To Catch a Cat

Frankie escaped yesterday again which has become highly annoying, especially since I just took him for a walk the day before. It happened as I was leaving to go to the store so I couldn’t leave until I got him back in the house.

The first thing he did when I tried to catch him was run across the street and under a vehicle that was parked there. I tried, unsuccessfully, to coax him out, or at least get him close enough to pull him out, but he is too smart for that.


After a while he became distracted with a lizard, which he caught and headed for home with it. I thought he wanted to bring it in the house but he went under my car with it instead.

cat Frankie under car with lizard

Cats like to play with their prey so he let it go and recaptured it a couple of times before the lizard came out from under the car enough for me to catch it. I then moved it back a foot or two and let it go. I was hoping Frankie would come out to get it but both stayed motionless. That is when I gave the lizard a little push to get him moving which also got Frankie moving. He ran out from under the car into my waiting arms.

Now that, my friends, is how you catch a cat.


25 thoughts on “To Catch a Cat

  1. kittiesblue

    Every escaping cat we’ve ever dealt with knew to run under the car…so frustrating. Unfortunately no lizards here to tempt with. Happy your ploy worked. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

  2. Doug Thomas

    Good one! Anyone with a cat (or dog, for that matter) quickly learns how to catch each one because each one has that one vulnerable behavior that helps you get them to run into your grasp! I know all I have to do to catch Andy, my Persian kitty boy, is shake the Greenies container or pop the seal on a can of tuna. Dougy, my other kitty boy, reliably shows up if I’m on the toilet, whether I’m using it or not, to rub back and forth on my legs! Both are easy to catch then. Your example today was a brilliant use of what you had on hand, thanks to Frankie!

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      We don’t know his back story but we think he did because of the notch in his ear which is either a TNR notch or a wound from fighting. Either indicates an outside cat.


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