Tom: Today was supposed to be a tough day anyway, with #1 leaving us for almost five long weeks in Canada. But it ended up becoming a traumatic day because of events that occurred yesterday.
Late morning yesterday, Ms. R inadvertently let Bibi out. You all know about his Houbibi adventures but the timing on this one was particularly bad. Within 10 minutes of getting out, he simply vanished. #1 and I went through the fields looking for him, not an easy task with the grass almost chest high (to #1). Nothing. The Beebs was not seen again until close to 4pm when there was a sighting in the garden. On seeing #1, he screamed blue murder and took off. The neighbours, Ms. H and Mr. P, gave #1 a hand and they eventually were able to lock him in the garage. He was under the car and crosser than anyone would have thought possible. When #1 ventured into the garage, he screamed like a banshee. This went on for about three hours...
Eventually, #1 called on Ms. H and Mr. P again, and they managed to grab him. It took #1 and Mr. P to hold him down as he fought like a madcat, hissing, clawing and biting. Thank goodness for really hefty gloves. He peed all over #1. They did manage to get him in the house and confine him to the back room with food, water and a litterbox. #1 and Tommy spent some time with him later in the evening and, after some initial hissing, all was quiet. The Beebs ate some of the food but was UTB.
We are all crossing our paws that he is going to calm down and settle down, and will be back to his usual self soonest. #1 is loath to leave but it would be really hard to cancel, or even postpone the trip. Ms. R obviously feels bad about it all but will soldier all. She has already bonded with me!
May we ask for some serious purring and crossing of paws for our little Beebster? We really don't know what came over him, and want our brother back to his usual happy and snuggly self. The back room is where he grew up as a tiny kitten and we hope it will have a calming effect on him. Needless to say, we haven't been able to do any visiting with all this, but will try to catch up soon.