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She did just that Monday evening. Later that night, I heard milk-curdling cat screaming, and it woke me up. I darted outside almost as quickly as she did hours earlier. I scaled a fence in my skivvies (sorry neighbors), but didn’t see anything but another cat fleeing the scene. That gave me hope that what I heard was just a cat fight… it wasn’t. She hasn’t come home, and I’ve combed the neighbor’s yards for evidence of the inevitable to no avail.
What do we tell our five-year-old? He broke down when our puppy died of kidney failure a year ago. (By the way, are you getting the feeling it’s dangerous to be an animal in the Bush household?)
I want to tell him the truth that “the coyotes got her.” My wife thinks we should just say she ran away. I’m all about full disclosure — even to a five-year-old – but I’m starting to think that maybe it’s best to play dumb (typecasting?). It’s like they say on those crime shows, if there’s no body, there’s no murder.
As I mentioned earlier, our other cat is 15+. We’re going to have to broach that before long, so maybe we should spare the kid the heartache on this one.