A man goes on holiday and leaves his cat with a friend. When he returns he asks how the cat is.
"She's dead!" comes the reply.
"Jesus mate, you could have broken the news a bit more gently!" he says "you could have said something like she somehow escaped... she jumped on the roof... there was a loose tile... it was touch and go for a while... "
"Oh gee, sorry!" says his friend, "I didn't think."
A couple of years pass and the guy goes on holiday again. This time asks his mate to look in on his elderly mother while he is away. When he comes back he asks how she has been.
"Well, it's like this..." says his friend nervously "she somehow escaped... she jumped on the roof... there was a loose tile..."