All for a Cat

It was an ordinary day at the office. Paper work, lagging PC starting up, printer jamming – the usual.

So there i was, working hard at scanning client’s claim documents before submission, when i heard my colleagues called out in eagerness and anxiety.

“OMG, look there! Its still there! After 3 days, its still there”, J said.

A came along and when she saw it, she exclaimed, “It’s stuck!”.

I considered to ignore their sudden, surprising discovery and get on with my scanning business. But naturally, because curiosity kills the cat, i found myself peering out to see what the commotion was all about.

As it turns out, it was, in fact, a cat. A grown dirty orangey cat, with a stubby tail. Stuck on the 2nd floor ledge, apparently for several days, unable to get off.

A, having a soft spot for animals wasted no time in gathering J and C to rescue the cat – though they hadn’t the slighted clue on how they’d do it.

With a box and some murukus (yes, murukus – not because we thought the cat was indian inclined, but that was the only junk food available in the office) in hand, A, J, and C hurried over to try to save the cat.

Apparently cats eat murukus. Or it was just dire hunger after being stranded for several days. Either way, Option 1 of ‘hopefully cat jumps into the box with murukus’ clearly didn’t work.

Left with no choice, A decided to go up the office on the 2nd floor to see if anything can be done from the windows. Despite an ongoing meeting in that, she managed to alert the manager about the cat and even persuaded him to let her in to assess Option 2.


ALL this happening while i was still in office, still managing the stubborn scanning process.

Then i got a text from C which read, “U come level 2.”

Fully aware of what comes next, I hurried over to the opposite office, bracing myself for some death defying stunt of my life the day.

And as i was making nervous greetings when i entered, the whole meeting room fell silent as if uncomfortable with a stranger in their midst. Felt so awkward.

It wasn’t long before i took off my shoes, carefully climbed leg by leg out the 45°, max 55° slant window pane, and wriggled through a mere 10 inch gap onto the ledge.

I then had to climb down onto another ledge where the cat was, which was about ¾ of my height.

As scary as it was, i collected what guts i had and nimbly climbed down to the urea smelling ledge. The cat has been there for some time.

My sudden appearance apparently shocked the cat, forcing it into fight or flight mode. I sure am glad it didn’t choose fight, as it decided to jump off the ledge onto the 1st floor, after a brief moment of disoriented hesitation.

By itself. (flips white eyes)

Even though i had to climb back in without cat in hand, we are glad to know we “helped” it get of the ledge. The managers in the office even thanked us for having kind hearts as we left. What a kind gesture – we appreciate it!

Have you ever seen a more unimpressed cat?

Moral of the story: sometimes when one is stuck, all one needs is a push. 😉

Team work makes work light.

A for the passion and initiative.

C for covering ground and being camera ready.

J for keen sights, support, and of course, the murukus

I just climbed out a window and scared a pussy cat.


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