On this day we found ourselves in a large well-built house. When we arrived, the realtor stated that the “escape artist purebred $5,000 cat” absolutely needs to stay inside, definitely not allowed outside.
It was a large house with and even with two inspectors it took about three hours to get through. We finished the whole inspection without letting the cat out, which was a challenge because the cat really wanted to go out. It was to the point that when I went out the French doors to the back patio (carefully shutting the doors behind me) when I came back the cat was pressed up against the doors all ready to escape. The realtor had to come over and physically pick the cat up to allow me to open the door and come back in. We made it all the way to the end of the inspection, however, when I opened the front door with my arms full of inspection gear, the cat accelerated out of the living room and bolted OUTSIDE into the front yard! Suddenly the nice inspection turned into a nightmare. Luckily for us, the cat immediately got sidetracked in a bush near the front door. I ran out into the yard between the $5,000 cat and the world, and the realtor moved very slowly and carefully and was able to pick the cat up as it was smelling a leaf.
And there was much rejoicing!