It was a marginally illegal happenstance born of complete innocence. Our Chef made the familiar turn onto our road and noticed the owner’s cat in the woods about a kilometer from their house. He did what anyone else would do in his situation and he put Lulu in his car to bring her home.
Although the cat seemed mildly disoriented, she seemed to settle back in relatively quickly and made her way to Nanny and Poppa’s house. Having just returned from south of the border, they were happy to see Lulu and reached into the treat bag they kept at the house. The cat seemed content to stay there for a couple of days but was finally taken back to her home. Upon putting the cat on the porch outside of the sliding glass door, Nanny realized that Lulu was inside the house staring back at her doppelgänger on the other side of the door. Both cats immediately puffed up to twice their size and the interloper was brought back down to the lodge for her own safety.
The new cat, who I affectionately referred to as RuPaul, lived the Life of Riley for the next few days. She sauntered around the property, drank lake water while standing on the sandy beach, joined a young conference who had an outdoor meeting session on the lawn and became one of the group. She was fed, loved and seemed like she would fit right in.
It wasn’t until the next morning that I found out how RuPaul had come to the resort. We realized the error that our Chef had made by erroneously abducting our neighbor’s cat and she was then returned to the property from where she had been cat-napped.
When the owner realized that Snipey had returned she called her husband immediately, commenting on how well the cat looked and that Snipey wasn’t even hungry. After reading my message to her on Facebook, Sue called our resort and I told her the story of how her Lulu-lookalike became a part of our lodge family for a few days. She was a great sport about the story and was extremely happy to have her cat-napped family member home safe and sound.
From now on, we’ll just have to make sure that our Chef sticks with the cat naps that I am used to and not the ones that can get him in to trouble with the neighbors!