If you have seen this cat......RUN !!
Early Thursday afternoon this fiendish feline was found in the Hotel Matador. We suspect he is a cat burglar and that we intercepted him before he could take the items he was casing.
We couldn’t find where he entered the establishment, so we also wonder if there might be an accomplice inside the inn.
The only persons in residence at the time of the discovery of the intruder were Charlene, a guest who was quietly reading in her room downstairs, and innkeeper Marilynn who was also reading in order to make the guest feel at home.
Charlene’s rapt attention to her book was broken by a series of soft meows and then a loud thump and yowling noise. She quickly made her way to the innkeeper’s room to inquire if a cat was a part of the hotel personnel. Verifying that it was not, both women proceeded cautiously toward the front of the building where an increasingly loud thumping and horrendous yowling could now be heard. The orange cat with wide, vicious eyes was leaping from the floor to about five feet up on the front curtains, pulling them down and bending the curtain rod in a strange U-shape. He now began to focus some of his anger on us with growling sounds.
At this exact moment, a send off parade, complete with the fire truck sounding its siren passed by, which further aggravated the feline. He continued to leap at the window to try to escape. We opened the front door and encouraged him with a broom to “scat out.” He declined and instead headed toward the dining room where he leapt again at each window as he made the length of the room and proceeded to the back door which was not yet open. He pounced and managed to claw down the curtain on that door as well.
I fearlessly scared him away so I could open the back door for his escape which he promptly refused and headed back to the front with the speed of a race horse and streaked out the still open front entry. We quickly closed all doors and looked around at the damage.
Curtains were down, doors were askew, leaves had blown in over the floors and carpets, and we were tired and scared.
We could find nothing missing, not even from the kitchen trash. We are continuing to be vigilant for this dangerous animal and are putting out this warning to neighboring businesses and homes. He has bright catlike eyes, a mean, loud screeching yowl, claws that can take down established curtains, and a vertical jump that could qualify him for the NBA. Do not let him in……Run>>>>>