The Adventures of Pumkin the Cat: Conclusion!

Pumkin the cat says, "Happy Halloween."

In Part 1, Pumpkin came into our lives, only to vanish mysteriously.

In Part 2, the search for Pumpkin seemed hopeless.

Part 3:

“Guess what we found?” Eve asked.

“Pumkin?” I asked, hopefully.

“Yes!” She said.

“Alive?” I asked with trepidation.

“Yes!” she said with joy. “I know it’s her because as soon as she saw me she tried to suck my ear.” Yes, that was Pumkin—she thought Eve was her mom, and would suck on her earlobe whenever she needed some love. It was an odd but harmless habit—although, one of Eve’s earlobes is now longer than the other.

Gigi (the babysitter) and Eve had been at home when they got a call from someone saying that she had found our cat running across the road…in the worst neighborhood of Allentown, five miles away!!!!!! Seriously, Pumkin couldn’t have picked a more dangerous neighborhood to end up in, and yet what a wonderful, generous thing it was for the woman who found her to call us and return her to us (after feeding her a can of tuna fish).

When Lou and I got home we rushed in, and there she was. She was filthy, had lost almost half her weight, was covered in ticks, and worst of all, had a look in her eyes of someone who had been hunted, been hurt, and lost her innocence. Poor Pumkin!

When Lou checked our voice messages from the night before, Halloween night, there was a ransom message from some guys saying they had found our cat at the local Burger King, and if we didn’t bring money she was a goner!!! Poor Pumkin!

I pulled off all the ticks, fed her, and took her to the vet, where they declared her skinny but uninjured. But Pumkin was home for Halloween!

Within weeks, she was back to her normal weight—although still sneaking out whenever she could. And years later, she has chosen to be an outside cat who occasionally tries to sneak in instead of out. Every time I take her to the vet, they say, “Pumkin?! You’re still alive?!!”

Yes, Pumkin Shirley is alive and well. She is still hunting mice, having nighttime run-ins with the fox, and finding crazy places to fall asleep…like the baby stroller! And every Halloween, we are so thankful that we found her and she gave us a Halloween happy ending!

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18 Responses to The Adventures of Pumkin the Cat: Conclusion!

  1. Shelbi October 30, 2009 at 10:10 am #

    What a fantastic adventure!!! Happy Halloween Pumkin!

  2. June October 30, 2009 at 10:54 am #

    Lucky Cat! Cute story for Halloween….thanks!

  3. Sue October 30, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    Thank goodness this story had a happy ending! Happy Halloween!

  4. Steph October 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm #

    I knew she’d come back. I just knew it!

  5. Lee October 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    I want to get a cat!

  6. Story lover October 30, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    I totally love that story of yours. it is the most moving and heart warming story! I was perfect that Pumpkin came back and that little eve has her kitty again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  7. Story lover October 30, 2009 at 7:55 pm #


  8. Story lover October 30, 2009 at 7:56 pm #

    whoops i meant…

  9. Anna October 31, 2009 at 7:44 am #

    A cat owner myself, it was so heartbreaking to read about the disapperance of poor Pumpkin! Every time I hear that some cat returns is like a miracle. I wish little Pumpkin all the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Halloween!

  10. Tony Case October 31, 2009 at 1:46 pm #

    Oh gosh, what a relief, yay Pumkin!! Hope you & yours have a Happy Halloween, Maria!!

  11. Catlady3 October 31, 2009 at 2:42 pm #

    Yay Pumkin. May all cats have happy endings. Happy Halloween!

  12. Amanda November 1, 2009 at 12:38 am #

    We have a disappearing cat story, as well. But, ours involves poop on the garage roof as a strange sign that our little fluff ball was still alive. Our story also has a happy ending 🙂 Lovely Halloween series!

  13. Amanda November 1, 2009 at 12:39 am #

    p.s. What did you dress as this year?

  14. Maria (farm country kitchen) November 1, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    Alas, I did not dress up this year. Maya and Tony went to Hulaween as the Princess Bride and the Dread Pirate Roberts (aka the Man in Black). Lucia was Tinkerbell. Eve was…not sure but the kind of things 12 year olds who are too cool to dress up are…Lou, well, if he could have fit into the wonder woman costume he bought for Lucia, I think that’s what he would have been. Or, perhaps, a Phillies fanatic.

  15. Daniela Caride November 1, 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    Oh gosh, thank goodness this cat is back!!!

  16. JW King November 2, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    Wonderful. Thank you for sharing Pumpkin’s story.

  17. Donna in Delaware November 23, 2009 at 9:16 am #

    Great tale of adventure for the season. Go get ’em pumkin!

  18. ann hewitt February 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    If you have an opportunity, check out Black and Tan Siamese ( She posts pictures and adventures of her kittens and cats.

    I have three cats and they always rush for the door and then alley oop over the back fence.

    How old is Pumpkin and how is she now? I am so happy she was found but, there are some really cruel individuals.

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