My cat is doing something in that involves sporadic thumping. I am certain that I do not want to find out what it is. I am also pretty sure I’ll be cleaning up the evidence later.
To the members of my family who keep trying to grab the cat by her collar:
It’s not broken. Cat collars are supposed to pop open like that when pulled on so the cat does not strangle herself when she inevitably gets stuck on something, because cats are not dogs.
Cats are not dogs. You don’t grab a cat by the collar. You grab a cat by the cat.
My mother accidentally locked the cat out on the balcony. It’s fairly easy to do- this cat does not make a fuss, or any other sort of alert sound, when she is stuck somewhere. Instead it’s on you to note “hey, it’s been a suspiciously long time since I’ve seen the cat,” and go on a fuzzy scavenger hunt.