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The Great Escape

Tiger and SamEscape to the great outdoors is also not as difficult as most cats believe! I discovered this last summer when I chanced to explore a window in the kitchen. I was sitting on the window sill with my brother enjoying the lovely summer weather and the great summer smells outdoors when I noticed a particularly fascinating insect on the window screen. I raised my paw in order to attempt a capture of the insect and, much to my annoyance, found my claw stuck in the mesh of the screen.

I tried to pull it out but was unsuccessful at first. However, as I tried to pull my claw free, I noticed that the screen was moving from right to left. Right before my eyes, I noticed that as the screen moved to the left, there was no longer any screen between me and outside: I had removed the last barrier to escape! In a matter of seconds, I had opened the screen far enough that both my brother and I were easily able to wiggle out onto the outside window sill.

Suddenly, after a lifetime of captivity, we were free!

I don't want to go into a lot of detail about what happened next because it was a deeply private, personal experience. Suffice it to say that we had a wonderful time, enjoying the beautiful outside world. However, I soon had a horrible crisis of conscience and realized that I could not take advantage of this marvelous opportunity and still be able to sleep at night (and in the morning, the afternoon, the evening, and the weekend) if I deserted my dim but benevolent humans.

Although they are not members of the Chosen Species, I have to admit that they have always been kind to us: generous at meal times, kind with their affections, and tolerant of our freedom, so I decided that we must return to our gilded cage or lose our self-respect as cats - not to mention our access to human ear wax! I soon convinced my brother Sam of the rightness of this action and we both returned to the inside of the house. Had it not been for the window screen being ajar when they returned - and a human neighbour who had witnessed our escape and told my humans - I doubt they would have been any the wiser.

   


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