A couple was going out for the evening to celebrate the wife’s birthday.
While they were getting ready, the husband put the cat out.
The taxi arrived, and as the couple walked out of their home, the cat shot back into the house.
Not wanting their cat to have free run of the house while they were out, the husband went back upstairs to chase the cat out.
The wife, not wanting it known that the house would be empty, explained to the taxi driver,
"He’s just going upstairs to say goodbye to my mother."
A few minutes later, the husband got into the car, and said,
"Sorry I took so long"
"Stupid old thing was hiding under the bed and I had to poke her with a coat hanger to get her to come out!"