So far – Clarice Kitten, who lives in the forest, got curious about some “noms” a woman offered her. Unfortunately, the woman used the food to trap Clarice and take her to the vet. Now the adults are trying to get her out. You can read the details here.
The three cats ran up to the house. They found Clarice asleep on a pillow on a back porch. There were screens around the porch and a screen door. Frank jumped onto one of the screens and looked in.
Frank (whispering): Clarice, wake up. We’re here to help. Wake up.
Clarice woke up and looked around. She ran to the window when she saw Frank. She started crying and tried to tell him what happened to her.
Frank: Shhh. You need to be quiet so you don’t wake the humans. We want to get you out of there.
Clarice: Please get me out. I hate it here.
Frank: OK, your parents are out there. Let me talk to them and we’ll figure something out.
Clarice: Hurry! They want to spray me and give me to some humans. I want to be with you.
Frank: It’s OK. Try to be calm. I’ll be back in a couple of minutes.
Frank jumped down. The three cats went back to the edge of the woods to try and come up with a solution.
Kate: How is she?
Frank: She’s fine, but scared. She says they want to spray her and give her to some humans.
Kate: Spray her? With what?
Tom: No human is going to take my kitten! What are we going to do?
Frank: I don’t see any way in. I don’t think we can get through the screens without waking up the human.
Katie: Then we need to get her out the same way she got in.
Frank: What’s that?
Katie: The human has to let her go.
Tom: Do you have an idea?
Katie: Maybe. She saw me earlier, so she might expect me to come back.
Tom: Great. So you’re going to let her get you too?
Frank: I don’t think we have to get inside. I think we need to get the human to open the door to let Clarice out.
Tom: OK. So how do we do that?
Frank: Katie can go up to the house and start crying. Hopefully the human come outside to see what is going on and open the door. Clarice needs to be ready to race out the door when that happens.
Kate: I guess it’s worth a try. Go tell Clarice the plan.
Frank climbed back up and told Clarice to be ready to run if the woman opened the door to see what was going on outside. Clarice hid under a chair by the door and waited.
Frank: OK, Kate. Let’s try it.
Kate sat outside the porch and cried and cried. Clarice began to cry too. Frank and Tom waited. And waited. Nothing happened.
Frank: It’s not working.
Tom: I have an idea.
He let out a yowl and ran toward the house. Frank followed. Tom turned and hissed at him. They started to circle each other and growl. Soon they were hissing and spitting. It turned into a full cat fight. Finally a light came on in the house. The woman came to the porch.
Woman: What on earth is going on out there?
Kate continued to cry, and the male cats were fighting loudly.
Woman: For goodness sake, be quiet!
No one was really paying attention to her, except Clarice, when she opened the door. Clarice raced out and ran to her mother. Kate saw her.
Kate: Run, Clarice!
Kate took off after Clarice. Tom and Frank were still at each other when the girls ran by. Kate came back.
Kate: Get going! She’ll come out if you two don’t quiet down.
The three adult cats raced into the woods. They found Clarice. When she saw her mother she started crying again. Kate licked her and calmed her down. They headed for home. The two male cats looked at each other.
Frank: What was that all about?
Tom: It was the only way I could think of to make more noise. No hard feelings?
Frank sat down and bathed himself. After finding no damage from the fight, he calmed down.
Frank: I guess I understand. But next time, let me know what’s going on. I could have killed you.
Tom: Not much danger of that.
They looked at each other again and started walking home.