slice of life: hiding spots

I sit in my living room reading and hear purring. I look around but no cat.

My cat likes places where he can be close but unnoticed. With this in mind, I look for the source.

Perhaps he’s under the ottoman. A spot to be unseen and in the middle of things. I bend down and look. Only the torn lining, evidence of his former presence, hangs down. No cat.

The purring continues, I accept his Cheshire cat-like magic and go back to reading. Wherever he is, he’s content. Something he hasn’t been for days. My around-the-clock presence has disrupted his routine and made him irritable.

I look out the window, and the darkness prompts me to check the time.  Surprised by the hour, I close my book. Stand. Stretch. And then, I notice him, curled up, needing the blanket that has fallen behind the chair.

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I turn off the light.
Purring continues.

12 thoughts on “slice of life: hiding spots

  1. Aw, sweet kitty. I have a black ant white cat, too. I just heard a mournful sound from her do will need to see what she needs. I bet there are lots of confused pets around the world these days,

  2. You are rocking these slices! Thank you!

    Utah had earthquakes; Ohio is experiencing severe thunderstorms and flooding. My cat Hem came to the basement with me this morning and supervised my strength/stretching exercises. I’m sure that’s why he came. It had nothing to do with the thunder and lightning! 🙂

  3. Such a calm post. I am not a cat person by nature (allergies), but know the pleasure of cats purring when taking care of neighbors’ pets. Your post evokes a feeling of contentment during contentious times.

  4. Your description, “Perhaps he’s under the ottoman. A spot to be unseen and in the middle of things. I bend down and look. Only the torn lining, evidence of his former presence, hangs down. No cat.” Purr-fect. Our —cat, still a kitten, really—loves to hide himself in the “torn lining…hanging down.” Such a lovely post and description, the last line, a benediction.

  5. The cat’s expression says, “What are you looking at?” I have to laugh at all the memes of the animals thoughts on the disruption of their lives. I loved the easy way this slice flowed, just a small moment in time.

  6. “Wherever he is, he’s content. Purring continues.” I wish I could say the same for myself. But this slice calmed my racing mind and slowed my breathing. All good things. Now if I could just learn to purr.

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