My current household mystery:
First, the backstory. My cats are not allowed in the bedroom at night. I need a good night’s sleep. My cat Rex really, really, REALLY likes to be able to sleep with me. And stomp all over me at hourly intervals.
Last year at Thanksgiving, my jerk father (who begged to be allowed to catsit) let Rex (indoor only all his life) escape into the wilderness. After eight days with no food, I was able to trap Rex (starving, terrified) and bring him home. I let him sleep with me for awhile after that event, until he started acting more normal again.
Well, since then, Rex has not taken his banishment lightly. His goal has been to get into the bedroom at all costs. He learned how to open the bedroom door, which is a pocket door. I propped some heavy stuff against the door. He got strong enough to open it anyway. I stuffed a book under the door. He defeated that book, so I got a thicker one. That seemed to stymie him for awhile.
Then he realized that he could simply hide in my room before I went to bed. He has a couple of hiding places in the room that I can’t reach. My bedtime is between midnight and 2 am. At first, he started lying in wait around 10 pm. So I started closing the door around 8. It finally got to the point where Rex would make a mad dash for my bedroom when I came home from work at 6 pm. This backfired on him because he found he couldn’t wait that long, and he would come out looking for me around 10.
I tried to trick him by calling to him when he was hiding out. (He comes to his name.) Just once, I was able to lure him out with the promise of cuddles and toys. Now he knows better.
On Thursday night when I went to bed, I leaned out the door and saw Rex in the living room, playing. I closed the door, jammed the book under the track, and hopped into bed. About twenty minutes later, Rex hopped up on the bed and started to purr. I turned on the light, expecting to see he’d opened the door. I figured maybe he’d gotten strong enough to defeat the “lock.” But the door was closed and the book was in place. I have no idea how he got in. But he was very pleased with himself.
I’m unnerved. A kitty with magical powers?