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Re: Cat Story


May I suggest you try opening a can of tuna or something next time?!

I'm glad you all got out safely!

On Mon, Aug 07, 2006 at 05:26:37PM -0400, Chris Petersen wrote:
> Do you guys remember "Little One", my son's cat?  Well, Steve and I are cat
> sitting again.  I love this cat, but he is a house wrecker!  He's already
> broken two of my favorite pottery planters, released the garter snakes and
> probably ate them, pushed glasses of water off my night stand, dragged cat
> toys all over the house, destroyed rolls of toilet paper, .... Well, you get
> the picture!  Anyway, LO is an indoor cat and I recently realized that his
> buddy, Spot, has learned how to open the sliding screen door to the deck by
> grabbing it with his claws. I just saw him do it today, a day too late!
> 
> Yesterday, Spot must have let LO out.  Luckily, my husband noticed the door
> almost immediately.  So there Steve and I were trying to catch the cat.  LO
> doesn't like to be held, but likes petting, but he wasn't going to be
> caught.  He hung out in the holly bushes where no one could venture without
> getting all scratched up and under the huge hostas where we couldn't get to
> him. 
> 
> Eventually, he ended up in the 3' high crawl space which goes under the
> whole house. You have to crawl through a 30" W X 24" H opening to get down
> there. Not a fun experience. Steve and I spent about 45 minutes down there
> when we realized that we still weren't going to be able to catch him. We
> almost got him once, but Steve got scratched and left to get a piece of
> plywood to cover the hole until my son came home to help get LO out. I
> decided to stay inside the crawlspace and wait for LO to calm down.  Then,
> I'd put him in his cardboard carrier, put it outside the small opening I'd
> used to get down there, and then crawl outside. Meanwhile, Steve closed the
> opening with plywood, so the cat couldn't escape past me.  All I had to do
> was push it and it would pop out, he said. Well, you can guess the rest.  I
> was getting tired of waiting out the cat after about another 45 minutes, and
> decided to try later.  When I tried to push out the plywood it was jammed
> and not going anywhere! No one was in the house and I was trapped under it
> along with the cat! Luckily, there's a light down there, but I was getting
> panicky!  Then I heard someone at my neighbor's house and I started banging
> and yelling. By this time I was yelling through a 6" vent under my deck.
> This person, who turned out not to be my neighbor, went to find my husband
> who finally got me OUT! 
> 
> Later, I successfully got LO out also.  We were both very happy to be back
> in the house again!     
> 
> Chris Petersen   
> Northport, Long Island, New York
>  Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)
> 
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