|A [small] Misu miracle:
Misu finds her way home|
|We never let the cats out of the house.
Because Misu does not, in general, give indications of high intelligence, I have always feared that
if she ever got out, she would be attracted by something that would lead her away from the house,
and then she not be able to find her way back home.|
|Somehow, on 27Mar02, Misu got out, without anyone
noticing -- a visitor probably
inadvertantly left the front door open? Some time later, my wife, unaware that
Misu was MIA, heard scratching at the front door. She
dismissed this as possibly something threatening which she hoped would go away.
Then the scratching came again, and she opened the door and there was Misu at the door, frantically asking
through her scratching, to be let in.
(Once back inside, Misu acted very "clingy" -- indicating that she had been frightened by
being outside and was glad to have successfully gotten back to safety.)|
|Somehow, finding herself outside and
frightened, Misu had figured out to come back to the
front door and to scratch on it to get the attention
of the people inside to open the door and let her back in.|
|The only previous
understanding of the "outside" Misu had, was from the perspective of looking out at the world
from inside the house: through the
windows, through the front door when it is momentarily open for persons to enter or leave,
and through the back door screen door, where she could sit for hours and look out at the back yard through the screen....
Now, somehow Misu managed to reconstellate this
information from the opposite perspective, and apply it to make sense of the novel situation in which she
was distressed to find herself: being outside,
as contrasted with seeing the outside from inside. Then she was further able to use this
creative insight to navigate her way back home to safety.|
|Thus Misu exhibited a small but very welcome example of fluffy ingelligence
figuring out how to cope with a situation in which the cat had no direct precedent experience, and consequently
her behavior could not be
attributed to habit or "conditioning"! (Not to mention that, when given this opportunity to
"vote with her feet", Misu freely opted to return to where normally she is constrained to be.)
See also: Misu flees her Kitty Bunker but does not run out of the house
even though all the outside doors are open and no one watching, on Moving Day, 22May06.