It's A Bird! It's A Plane! No! It's...

...a cat who thinks she can fly.

Or climb walls.

I was awoken at an ungodly hour (Gad. 5 am on a vacation day is simply criminal) by our Ragdoll cat meowing.

Now I don't know if it's characteristic of the breed or just ours, but she is usually nearly mute. Her "meow" is the rarest of sounds, and when she DOES get vocal, she sounds like she has a muffler installed.

It's a nice change from the other two felines' caterwauling.

So it was startling to hear her bellow whilst perched on the end of our waterbed frame.

Staring straight UP.

At something crawling across the ceiling.

Waggling her rear back and forth, she prepared to pounce.

And then...

...she jumped.

Straight at the wall.


And as she failed to find purchase on anything but a bare surface, she descended quickly, her claws producing that grating nails-on-a-chalkboard sound nearly the entire journey downward. Until it was brought to an abrupt end with a loud THUMP!

From my vantage point, I couldn't see if she landed on her feet, or if she was simply a heap on the floor. So instead of continuing my fit of laughter, I thought I'd better check on her. She had left the room and was fine except, I'm sure, for a slightly bruised dignity.

I went back to bed and was just drifting off to sleep when I spotted something.

Lowering itself on a thin thread from the ceiling.

Right. Over. My. Head.

Acccccck! A spider!

SuperCat! Where the hell are you when I need you?

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Anonymous said...

Lol! Poor cat :-(

Look at it this way though, at least she woke you up to begin with (and gave you a good laugh). I don't think you would've noticed the spider otherwise. Would you?

Anonymous said...

Our cats have always done weird things like that, but not usually to a superhero kind of way. We've been intrigued by that breed, too. Will you please tell me what you like/dislike about it?

Janet said...

Too bad her cape malfunctioned. :-)

Don't ya love that claws-grating-wall sound? Sends me right over the edge every time...

Momo Fali said...

The cat would be infinitely more scary to me than a spider. Cats scare me to death.

MYM said...


Everytime I see my cats looking at something I can't see I get up and try to stop myself from freaking out ... cause I know they've either spotted a dust bunny or a bug! Okay, more dust bunnies but still.

Cupcake Blonde said...

I use my cats as a safety net because whenever they look up on the walls or follow something on the floor nine times out of ten it is an insect or spider of some wort (the tenth time it is usually a piece of litter. All those toys and they play with litter, go figure) My luck though they end up eating their "toy" and I do not have to dispose of said insect. However I do have to wait for them to play it to death.

PG said...

Cats are from another planet. I am sure of it.

Unknown said...

The visual you created is just hilarious. I can just see it. and hear it. and the people around me are wondering what the hell I'm giggling about.

Jo Beaufoix said...

See, I'd have checked for the ceiling creature first as I am a coward but I'd have been laughing at the same time. Snort.

Maureen said...

Ricardo: She was fine, which was surprising if you heard the noise she made when she hit the wall. And you are right about at least she brought my attention to the spider. I shiver to think of waking up with it on my face...

Half-Past Kissin' Time: I have always wanted a Ragdoll... and we love the breed. They are so docile, they really do flop aside when you put them down... her fur is soft like a rabbit's, and she her meow is the softest I've ever heard. She has blue eyes and is really a sweetheart. Very lovable and a large breed.

Janet: You hear that sound too, eh? Lily, right?? ;)

Momo: Cats don't scare me; they'd better not! We have three!

Drowsey: Ha!!! Dust bunnies reproduce quickly here too... hmmm must be the 'bunnies' part that makes them multiply so.

Vegas Princess: Ew... I know. They are most proud of their "prey" aren't they? At least they are indoor cats and don't bring me mice and the like.

PG; Hee hee... you may be right.

Iceel: :D Glad to have made you giggle... I'll certainly take the blame.

Jo: I had forgotten all about the stupid bug. I was too sleepy to remember to check when I returned to the bedroom... until I looked up whilst laying down, that is.

robkroese said...

Just imagine how many you've eaten.

Your blog template looks funny on my gigantic Google monitor. The text spills over onto the green part and it's hard to read. Just an FYI...

Maureen said...

Diesel: Ewwww... you're right.. I used to think about that when camping.

And thanks for the heads up on the template. You must have a huge monitor; I had it set for a max of 1280 wide... crap.

Serves me right for trying to fancy it up a bit. Fixed now. Thank you!

OHmommy said...

Poor cat. My kids love love cats. Even the baby can perfectly MEOOOW in delight at the sight of a cat. But they scare me. Is this strange?

Peggy Sez.. said...

We have a parrot that meows like a cat...

Then he proceeds to call them
"Here Kitty Kitty"

They are too smart for him and keep their distance
He's a biter...;p

Maureen said...

OhMommy: I think a lot of people are scared of cats... I grew up without cats and dogs; so I love having them around ever since I got married. So cute your little one "meows"!

Peggy: Ha! That's hilarious!!! Smart bird! (but even smarter cats!!!)

Anonymous said...

What an intelligent cat she is!

Karen MEG said...

That was HILARIOUS!!!!!

Supercat indeed!

Maureen said...

Do You Need: Well, perhaps "intelligent" isn't the perfect description. I mean, she did look pretty stupid jumping at a bare wall...

KarenMeg: :) She does have Superpowers to make us laugh!

toners said...

LOL!! Why do cats do that? They chase things that aren't really a big deal and then, when we need them, where are they???

Anonymous said...

ROFL!!! And here I thought Ragdoll cats were supposed to be terminally lazy creatures who could hardly be bothered to stand upright! LOL!

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