I think some characteristics of life are shared by cat-owners. They may be a part of the lives of dog-owners and other pet-owners. Parents probably know these characteristics. But I know most cat-owners have experienced similar things.
I was lying on my bed yesterday, trying to rest, and I heard a noise from the kitchen. It was a gentle tinkling, as of pebbles descending a metal slide. This particular noise may not have been encountered by every cat-owner, but the phrase that occurred to me surely has been spoken many times.
“That didn’t sound right…”
Sure enough, upon investigation, I discovered an amount of hard cat-food that I had forgotten when I was re-filling the outside food-bowl. To put the oldest food on top, I set the remains from the bowl aside and re-charged it with fresh kernels. I had neglected to put the old back in the bowl; it had remained on the stove-top. That’s where Hector, with his nose for food, had located it. Not content with eating it, he had knocked some of it to the floor, for Zofia to sample. This was the tinkling sound, as it bounced across and off the stove-top.
As I wrote above, not every cat-owner has experienced this exact event. But I’ll bet at some point, likely many points, in time, something similar has prompted the thought, “That didn’t sound right…”