A few weeks ago, my husband was talking about buying collars for our Persian kittens — the kind with tags that contain the pet’s name as well as the name of its owner and his address.
We didn’t think it was something urgent though. The kittens seemed quite content to stay and play in the house and garden. But things happened during the past week that makes buying those pet collars urgent.
An ironing woman, Michelle, comes in three times a week. When I opened the gate for her last Tuesday, the male Persian kitten, Salt, snuck under the gate. He was coming in, not going out. Michelle said she found him outside the gate.
Yesterday was even worse. When I opened the gate, Michelle was holding Salt. She said she saw a little boy a few meters from out gate holding Salt. She called to the boy to tell him that the kitten belonged to us.
For some reason, it is just Salt, the male Persian kitten, who seems to have a penchant for roving. His partner, Pepper, does not even show any interest in the outdoors save for our rear garden. But Salt is different. When someone opens the front door, he would sneak out and run to the garage. Most times, we had to catch him before the car could enter the garage so that he wouldn’t get run over.
I’m wondering… is roving a male cat characteristic or a generic male characteristic?
Of course, we know now that we have to get those pet collars very, very soon.