Monday, April 1, 2013

The Tale of Two Traumas, Part I

Or, how to make the mom cry.

It started at 4:30 am.  The mom was abruptly woken up (ok, she's used to that) by the smell of an electrical fire (she's not used to THAT).  After wandering through the house and noticing the furnace was making a strange clicking noise, but not coming on, she fiddled with it then turned it off.

Today's photos are of the many innocent faces of Oui Oui.

She called the power company as soon as they opened and they came out that day.  Mica Moo was in her "safe room" while the repair man was there but the other kitties were free, no where to be seen.  The mom kept a close lookout on the doors so no one could escape.

She didn't see Oui Oui at 1 pm, she didn't see Oui Oui at 4:30 pm, she didn't see Oui Oui at 7:30 pm.  Starting to really worry because the man left at 3:30 and Oui Oui isn't one to hide for hours, she started looking.  She looked for an hour using a flashlight to see into and under every thing she could think of.  No Oui Oui.  She called Oui Oui, shook, rattled and dispensed treats, called The Girl to see if she knew of any special kitty places.  No Oui Oui.

She walked the neighborhood, calling for Oui Oui, which, by the way, is done in this manner, "Mew, Mew, Oui Oui" with a lyrical, French accent.  Naturally, most of the neighbors were outside, not at a restaurant or movie enjoying themselves like they should have been.  The mom is sure they have every right to think she is a psychotic, not crazy, cat lady.  Having Mew Mew Oui Oui'd her way around in every direction so as to convince as many people as possible how nuts she is, she went back inside.

By now, she was in tears, thinking how poor Oui Oui may be hanging or slowly strangling in an obscure corner, unable to respond, slowly dying.  She talked The Girl into coming home if Oui Oui didn't show up for breakfast.  (Does she wonder where The Girl learned to be a Drama Queen?)

Around 9:30, the mom thought she'd try to put it out of her head for awhile then hunt again, so she sat down and fired up the laptop.  While she was looking over her inbox and wiping tears away, she looked over, and there was Oui Oui, bright eyed and innocent looking.  They looked at each other and Oui Oui proceeded to claw her scratcher, as though nothing had happened.

Yup, this is the innocent face that looked at the mom
after listening to her calling for hours.
BTW, Oui Oui always comes running when called
(or almost always we suppose).

The words from the mom!  How she wanted to strangle that little stinker, who had to have heard her calling for hours, who must have been within inches of where she walked.  She KNEW she was being called.  She IGNORED the rattling treats.  Not a squeak out of her, and then to just show up all innocent like!  All we can say, that Oui Oui sure has one great hiding place!  The miscreant!

Note regarding the furnace:  It was the motor, which was just replaced in December.  They replaced it again but had to order the correct motor.  So the Furnace Fun may not be over!  At least it was under warranty.


Angel Simba said...

We are so sorry that Oui Oui put the Mom through that. But very glad she showed up from wherever she was.

Angel Prancer Pie said...

Your poor Mommy! I like to do that to my Mommy, too. Makes her crazy! (er) MOL!

Willow said...

Ahh the whole take years off Mom maneuver. Glad she popped up..

Gigi said...

Oh! The Human has so much sympathy!!! I have done that to the Human a time or two myself. Once, having totally given up on the indoors, she was out in the street looking under parked cars for an hour, wiping away tears, while I was comfortably situated behind some shelving in the (enclosed) back porch. Poor Humans. I guess I do feel kind of sorry for them.

Summer at said...

Oui Oui, you had ME worried! I am glad you showed up!

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Marley, and Laz) said...

Forgive us, but we suspected she was in the house,...

Hannah and Lucy said...

That was very naughty Oui Oui but we must confess we do that ourselves if there's someone we don't know inside OUR home!
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

The Furries of Whisppy said...

OUI OUI! How could you? Your poor Mom. We're so relieved you're okay!
We can't believe there's a Part 2 to this. Your poor, poor Mom.

Marg said...

Oh that is an almost tragedy. Sure glad it came out all right. We especially hope the furnace will be all right.Oui Oui, you need to stay where you can be found. They can all find great hiding places.

Tama-Chan, Benny, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

Naughty GIRL!!!!!

The Chans

Mr Puddy said...

Oui Oui,
My mom feel for your mom ! She had lots of episode with me ! She did yell " PUDDY !!!! PUDDYYYYYY !!! " but not beautiful French accent like your mom. Asian Hard Core Accent...MOL
But lucky, you are in da house at all time. You are good girl . Me ? Turn up 1 am , or 2 am. Mom couldn't sleep but these day, I'm good boy because mom put me on diet ! Can't go so far..tee..heh
Hugs to your mom

Fuzzy Tales said...

Oh, your poor mom. Seriously. Ours would have been sick to her stomach with fear and worry and been popping Gravol (anti-nausea medication), so she has only the utmost sympathy for your human.

We confess we've been known to do that too, and Annie was very good at that as well. We're quite sure we've managed to take years off our human's life, which probably is a service to her in the long run. LOL.

Pat Hatt said...

I guess Oui Oui was just getting into the april fools spirit.

Avalon's Garden and Mewsings of Garden Cottage Cats said...

Whooo Weeee Mew Mew Oui Oui ^..^, we surtenly gladz you Safe & Sound!
da mom feelz bad fur your mom, scarin da butgeezuz owt ov her like dat ^..^ we nefur getz to do cool stuff like dat, when dey come to wurk on da furnace we getz locked owtta da room ^..^

Glad you bin founded ^.,^ ♥ ♥ ♥ XOXOXOXO

Purrz & Kissiez to All ~

da tabbies o trout towne said...

oui...we iz thinkin therez knot gonna bee any treetz for ewe for a ....veree.....long....time

yur mom iz gonna use de "eye had 99 lives taken frum me while lookin for ewe " line

heads up...trout iz on de way....yur mom mite wanna slice ore two coz itz heart healthee ...keep her frum havin a atacks oh de heart like her thought her wuz gonna have

N pea naybors iz prob ablee stooooooopid anyway...forget bout em ...

meowmeowmans said...

Whew! Oui Oui, you had US scared about your whereabouts. That must have been some hiding place!

Sorry about the furnace problems, The Mom. Glad it's under warranty, though.


Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

Well first, thank goodness Oui Oui is safe!!! They sure know what they are doing. Cody did that to me once and I thought I would die! I had my husband outside, I was crying, he ignored treats, everything! Oui Oui turned up looking all innocent! Thank goodness!
Glad the furnace situation is working out too!

Anonymous said...

oh, well done Oui Oui! how very Ninja of you. did you fink it was april fool's today? well, close enuff, i guess. can't wait to hear about the other trauma! but be careful. humans is 'cesseptibal to heart attacks or fainting away dead from lost-kitteh griefs. or so i hear. you can only take a joke so far wif them.


Oui Oui
Boo did that to Mom one time. Mom was outside in her PJ's calling for her and crying when she couldn't find her, and then Jinx went to the closet and Dad opened it and out popped Boo. Were they ever surprised! We are just glad you are OK!

The Island Cats said...

Oui Oui, we bet you were getting back at your mom for letting that strange man in the house. We don't like worker guys either.

I did that once too...hid and wouldn't come out even though the mom called and called and tried to bribe me with all sorts of good stuff. I made her late for a party...heheheh...serves her right.


Cats Herd You said...

OMC, Oui Oui! You had us worried, too. One of our cats who came before, Radcliffe, did that to the head peep years ago the day after a 1,000 mile move. There wasn't even any furniture to hide behind! The head peep was in tears, when Rad reappeared 8 hours later. After much investigation, there was a hole in the side of one of the kitchen cabinets that led into a void, and Rad had hidden there all day.

We're glad to hear that the furnace is under warranty. You have had enough trauma from Oui Oui without any additional from the furnace.

Annie Bear said...

But Oui Oui looks so innocent in all her pictures. I loved the thought of calling for her in a French accent throughout the neighborhood but I'm sorry about all the grief. Why do kitties love to do that?! Still, she really works the innocent look. Ugh, I just realized there's a part 2. I can't imagine.

p.s. I'm glad the furnace was fixed or is going to be fixed.

Sweet Purrfections said...

We were very worried when we started reading this post. We are so glad Oui Oui was just hiding, but it's not nice to scare the mom like that!

Glad your heater is under warranty. We just had to get a new one!

Katie Isabella said...

THAT is one of THE most frightening things think our babies are outside when they are indoor babies and would be killed or hungry..all of the fears. I have been thru that exact thing with Admiral when she was 7. SCARED ME TO DEATH! She was deeply buried in a closet. When she emerged I was so happy and so pi**ed off I didn't know which way to feel.

Unknown said...

What a little stinker Oui Oui is. Nine times out of 10, when one of us is missing, we have managed to sneak into the basement when the humans weren't looking. Glad Oui Oui wasn't really lost. We bet she had a good laugh at your mom's expense! Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

A Tonk's Tail said...

Maxwell: well at least I have an excuse since I kinda can't hear...!

But Faraday's pulled that stunt and ooooh the words she said...!

Oui Oui were you banished to the doghouse for that one?