Sunday, October 24, 2010

Halloween Hijinks

Snowball and friends.

Happy Halloween - we will be celebrating all week long so this is just the first in a series of Halloween postings. Back in 2008, before we had this blog and after we had just moved to our home now, Mom had an exciting adventure on Halloween.  She would like to tell you all about about it ....

On Halloween morning I went about feeding the kitties and getting ready to run some errands. We were invited to go Trick or Treating with a friends and their daughter. We planned to dress up in costume and make a special cake for Halloween. Just as I was about to leave the house for a few hours I checked on us cats one last time. We had converted an old workshop/carport into a indoor/screen porch cat shelter for the white kitties. It was still a work in process.


Norm cleaning on the top shelf.


When I went out to the screened porch I noticed some of the foam board  put in the ceiling for insulation was on the floor. I looked up and several little white kitty heads peered down at me from the rafters above!!!! They had gotten up into the ceiling from the various shelf perches we made for them. It was an old workshop so I did not know whether the cats had access to the outdoors from here. Not all of the cats were up there - Al and Snowball were not good climbers so they were still in the screen porch, watching all the commotion. I knew I had to get as many back down as I could before they could escape. So much for my day running errands! Those kitties always seem to pick days I have plans to get into mischief!


Al is not our best climber and a bit of a bully.

I stood up on one of the tables and pounded hard on the ceiling making a lot of noise and succeeded in getting a couple of cats down. I finally had to make a hole in the ceiling to see who was still up there. I had taken a head count but wasn't sure. I pulled the foam board loose and saw Smidge and Lily still up above me. I sprinkled tuna and catnip on the table under one of the ceiling holes and Smidge and Lily were just about to come down when Al, my blue eyed deaf cat, went after gray tabby cat Tabitha. All the screeching and commotion scared the cats back up above! I finally put everyone else inside. 

Smidge, not sure she wants to come down.

With my walking stick I coaxed Smidge down a hole to the porch. I put her inside and tried to get Lily to come down too. No way -- she was not moving - tucked away in the far corner of the ceiling.All this had taken me a couple of hours. I still had a cake to bake and costumes to make.

I gave up for now on Lily. I left two holes open and food out. I went out for a couple of hours to run errands and finally when I came back she had come down to eat. I picked her up and put her in a kennel cage while we fixed the ceiling. We secured the smaller foam boards with tape and nailed the larger pieces back - I had made a mess of it all trying to get up there. This time it would hold so we let the cats back out.

Lily, safely down from the rafters.

We were running late but still able to make our date or so we thought.....Don and I dressed in our costumes, got the cake ready and headed for the car before realized we forgot something...the house key. We had locked ourselves out!


With the cats all watching (and probably laughing at us) from inside the house and the screen cat porch, Don removed the heavy air conditioner from the window so I could climb in, carefully blocking the open window so no cats would jump out - thank goodness we had left the A/C in this long or we would not have been able to get back inside.  I closed the window from inside and unlocked the door, taking the keys with me this time.


We made it to our date with friends - a little late, disheveled and dirty but then we went  as Zombies so that was OK! 

Hope you enjoyed Mom's funny Halloween tale - more to come each day this week - some funny, some scary and some haunting! Romeo the Cat is posting about Black cats all week so do go by!

Mom's hosting a Give-away on her other blog to celebrate 150 followers -so do stop by and visit. Go to Carolina Mountains and Give-away page.

25 comments:

Furkidsmom said...

Wow - that was certainly an experience you won't forget!!

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Holey moley Mom and Don, what an adventure you had back in '08, but at least you finally made it out with your friends (and we know you didn't mind your kitties laughing at you when you locked yourselves out)!!! Hope that was the last "adventure" of that sort, but us and Momma enjoyed reading all of the juicy details ... hee hee!
Purrs and headbutts,
Sabrina, Sam, Simon and Momma Jan too

Katnip Lounge said...

Holy Cats! When I moved out to Nevada and into our rental house Dusty disappeared into the attic for two days! He was FILTHY when he finally came down.

Your story is great! Only Whitesters get into that much trouble.

Sparkle said...

MOL! I bet all you kitties were laughing at your humans, dressed as zombies and messing around with the A/C! That was a lot of excitement for one day.

Cara n Crew said...

Yow! What a crazy adventure! Trust kitties to cause trouble when you need to be doing something else :).

-Pip, Smidgen, Minnie
(ha! Our verification word is reascu!)

TwoSpecialWires said...

We think the cats must've been in the spirit of the season ... sneaky ... silent ... elusive ... and full of tricks. Love the title: Howl-oh-ween Hijinks!

We hope this year your day is a little less eventful, but still with a happy ending.

Tail wags
Jake and Fergi

Mr Puddy said...

When look back the old day, you can laugh about it. Thank you to share us the story..we very enjoy reading.

By the way your blog look very nice for Halloween, my mom really love it : )

Old Kitty said...

Oh wow!! What adventures!! For the kitties anyway! LOL!! Awwww that must have been such a sight to see all the sweet white kitty heads staring down from the ceiling! Good grief!

Yay that Lilly got tempted to go down eventually!! Smidge and Norm and Al are just adorable even with Al chasing poor Tabitha - awww!

Glad you and Don got to go trick or treating eventually!! Yay!!

Getting locked out is not fun at all!! Oh ok the kitties had a good laugh at least! LOL!

Take care
x

Au and Target said...

Hehem I can just see you two huffing and puffing and the cats in giggles. Great story!

Maggie May said...

Oh my that was an adventurous day!!

Caren Gittleman said...

Wow I bet you FELT like a zombie after that ordeal! I would have been beside myself with the kitties in the ceiling! Hope all is calm this year!

Hannah and Lucy said...

That was a day we wouldn't think you would want to ever go through again! We bet the kitties enjoyed their adventures though.

Cat said...

I loved your story! My Casper has gotten into the ceiling before too and was just filthy when he came out.

Your halloween background looks great :-)

Madi and Mom said...

OH MY CATS....looks like they turned the trick or treat into a great big Trick on Mom....you must have been frantic trying to get everyone back in their place.
Madi and Mom

The Island Cats said...

That was quite the experience!! Our mom is afraid that we'll get into the ceiling somehow...we don't know how but you know us cats...we'll figure out a way to get someplace we're not supposed to be!!

We're happy everything turned out okay!

Mumsy said...

That was a Halloween to remember. Glad you made it to your friends with key in hand finally after all that. I would have been tired after all you did. :) Hugs

Kea said...

That's a Murphy's Law adventure. LOL. We're glad everyone was safe in the end, though. MOL at the going as zombies!

ABBY said...

Wow what an adventure you'll never forget!

purrin
xoxxo
Abby

Pumpkinpuddy said...

That's some adventure. I bet Mom's glad I don't make her life that adventurous.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Wow what a story - that is so crazy that so many made their way up there! And then to have them want to stay there, especially Lily, oh that is crazy! It is of course typical that the day you have that happen is a day you have things to do, and then to get locked out - wouldn't it be so nice if the cats could open locked doors to let you in (I got locked out and had to "break" back in once - the cats weren't watching but they were all sitting there when I got in). It is great that you were able to get out in time and heck, since you were zombies the dirt probably just added to the costume!

Marg said...

That is one terrific story. It sounds like something that would happen to me. As a matter of fact, it happens to me every day. If I have to go somewhere there are always 4 cats that just have to eat. Then when I get to the car, 3 more want to go into the house and on and on. Anyway, we really did enjoy that story. Your Halloween stuff is great too.
Have a fun week.

Lucy the Cat said...

Great story! Also, I love the Halloween look on your blog!

Gracie =^o.o^= and Hugo said...

Phew, so glad that you rounded up all of the missing kitties. Good thing that you noticed that they were in the ceiling before you left. No telling where they all would have ended up at.

CCL Wendy said...

Oh my! It was definitely 'one of those days'. It's a good thing you noticed the hole in the ceiling before any of those white kitties could escape.

That Al! Just when you think you had things under control. Of course, he's deaf so the noise doesn't bother him.

I'll bet you were all discombobulated, so no wonder you forgot the key. You were thinking of so many things at once.

At least it was a memorable night! Glad all turned out well.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Wow, that was some day. Good thing all the kitties couldn't get higher than the rafters. For a moment we thought part of the adventure was going to be the police arriving as you two, dressed in costume, broke into the house. :)

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