Maddie came home on time yesterday. They called for me the minute they entered the apartment. I stayed burrowed under the blankets. Maddie patted the blankets I was sleeping under and said, "I'm home Pinky Ruth! Come on out!" I stayed burrowed under the blankets. Maddie then threw back the blankets, forcing me to wake up. They gave me the pets and the scratches and said nice things to me.
Monday, April 24, 2023
Saturday, April 22, 2023
Friday, April 21, 2023
I had just recovered from my most recent abandonment ordeal only to watch my favorite Karin and my wonderful Maddie exchange keys again. I watched Maddie pack their suitcase. I rolled around in my scratcher box while Karin gave me the good scratches, telling me she would visit me tomorrow. And then, they both walked out the door.
Monday, April 17, 2023
My abandonment continued the following morning. Maddie never came home to me like Karin said they would. I waited by the door as long as I could. I was confused and crestfallen when I finally gave up and burrowed under the blankets on the bed.
Saturday, April 15, 2023
When Maddie's friend Karin arrived early today I was sulking under the blankets. I had, without my consent, spent another lonely night alone. Maddie always cuddles with me before bed and tells me how pretty I am and how smart I am and gives me my favorite behind-the-ear bedtime scratch. This has not happened for a few days, I was fully committed to staying under the blankets in protest of this unexpected and unwelcome abandonment. But then, I heard Karin put some food in my bowl.
Friday, April 14, 2023
I was perched on my cat post in front of the window for the entire day. I was searching the streets below for Maddie. They didn't come out of the light rail station. They didn't get off of any of the buses. I never saw them walk up the street, look up to our window and wave to me.
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Maddie is gone. They packed up their important things, gave me extra hugs, and walked out the apartment door. From my 5th floor perch, I watched them leave the building and head toward the light rail station.
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
In the last week, I have watched leaves and dirt and floaty specks of roof gunk rain down in front of my 5th-floor window perch. My head swung from side to side, up and down, and all around as I attempted to follow all the chaos that was falling in front of my window.