Two ladies were talking. One had taken in a cat or the cat had adopted her.
The cat had jumped on her computer keyboard causing her to lose the writing she was doing. Probably at her anguished reaction, the cat ran and hid, as cats will do when scared.
At the words “I can not find my cat,” the second lady asked if the friend was keeping the cat or rather concluded the same from her friend's possessive term “my cat.”
She then took a spool of twine and pulled out a long piece.
The new cat owner asked what she was doing.
The second lady answered , “I am making a cat finder.”
Then the cartoonist showed her as she walked off, dragging the long piece of twine behind her through the cat novice’s house. Soon, the cat came from its hiding place to pounce on the string!
Clearly the cartoonist either knew cats or cat loving ladies! There are now studies showing that babies and all but three or four animals generally fail to understand cause and effect, i.e., that a treat on one end of a string can be gotten by pulling it to you. Rather cats just cannot resist chasing string. I knew that from having cats, no study required. So did the cartoonist some years ago.
I too used similar “cat locators” -- at times I wanted my cats but they were hiding, like when it was time to go to the vet. (How do they know?) Cats cannot resist small moving objects and must try to catch them. This of course puts them in sight and if you are clever enough able to catch.
It is also get exercise for cats and humans. Happy trails!"