But then, along came Tofu.
Originally we didn’t want to put out food and encourage him to stick around. Then, he disappeared for about a week. But our ‘jungle’ called to him and he wandered back. He glided by the slider, just feet away as we watched TV, sat a little farther off and watched the jungle while keeping an eye on us. He came through the back door, walked through the kitchen and made a slow amble to the slider to exit within arms reach of us as we had dinner.
Not a white cat, more interesting. Splashes of tawny, of champagne. And those blue eyes. Eyes that held my gaze. He stayed wary but curious. As cats are. He wanted to know us, we both felt it. In the yard he sat still as I moved closer, but not too close. His beauty also tempted us to the feline side but A Tofu the Cat flyer arrived just as we were ready to put food out.
There won’t be more visits from Tofu. His window escape screen has been fixed. He cast a spell with his sweetness and curiosity but I’m relieved he’s home now. He’s where he belongs, where he’s safe, where he’s loved. He has a wild side so with a harness he may still get to come outside and hide under branches, hunker down in the grass. But no more risky wandering.
And I can visit!
My Hello Kitty was a totally surprising July surprise, full of delight and fascinating.