While Gracie endured a self-imposed nine-day exile under the sofa, life around her went on. And while I'm quite sure she would have stayed there indefinitely if allowed to, Gracie was about to be rudely forced out of hiding.
Being a young and recently rescued cat, a trip to the vet was required. Not only did Gracie need to be checked over, she needed her vaccinations.
While any progress between Gracie and I was invisible to the naked eye, I hoped that through our daily contact she was beginning to get used to me and that the familiarity would lead to trust. So there was NO WAY I was going to be the one to put her back into the carry box for the trip to the vet.
Fortunately for us both, my partner David agreed to help out.
Unfortunately for us all, the first attempt to get Gracie into the box was not successful.
In hindsight I feel like an idiot for not blocking the chimney before attempting to move Gracie. But when a cat hasn't moved at all in nine days you forget that when push comes to shove cats can move far more quickly than unsuspecting humans can.
Turns out, Gracie wasn't entirely rigid. She darted up away from David and up the chimney stack faster than the speed of light.
Behold the aftermath (when I filmed this, Gracie was still in the chimney and I was in tears).
I was beside myself. Never mind the mess, I was sure Gracie would die up there.
The chimney wasn't in use - thank goodness - but it contained a huge amount of soot, most of which Gracie dislodged as she scrambled up the stack. I hadn't been able to coax her out from under the sofa yet, so there was no way she was going to come out of the chimney with me in the room.
We decided the best, and possibly only, course of action was to leave her alone for a few hours in the hope she'd find her own way down.
I returned to the room four hours later and there she was, back under the sofa.
We were more successful in getting her into the carry box the following day, when the extent of the mess she'd created became more apparent.
|Look at the state of those paws|
Sadly, the same could not be said for the carpet.
I know it seems obvious now, but we hadn't seen Gracie move at all in over a week and didn't anticipate how fast she could go when she put her mind to it.
This, dear reader, is what we should have done in the first place...
|No one is getting up here|
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