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Parenting & Family > Pets > Where's Fancy Pants?

Where's Fancy Pants?

No cat takes a back seat to our big, long-haired orange cat Fancy Pants when it comes to being in line to get grub. So when we realized about 10 AM this morning that she hadn't shown up for breakfast, we got concerned. [SPOILER ALERT: This has a happy ending.]

I walked around outside, calling to her, with no result. My wife suggested she might have come in to eat while we'd been out for a 30 minute walk earlier. I clung to that hope.

About an hour later, I again went outside, heading toward where I know she often hunkers down in the bushes.

"Fancy! Fancy Girl?"


When Fancy runs, the earth moves. She's a big girl. A delivery man, pulling up our driveway once, got out of his truck exclaiming, "What a huge cat!" Like I said, she doesn't miss a meal, but she gets plenty of daily exercise too.

So I scooped her up, kissed her head, exuding relief. It was ME that was relieved, not her; she hasn't a care in the world, a very small Utah part of which is her oyster. Also her mouse, her lizard, her chipmunk, her bird, and her whatever else she can catch.

The only predators Fancy needs to avoid are the occasional loose dog and the prospect of some deviant little boy with a hand weapon. [People around here start 'em young. Last Xmas a local fool gave his 4-year old boy a .22 rifle and the kid proceeded to accidentally put a slug in his older brother.]

We have a close-in perimeter fence and all she has to do is bound up a post and over to safety. I've seen her do that at high speed with nothing chasing her. I'm sure she's just practicing.

posted on Aug 4, 2013 11:34 AM ()


One of 2 cats passed away about a week and a half ago, I was the one that found her and the one that buried her too. I felt bad about her passing, but more I felt really bad for my children for we had to break the news to them. The cat had been not quite itself for a couple of days, my thinking was that due to the heat wave we had it made her kind of sluggish. I told them if the cat was still off her game I'd take her to the vet that Monday, but that Sunday morning I went outside to look for her, and when I saw her my worst fears were confirmed. There she lay in the grass looking so peaceful, like she had just went to sleep.
comment by redwolftimes on Aug 5, 2013 12:40 PM ()
Losing a pet/family member is hard. We have a little cemetery that now has five cats and two dogs in it.
reply by steeve on Aug 5, 2013 4:55 PM ()
Fancy Pants is so pretty - all over soft, and a very noble look in her eye. Your driveway is long enough that she doesn't get near the traffic on the road, isn't it? Eloise killed a little flycatcher yesterday. There have been birds dying from West Nile around here, so I wouldn't let her eat it in case it was weakened by disease when she caught it.
comment by troutbend on Aug 5, 2013 12:23 PM ()
We're well off the road. Plus, she's pretty self-sufficient. I'm not sure how long she was on her own before she found us.
reply by steeve on Aug 5, 2013 4:53 PM ()
A four year old with a 22 is the height of insanity. Kids with guns scare me to death. Fancy Pants probably doesn't know she should avoid human
comment by elderjane on Aug 5, 2013 7:14 AM ()
She has no feral background so she's probably not sufficiently dubious of strange humans.
reply by steeve on Aug 5, 2013 4:51 PM ()
That's a very purty kittie.
comment by hobbie on Aug 5, 2013 7:03 AM ()
Don't get any ideas, Hobster!!
reply by steeve on Aug 5, 2013 4:50 PM ()
damn,I thought that you were talking about me.Did you see this movie with Bob Hope.Jane Russell was the female fatale
comment by fredo on Aug 4, 2013 1:06 PM ()
Ohh, I loved Jane Russell.
reply by steeve on Aug 4, 2013 6:34 PM ()
Truly a beautiful cat. Mine don't go out except to the enclosed pool deck and I still get really worried if I have checked all their special places and they are not there. I won't go to bed at night without locating each one.
comment by tealstar on Aug 4, 2013 11:38 AM ()
Fancy often will be out and about at night; Bart sleeps with us; Sweetie sleeps on the bathroom rug; the front & rear porch cats have places to sleep on their respective porches.
reply by steeve on Aug 5, 2013 4:49 PM ()

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