Perhaps cats are able read?
A North Carolina makeup artist named Mary Irwin, has a cat who went missing from her home.
Just like many other pet owners who end up in this overwhelming and upsetting position, Irwin created “missing” signs which she posted around her neighborhood.
The signs included an accurate physical description of Babou and a rather honest overview of the feline’s personality, as well.
“She’s kind of a jerk,” noted part of the sign which Irwin posted in the Charlotte neighborhood of Ballantyne.
These notices not only caught the attention of some of her neighbors, but the world wide web as well.
Irwin’s sign actually did go viral, with many wondering why she would ever call her cat a jerk.
“She knows how she is supposed to behave but she likes to see what she can get away with. She has a scratching post but if she’s mad at us, she’ll wait until we’re looking at her, then she’ll walk over to the couch and stick out one paw and run it slowly down the side of the couch. Like a teenager.”
The owner also explained that the cat will cuddle for about 2.5 seconds before acting very independent. However, Babou is a sweetheart to the vet and to all new people she meets.
Regardless of Babou’s occasional yet obvious sassy demeanor, Irwin truly does love her cat, quirks and all, and was actually worried sick about her during the days she was missing.
Thankfully, the cat — in Babou’s usual fashion — did end up returning of her own accord.
“I had just gotten off the phone with a Canadian radio show talking about her and was talking to a friend on the other line — heard a scream from the other room and then my husband saying “WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN???” Irwin explained to PEOPLE in an email. “And lo and behold, there she was, walking through the front door 5 days after going missing, totally soaked and a few pounds thinner but safe.”
Irwin is very relieved and completely ecstatic to have Babou back scratching her sofa. Perhaps this experience will prompt her to be a little less of a jerk, but more than likely – not!