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I don't think of myself as a sexist person, but maybe I need to revisit that assessment, at least when it comes to cats. Papa and Mama Cat are two outdoor strays that my husband and I adopted a couple of years ago. Mama Cat used to stay close to home, Papa Cat did his share of wandering and that arrangement never bothered me. But lately I've been noticing a role reversal. Now Papa Cat stays close to home, even wanders into our house for some extra love and attention, and Mama Cat is out all hours of the night--doing who knows what!
What the heck is she up to? That's what I've been wondering and the curiosity has gotten so bad that I'm considering hiring a Kitty Private Eye to follow her. I know I could be overreacting; maybe this new mysterious behavior is simply because Mama's found a tasty all-you-can-eat late night fish fry. But then again, maybe she's been stepping out on me? Come to think of it, Mama's been looking too well fed and her coat has been looking pretty tidy for all this gallivanting around. Maybe there's another person who's been giving her treats on the side?
After listening to me pass judgment on Mama Cat, my husband pointed out that it isn't like she has babies at home, and Mama can't get in "trouble." (She's fixed so there hasn't even been any need to give her "the talk.")
So what's the big deal? Why is this bothering me anyway? My husband's right. There are no career ties holding Mama back and no young children at home. Maybe I should just be proud of a fellow "sister" who hasn't let herself get caught up in the empty nest syndrome blues.
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