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  1. A friend was making a new platform for me next to the refrigerator, so he had the old floor torn up and opened up while working, giving complete access to the crawlspace underneath. He had to come back a different day to finish. Two cats in the house. I warned him to never leave the hole uncovered when he wasn’t right there. Each time before I left, he assured me that he knew exactly where the cats were and they were not in the crawl space. And each time, you must know what happened next.

    He was gone for two to three hours the first day before I heard a meow and banging where my friend had placed a board over the hole in the kitchen. Counting noses, I realized I hadn’t seen Cat Two (5 years old) in a while. It was too heavy for me to lift, so I went to the pipe access panel in the bathroom, where the pipes were open to the crawlspace. I knocked on the panel and called for Cat Two and she came to the panel and meowed.

    I opened the access panel and out marched Cat Two without a hair out of place or a speck of dirt on her. No sign of emotional distress either. She looked a bit proud of herself, actually. Note that it took two or three hours for her to finish exploring the crawl space and to decide she wanted to come back to the house the same way she left it, but by then there was a board over her entry point. Hence the banging there first. She had been completely quiet during her explorations.

    The second day, same thing. Cat One (9 years old) was the quiet adventurer this time. Took him two or three hours to break his silence and meow and bang on the floor in the kitchen, which now was permanently closed. Sauntered happily out through the bathroom access panel after I called him to it, with perfectly clean long white fur.

    So it is very likely that the cat in this story did indeed find her way behind the wall all on her own but just didn’t get perturbed until she had explored it for a while. Cats do that.

    One cat decades ago kept somehow getting up above the hanging acoustic panels on the basement ceiling as her own private den. That was a real trip trying to get her down when she was tired of it… Especially the day we were moving to another state! Same cat years later figured out how jiggle open a spring-loaded door to the space under the sink, explaining why she disappeared sometimes and could not be found. She could get out any time even when it automatically closed on her. I discovered the trick when I noticed a trail of ants heading that way. I had put a bag of dry cat food there, and both the cat and ants were snacking on it (after the cat chewed a hole in it, as she always did with any box or bag of cat food left unattended for even a minute).

    • You were right, of course, to warn him not to leave the hole open. Cats are naturally highly inquisitive as we know which is why they are said to have nine lives. Their inquisitiveness gets them into all kinds of trouble which can threaten their survival. And as they are good survivors they been labelled as having nine lives. The nine lives branding comes from three times the holy Trinity to make nine.

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