Springfield, MO—After more than a week of sitting in the open doorway debating, local cat Whiskers says he is very nearly decided on whether he wants to stay inside or go out.
“I’m really weighing the pros and cons of both,” he stated this morning during a phone call to the news room. “On the one hand, the sun is nice and warm, and there’s always a chance I could catch a bird or something. But on the other hand, if I stay inside, I can relax on the couch, or even on a keyboard if I’m lucky. It’s really a tough decision.”
Whiskers first made it known that he was considering whether to exit the house Wednesday of last week when he scratched at the door and waited for his human to come open it.
Whiskers’s owner, Charlie Benton, a Springfield native and schoolteacher, spoke with a reporter yesterday evening as the seventh day was drawing to a close.
“I just want what’s best for him,” Benton said as he observed the gray tabby. “I think it’s important he makes his own decisions and that I don’t force him to go one way or the other.”
The temperatures and humidity have been high this week, and we asked Benton to comment on how he’s handling the exposure to the elements with the door open 24/7.
“Yeah, it’s pretty sticky in here. But the way I see it, if making these kinds of small sacrifices means he grows into a responsible, independent cat, I know it’ll be worth it.”
Benton wiped away beads of sweat running down his forehead before adding, “Totally worth it. I’m just glad I decided to prop the door open on the second day instead of holding it myself. My arms were killing me!”
Despite the time spent, Whiskers wasn’t willing to say which way he was currently leaning. “There really are benefits to both,” he said. “I’d just hate to choose prematurely and get it wrong. I’m committed to taking the necessary time to make such an important decision.”