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Back Home to Smooch the Cat

All good things must come to an end, or so the saying goes. So now, after a three hour drive this afternoon, I find myself back at home again, amidst familiar things and facing familiar chores.

The unpacking has been done, the laundry is in the washing machine and it's almost time to cook our evening meal. About the same time as I write this, my sister and her husband will arrive back in Taupo from their weekend up in Auckland. Busta will no doubt be pleased to see them, as I will be to see our Smooch the Cat, when he eventually chooses to make an appearance.

Smooch is like this when we go away, choosing to snub us for a while after we return. I know he was safe and well, as of this morning anyway, as instead of being left in the hands of strangers this time, our son has been coming over to feed him and keep him company. Smooch is no doubt curled up under a bush in the neighbour's garden and will saunter in when he feels hungry.

So, now it's back to normal life and all that goes with it. I hope the memories of my relaxing three days away don't fade too quickly.

Image Credit » Personal photo of Val Mills

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bestwriter wrote on February 8, 2015, 12:33 AM

East, West Home is Best. I am sure you felt it that way too. Cats will be cats, when compared to dogs.
When I spent 55 days in the US believe it or not I was just longing to get back.

valmnz wrote on February 8, 2015, 12:40 AM

I don't think I could stay away that long!

bestwriter wrote on February 8, 2015, 12:50 AM

That was a package holiday, touring the US and then visiting family and friends.

cheri wrote on February 8, 2015, 2:48 AM

Good to have you back. The cat seems to be ignoring you because you left her that long!

CountryWine wrote on February 8, 2015, 2:52 AM

Cats always are miffed when we leave.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 8, 2015, 6:09 AM

Most cat´s do this snubbing thing when you have been away, I only had one cat who didn´t.

scheng1 wrote on February 8, 2015, 8:10 AM

haha, next time before you go off, get his approval to grant you leave!

valmnz wrote on February 8, 2015, 1:08 PM

Now that's a good idea. He likes our son coming over though, so he wasn't quite as put out this time.

valmnz wrote on February 8, 2015, 1:08 PM

He just tries to show us who is boss!

valmnz wrote on February 8, 2015, 1:10 PM

Yes, all our previous cats have acted tis way too.

valmnz wrote on February 8, 2015, 1:12 PM

They like you to know who is in charge and how upset they ate that their home comforts have been interrupted.

FernandoSHA wrote on February 8, 2015, 8:19 PM

We had a problem on who'd feed my daughter's dobberman when we go to NZ next month but I was able to convince my sister to keep watch of the house and feed her (Dobbie, my daughter's dobberman) though she, like me is afraid of dogs.

valmnz wrote on February 8, 2015, 8:20 PM

I can see feeding a doberman is a more exacting task than feeding a cat emoticon :smile:

FernandoSHA wrote on February 8, 2015, 8:35 PM

Yes, especially with the reputation that dobbermans have but Dobbie is a nice and friendly dog. She becomes a friend easily in a short while especially if you pat her head but, still, her appearance (with the the tail and ears cut to make her look ferocious) is really intimidating.

LindaCPearson wrote on February 9, 2015, 8:11 AM

I've already "smooched" my cat Mildred this morning! Every now and then I stay overnight when visiting my cousins and when I get back home, Mildred holds back on greeting me. Once I pick her up, then she does some super snuggling so I know she missed me!

rebelann1949 wrote on February 11, 2015, 8:57 PM

Cats have a way of trying to make us feel guilty if we leave them, mine does that even if I'm only gone for a few hours.