People who have and love their pets know the unique terror, worry, and fear that accompanies the moment you realize they’ve gotten away from you, and you don’t know where they are.
I’ve never lost a pet, myself, but it’s almost happened enough times, or has happened briefly, and it’s easy enough to imagine the heartache.
Which is what Stanislav Zak must have felt for the weeks that his tuxedo cat went missing – and he must have felt such joy when he found him and brought him home!
But then….his actual cat came back.
Comedian James Felton shared the story on Twitter, musing on what could be going on – movies starring cats instead of people, basically.
— Elizabeth May (@_ElizabethMay) April 7, 2020
It didn’t take long for Twitterers with too much time on their hands to realize the cats aren’t exactly identical.
But, but… they look completely different. pic.twitter.com/mvbMJSmIfa
— Matthew Hodson #StayHomeSaveLives (@Matthew_Hodson) April 7, 2020
Marked up images and everything.
I have too much time on my hands. pic.twitter.com/diE47Abtjm
— Matthew Hodson #StayHomeSaveLives (@Matthew_Hodson) April 8, 2020
But it also didn’t take long for at least one woman to point out that her own husband doesn’t realize when she changes her hair color, so perhaps this man not recognizing his cat isn’t too far off base.
Strangely, this has happened to other people.
I have a similar issue, opened the door 6 months ago to let “my cat” in, she wasn’t “my cat”, she’s still here pic.twitter.com/jCXL4zLpkI
— Jason Burch (@WW1Hun) April 8, 2020
I love how they all just have two cats now, lol whatever.
It was dark, and I let an orange and white cat in. And then there were two. pic.twitter.com/DY2tKnyNbT
— Owlie (@talionis_l) April 8, 2020
And a disturbing number of people have actually buried other people’s cats.
Of course, a black and white cat was indeed buried in the back garden by that point.
— Lucy Nichol (@LucyENichol) April 7, 2020
I can’t believe they had to confess they buried the wrong cat to this man.
My dad did this once when we were children. Except the cat he found first had been run over outside our house. We buried him.
Then our cat came back.
A few days later a man came knocking to ask if we had seen his ginger tom.
— Francesca Danczak (@FranDanczak) April 7, 2020
You guys. This happens way more often than I ever would have believed!
A woman came to our door once and told us she had run over our cat. We cried & cried & dug a grave on that wet cold night. Suddenly our cat popped from behind the cat coffin which contained an identical but dead cat. Same collar and everything. I nearly died
— Anna Banana on lockdown (@annanotherthng) April 8, 2020
So, whether you believe he couldn’t recognize his own cat or just thought it would make for a good story…you can’t deny this is a good story.
And as long as no one out there is missing this OTHER cat, it has a happy ending, too!
So maybe it’s Fringe, but with cats, idk.
But this is a great tail. Don’t you agree?