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Have You Seen Jemima Kirke’s Cat?

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Has anyone seen former Girls star and Red Hook resident Jemima Kirke’s cat? He got out. Kirke, who is surprisingly active on Nextdoor, posted earlier this week about his disappearance. There are a number of twists and turns so buckle up.

Mr. Chips is apparently a sneaky little rascal who has gotten out a few times, most recently “whilst a new nanny … left the front door ajar for a few seconds too long.” Then, Mr. Chips was found. Except when the nanny went to go pick him up, “he clawed at her and wouldn’t follow her home.” So then another person offered to take him home until someone could retrieve Mr. Chips. Then, Kirke was unable to get in contact with this person because the phone number given to her by a “third party” (what?) was “a digit off.” Kirke, jumping to conclusions, “was convinced he was stolen.”

More than two days later, she tried a random number on her missed calls list from the day he went missing. (I would’ve done the same two days earlier.) Then this person, who Kirke previously thought was kind, was now “livid” because she thought Kirke was neglecting her cat. (Kirke is not a neglectful cat owner, she just neglects her missed-calls log!)

If you thought this would be all wrapped up then and there, you are mistaken. “Minutes” after these texts were exchanged, the neighbor informed Kirke that she had let Mr. Chips go because he was fighting with another cat. Kirke “didn’t understand this decision given her previous concern and care.”

Kirke has searched and left out food, but Mr. Chips still has not returned. She fears Mr. Chips’s street smarts are “not as strong as they used to be after months of being inside.” (Relatable.)

Kirke is, naturally, aware that people may feel Mr. Chips has “been neglected” and should be “re-homed.” Hopefully, this novel of a Nextdoor post changes that perception. If you have seen Mr. Chips anywhere around Red Hook, please find a way to contact Jemima Kirke. (Other than calling her because she may not respond for days.)

Have You Seen Jemima Kirke’s Cat?