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The Cat That Got Away

Home Stager with Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia

We're friends, right?  Then I guess it's okay for this Roswell home stager to tell you cat on the prowlthat I'm not a pet lover.  Apparently, the animals realize this and treat me accordingly.  Like yesterday, for instance.

I went to a client's home in Roswell to take photos, measurements and match colors for a home staging job.  My instructions were to enter the house through the garage, which I did.  As I opened the door going from the garage into the kitchen, a cat ran out of the house.  At first it lingered a few moments, just sort of prancing around, but then, just as the garage door was almost closed, out it scooted.  I immediately put the door back up and there it sat in the driveway, giving me the "look."

cat with the lookFor a brief moment I tried to sweet talk the cat into coming to me, but, as I said, the animal seemed to know that I wasn't fond of cats.  I made it to within 5 feet of him when he ran away.  It was in that split second that I realized this was a serious situation.  I called for the cat, looked for the cat, enticed the dog in the back yard to help me find the cat, but no luck.  What to do?

I went into the home, took my measurements and completed the rest of the work, then built up my nerve to call the homeowner to report what had happened.  The call went into voicemail.  My message said something like, "Andrea, when I opened the kitchen door the cat ran out of the house.  I can't find him.  I'll be leaving in 10-15 minutes.  What should I do?"  At this time I was getting a little worried realizing the seriousness of the situation.scared face

When it was time to go, I looked for and called the cat again.  No sign of him.  I had another appointment, so I couldn't hang around.  I called the homeowner again and left another message.  I put the garage door down and pulled out of the driveway as sheer panic seized me.

Throughout the afternoon as I was going from one Atlanta color consultation to the next, I phoned Andrea, only to get her voice mail each time.  I began to pray for the safety of the cat.  I called my friend Tonya who runs a rescue mission for stray, wounded, and abused animals and asked her what to do.  She volunteered to immediately leave work to help me find the cat; that is, until she realized the home was in Roswell.  (She works in Gainesville.)  By this time I was frantic.

About 30 minutes later I arrived home and made my final call to the homeowner stating, "Andrea, I am worried sick about ylittle girl with kittyour cat.  Please call ASAP to let me know if you have found him and if he's alright."  Of course, I was beginning to have visions of the cat splattered on the road somewhere.  This was not looking good.  To think that I was responsible for my client's lost (and maybe dead) cat!!!  It was too much.

About 30 minutes later, when I was about to check myself into the hospital with chest pains, the phone rang.  It was Andrea.  She apologized profusely for not calling earlier.  She worked through lunch and hadn't checked her cell phone all day!  What she said next brought tears to my eyes.  "The cat is a stray that I need to adopt.  The girls were supposed to let him out this morning.  He doesn't stay in the house during the day while we're gone because he fights with our other cat.  Everything's fine.  Don't worry."  Whew!  I have never been so relieved in all my life.  I thanked the Lord for taking care of the cat and texted Tonya to let her know the crisis had passed.  She wanted to leave work anyway.

My husband's comment when I shared the story with him?  "Just don't add Pet Sitting to your list of services."  Very funny.

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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Patsy, I am sorry that you were worried sick all day.  I would have felt the same way.  You may not like pets but you do care.  Good job!

Jun 22, 2011 03:05 PM
Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

What a sweet comment!  Yes, I do care if animals are splattered across the pavement while on my watch.  Doesn't make for a happy client.

Jun 22, 2011 03:09 PM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

OMG.. my biggest fear!    Letting the beloved "baby" out and not being able to get him back, or worse yet, a Seller calling me to tell me that a co broke let one out, something I have no control over.........   So glad this worked out well for you.... in the meantime.. a home with pets?  It still makes me nervous!  

Jun 22, 2011 04:17 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Patsy, what a great story (since it has a "Happy Ending").

     Next to "Appointment Only" and "Agent Must Accompany", the worst detriment to Showing a House is "Don't Let the Cat Out" or "Don't Let the Cat In".

    I once spent an afternoon rounding up a Cat that raced out the front door.  

   Never again!   :)

Jun 22, 2011 05:00 PM
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC - Lafayette, LA

I'm one of those FoF's (Friends of Felines) but once had an owner's cat zip out the door when I arrived for a previewing. They failed to mention the cat or that it was an experienced escape artist and required quite an effort to recapture him. There's no worse feeling than allowing a pet out.

Jun 22, 2011 07:48 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Patsy, I can well imagine your fear all day long, not fun at all. I am so glad it turned out well! I have had a few escape on me, and it is not fun at all.

Good to see you!!!

Jun 23, 2011 12:29 AM
Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Carol Ann - It was truly a frightening experience and one that I don't want to repeat.  I'm with you -- a house with pets is totally nerve racking!

Fred - I feel your pain!  Ugh.

Mike - Love your line "experienced escape artist"!  Ha, ha.

Andrea - Hey there!  Long time, no see!  Now that I'm somewhat back, I'll be on the lookout for your great blogs.  Thanks for stopping by to say hello!

Jun 23, 2011 01:00 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Patsy - It's such a responsibility when homeowners leave their animals in the house.  I can just imagine that cat thumbing his paw at you as you tried desperately to recapture him.  Oh, and I know exactly what you mean when you say he gave you "the look"!

Jun 23, 2011 04:06 AM
Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Sally, so true.  So, you've gotten "the look" too?  I could almost hear this cat snickering at me under his breath!

Jun 23, 2011 04:27 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Patsy you must have been sooo worried!  I've done this before when I was younger and cat-sitting for a neighbor.  Luckily I found him hours later but it was quite the panic!

Jun 23, 2011 08:48 AM
Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Hi Kerrie!  I'm honored that you stopped by my post.  Yes, it was pretty frightening.  I'm glad your adventure turned out well, too!

Jun 23, 2011 12:10 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm glad to hear it all worked out, but you shouldn't have been put in that position in the first place!  

Jun 28, 2011 04:17 AM
Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Sharon, so kidding!  I've had too many of those situations lately.  Never a good feline, er... feeling.

Jun 28, 2011 09:55 AM