We have a new cat … new to us …. two years old and big as cats go. We no sooner opened the box we carried him in than he made for the basement. We looked everywhere, behind this and under that. He ate his food when we weren’t around and didn’t show a whisker for three weeks. We named him Merlin. We spent time in the basement, calling his name, as if that would do it. Turned out he was up on the overhead pipes, looking down at us. It took time but Merlin has now taken possession of the upstairs.