I have a next door neighbor with whom I am very friendly, and we watch
each others' houses in the event the other is out of town. (Her more so
than I, for she is a buyer for a hotel chain and travelles frequently)
On to the problem. This young lady has scads of cats, to be specific, 6
of them. Last night I was eating my supper in front of the tele and
when I was done, I scooped the remains into the garbage disposal, fully
intending to grind it up at a later time.
While I was using the facilities a few moments later, I heard the most
godawful sound from the kitchen followed by a small herd of cats
thundering down the hall and under her bed to hide.
I went in the kitchen, expecting to find the paper towel holder knocked
over or something. Instead, the source of the noise is a young tabby
head first into the disposal, quite dead, and kind of bouncing around.
I have not been able to bring myself to pull the little bloke's body
out yet. The toggle switch for the disposal is on the side of the
faucet, and as best I can tell, the little one poked it's head past the
little rubber triangles that cover the disposal opening looking for my
food. Another cat must have stepped on the switch and activated it,
which makes sense, as the 'on' setting is in the downward position. So
obviously I turned it off posthaste.
In any event, I am going to have to remove this kitten and clean this
disposal out. Electrical things are quite alien to me, and I want to
know what steps I should take to avoid being shocked or cut by this
device. Should I leave it intact and pour bleach in it? Should I run
more food through it? Does it even require cleaning? I do not know what
to do with the body of the cat, but that is another issue. I have not
yet decided whether or not to tell her it ran away or bury it and just
tell her it died sleeping.
But I am afraid if I do not clean the disposal thoroughly and remove
all traces of the kitten, if it ever were to break, the eventual
repairman would take note of the cat hair and suddenly I would be the
friendly next door limey cat murderer. So I must clean it.
What tools should I borrow to use for this and how to get it done with
the least amount of trouble and danger? Please respond soon, as she is
due back this evening and I have a great deal of work to do.