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Ben­gal or Siberian?

Liv­ing in a house­hold with eight in­door cats re­quires buy­ing large amounts of kitty lit­ter, which I usu­ally get in 25-pound bags—100 pounds at a time. When I was go­ing to be out of town for a week, I de­cided to go to the su­per­mar­ket to stock up. As my hus­band and I both pushed shop­ping carts, each loaded with five large bags of lit­ter, a man looked at our pur­chases and queried, “Ben­gal or Siberian?”

Hun­gry cat

One night while I was cat-sit­ting my daugh­ter’s in­door fe­line, it es­caped out­side.

When it failed to re­turn the fol­low­ing morn­ing, I found the beast cling­ing to a branch about 30 feet up in a spindly tree.

Un­able to lure it down, I called the fire de­part­ment.

“We don’t do that any­more,” the woman dis­patcher said. When I per­sisted, she was po­lite but firm. “The cat will come down when it gets hun­gry enough.” “How do you know that?” I asked. “Have you ever seen a cat skele­ton in a tree?” she said.

Two hours later the cat was back, look­ing for break­fast.

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