Frankie Gave Us a Scare

I opened the door yesterday afternoon thinking Frankie was in another room but I was wrong and he slipped past me and out the door. It was about 3:15 p.m. I tried to catch him but he ran under the neighbor’s car so I left him there and returned home. I figured he would come back. I had recently bought butternut squash seeds and those little cardboard pots called seed starters so while I was waiting I busied myself filling those pots and planting the seeds.

Frankie didn’t come back and after a while, I started getting worried about him so I walked around looking for him but saw no sign of him. After about a half-hour he came back to taunt me and then disappeared again.

I stayed outside for a while waiting for him to come back but he did not. Normally he comes back and lets me catch him within the first hour so I was starting to become concerned. I walked around looking for him and then got in my car and drove around the neighborhood but saw no sign of him. I let some time pass and then I drove around the neighborhood again, still with no luck. By this time we had dinner in the oven and Rose and I were both very concerned. I had an upset stomach from worry.

At around 6 p.m. Rose shut the oven off and we drove around the neighborhood together. We drove for probably about a half an hour or so. Several times we drove past our home hoping we would see him there waiting but we didn’t.

 I had fed the cats earlier and there was still some wet food left when we got back. I scooped one of the plates into the trash but Rose suggested putting the other one outside, which I did. About ten minutes later I looked out the window and saw Frankie on top of Rose’s car. It was 6:45, three and a half hours after he got out. I was very relieved and went out to get him. When I did I noticed the food had been eaten. 

I have wanted to get Frankie microchipped for a long time but put it off until he was at the vet for another reason. Unfortunately, he had not been at the vet for another reason for a long time so it never happened. Now I think it’s time to get him micro-chipped but I’m not sure if vets are doing non-emergency procedures. I noticed the SPCA stopped fixing the animals in their care so the gloves and masks could be saved for emergencies.


34 thoughts on “Frankie Gave Us a Scare

  1. kittiesblue

    Until you can get your microchip, why not try Chipolo. You will have to put a collar on Frankie, and put the tag on it. Then you can track him with your phone. We now have one on Mauricio, and really need one for Misty May. Tom saw the add on Facebook. I totally understand that anxious stomach ache. Frankie definitely needs to be grounded. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I did consider buying a Tile. Is it comparable to that? I would just feel bad about forcing him to wear a collar while indoors but I guess I have to weigh the risks with the discomfort.

      1. kittiesblue

        All the Kitties Blue wear collars 24/7 with an ID tag at the least. Once in a while, someone will take theirs off, but they really don’t mind at all once they get used to it. Sawyer was the hardest to convince that he should wear it. We put one on Cooper Murphy at his first vet visit and he didn’t even blink. Good luck with whatever you decide.

  2. onespoiledcat

    Oh yes – your escape artist has proven he can’t be trusted (!) so one of those tracking collars if you can’t get him chipped would be wonderful. Relieve some of that anxiety. It’s an AWFUL feeling isn’t it.

    Hugs, Pam

  3. catladymac

    We are so glad the stubborn little snot decided to come home (name calling from experience!)
    Around here vets are only giving rabies shots (and if the cat needs a rabies shot s/he can get his other shots at the same time but if he doesn’t need rabies, he has to shelter in place. The local animals – including the neighbor’s intact tom – don’t seem to grasp social distancing.
    A lot of bloggers write about the tracking collars and seem very pleased with them, so that may be your best bet. (Mine are all chipped and I don’t have a smart phone anyway.)
    Purrayers and POTP for you and Rose and all your kitties.

  4. Brian

    Frankie! Really?!?! One of these times it won’t end well dude, maybe you should be called Lucky. Your poor Dad, I’m sure he was ready to panic.

  5. Doug Thomas

    The wee rascal! Best wishes for coming up with a Frankie-proof solution. The microchip is the best idea when it is possible to have it done, though it doesn’t solve the problem of Frankie slipping past you and getting a few hours of freedom. One of my kitty boys is exactly like Frankie – slips past me and has a good time in a dangerous world! – but he is microchipped.

  6. iamthesunking

    Naughty boy! So glad he is ok, though. Louis Catorze’s vet has also closed to non-emergency appointments.

      1. iamthesunking

        I feel your pain as we have an escaping cat, too. And it’s always the same neighbour who brings him back every time.


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