. I noticed there were many people near the pool and I’m sure that made him nervous. I guided him to the door and tried to get him inside before Frankie came out. I then went back to grilling.

After a little while I needed to go in for something and decided Chris had spent enough time outside. Instinctively Chris knows when I am coming to bring him in so he bolted away from me. At that very moment he noticed a lizard and grabbed it. Now he was ready to go inside.

I tried to pry his mouth open to get him to drop the lizard but his jaws were locked shut. He also growled at me to show his disapproval in my behavior. I then thought if I just gave him time, he would eventually want to put the lizard down to play with it but he just stood by the door, with legs and a tail hanging from his mouth, waiting for someone to let him in.

Bad Cat Chris with lizard.


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For some strange reasonΒ all small animals and insects must be played with inside the house. I don’t know why Chris has this rule but while he was standing by the door I thought maybe he has a bit of OCD. He hung on to that lizard for a good five minutes, pacing pack and forth. Eventually it stopped moving and he put it down to check on it. That is when I grabbed him and brought him in.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t done cooking. I had to bring in the kabobs and bring out the Zucchini. It wasn’t worth fighting with Chris so I let him out again. He just laid down next to the door while I tended to the grill. After a short time the food was almost done and I thought I would put Chris in first. Of course he ran, this time behind the grill where he saw a lizard on the propane tank. There is also a spare tank next to it under the grill and Chris jumped on top of the two tanks while the grill was on, and ended up with another lizard. Bad Cat! Suddenly he was ready to go inside again.

Bad Cat Chris with lizard.Bad Cat Chris with lizard.

I had to wait him out again. Eventually he walked around behind the screen where the air conditioner is and dropped the lizard and stepped on it to keep him close. That was my chance to grab him but I was too slow. I’ve noticed this before but it never really registered until now that cats catch their prey with their front paws and then grab it with their teeth.

Finally, after what seemed like a long time, I was finally able to get Chris away from the lizard. This one was still alive so I picked it up and put it in the grass before bringing Chris inside. I used to worry about the lizard population until Chris started focusing on eating grass when outside. It looks like the hunter is back.


32 thoughts on “I Want to Come Inside Now

  1. PigLove

    oh shivers. If one of our purr things brought a lizard into the house (Who didn’t work for Geico), I would be squealing to the high heavens hiding on top of the couch. XOXO – Bacon
    P.S. Don’t tell anyone I said that okay. snorts

  2. hungryhungryhippo404

    Oh dear. How frustrating. I guess Chris was just trying to contribute to the dinner, right? πŸ˜‰

  3. fozziemum

    Haahaha they are shockers…thing is they never see us hunting…so they ‘show’ us the catch and how to deal with it hoping we learn from them..no different to what they do with their kittens..we are their family and as such need to be taught how to hunt…the reason they bring us gifts all the time!! Fozziemum πŸ™‚

  4. onespoiledcat

    Sam used to catch butterflies in the backyard and wait at the back door for someone to let him take it inside….NOPE – NO CAN DO….he doesn’t hunt any longer now that he’s older but would give me the “sad eyes” look when I wouldn’t allow him to bring his catch indoors. I guess it’s the same with the lizards – they want to eat/torture them in comfort!!


  5. Dennis

    That is the strange thing about cats. Even if they are cute, they are also pretty evil πŸ™‚ They prefer to play with their prey until they decide to kill and eat. I noticed this too when I found a grasshopper in my appartment. I found my cat playing with this insect and it seemed she had fun. I am not sure how long the game took place before I came home, but it was sure I have been too late to the party. The grasshoper was already battered, maybe still able to make some jumps but to be honest, this sad thing looked already as if it would have now only two destinies. Either die in the mouth of my cat or if I would have rescued this thing, then it would have perished ten minutes later outside, I was sure. 😐

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Cats play with their food because they want to wear out their prey before finishing it off. It is safer for them although it does seem cruel. Dolphins and orcas also play with their food to train their young to hunt.

  6. Kitties Blue

    Wish we had lizards to play with. We like to bring crickets in the house. We usually just go right to eating them. We never eat the heads, though. Mom doesn’t understand why not. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo


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