Monday, July 8, 2013

La vie d'un petit chat français

Life sure is hard when you are cute and furry, as Rasteau has clearly demonstrated to us the past two days...

 Rasteau strolling along the ledge on the outside of the house above the first floor windows, trying to find a way out of his terrible pickle...

 you see, Rasteau managed to find a way to get on the roof, I'm not sure how...
 
 but we think he found a way to climb onto the neighbor's roof and then walked over to the roof of our garage where he desperately tried to find a way down...
 
 but he couldn't seem to figure out how to climb back down, so Lionel had to climb up and rescue a shaking and terrified furball from his unpleasant predicament.

Rasteau certainly has a propensity for getting himself in sticky situations.  There was the time when we were living in the KB and he got himself trapped in a neighbors' garden (they had 3-meter high walls surrounding the garden), and we didn't manage to find him until 5am at which point Lionel had to scale the walls to save him.  And another time, also in the KB, when he got trapped in another neighbors garden and we had to knock on their door at 10pm to have them open the gate so we could rescue the terrified little critter because he was too afraid to squeeze underneath their gate like all the other neighborhood cats.  And who could forget the time, shortly before we left the US, when he got himself stuck on the roof of my parents' shed while we had my entire family over for our going-away barbeque, and Lionel once again had to climb up and save his furry little life.  Sometimes I think the little guy just isn't made to be an outdoor cat...
 
Luckily today the weather was so hot that Rasteau didn't really feel motivated to go outside and get into trouble, and instead spent his time trying to find a cool place and position for a nap.  Here he is spread out on the floor of our bedroom (please ignore our ugly rug, I haven't had a chance to go shopping for another one yet) desperately trying to keep cool while silently blaming us for the warm weather.
 

6 comments:

  1. I would love a cat, but things like this would terrify me! I love your cats name. He is super cute!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, he scared me quite a bit when I saw him on the roof! He's actually quite good at scaring me as he always gets himself into trouble. But at least I can say that things are always interesting around here...

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  2. What a scaredy cat, haha. Curiosity (nearly) killed the cat!

    Excuse my ignorance, but what exactly is the KB? I did an internet search a few months back, but I didn't find any info.

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    1. Yes, curiosity has nearly killed this cat on multiple occasions!

      And the KB is the town we used to live in outside of Paris, short for le Kremlin-Bicêtre. Not exactly the nicest suburb of Paris (kind of like the suburb of Bordeaux we now live in, not exactly the nicest but convenient) but it was well situated with a lot of public transportation - metro, buses, night buses - and cheaper than living inside Paris.

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  3. Aww poor Rasteau! He looks much more at home chillin' inside on your rug than hanging out on rooftops! Noé would be too scared to come down, too ;)

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    1. Yes, I wish he would just stay inside rather than spending most of his time outside getting himself into trouble! But he refuses to listen to me. Sigh.

      And two nights ago he got in quite the fight with a much bigger cat and we ended up having to take him to the vet this morning because we could tell he was in a lot of pain. Turns out the other cat bit him on the shoulder, right in the muscle. Poor little guy could barely even walk.

      I'm completely convinced that indoor cats are the way to go but Rasteau would never be happy now and Lionel would never allow me to keep him inside.

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