My first Siamese cat, J.C. was not strictly a house cat. I lived in the country at the time so it was possible for J.C. to spend time outside with minimal danger. The house was surrounded by woods to explore so naturally he was often pursuing those delights. He would sit by the door and let me know (in a loud voice) when he was ready for adventure. The problem came when this happened all day long. J.C. would go out for a while, show up at the patio door (his preferred entry) for me to let him in and then an hour later (after a brief nap) be ready to go again. I was constantly letting him in and letting him out. Or when I was at work, he’d be trapped in all day, which made him quite cranky. Sometimes he was out when I needed to leave. Eighty acres is a large area to cover hollering, “Kitty, kitty” (which he often ignored). I finally came up with the idea to get J.C. his own pet door. He could go in and out as he pleased and I would not be constantly on demand. Because the doors to the house all had storm doors, I decided to install the pet door in a basement window on the back of the house. After a bit of grumbling, my husband at the time, put the door in and built a carpeted ramp from the window down to the basement floor. It was my job to teach J.C. how to use it – which took a bit of doing, but he finally mastered it. I thought it was the best decision I had ever made, but we can never know the consequences of our decisions. I never dreamed that J.C. would not come back in the door alone. I quickly learned he was a very good hunter. The first “present” to greet me at the bottom of the basement stairs was I believe a mole, his favorite prey. There were mice and snakes, lizards and even small rabbits, and some things I couldn’t identify. Sometimes they were alive, sometimes not. He was so proud. I was so grossed out! What could I do? He would be devastated if I removed his door and I would have to go back to letting him in and out! For the rest of his life, I put up with the uninvited guests. I guess when you open a door; you can’t always control or foresee what might come through. It just might be more than you expected.
Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”