Monday, February 23, 2009

PSA on cats in closets

Late last night I heard a faint meow. Chum was not on our bed nor in his heated bed on the chair so I got up to look for him. After a few minutes of looking around the room I opened my closet door and his head popped out, then he screamed. It was not a typical angry meow it was a scream of pain. I woke Tom saying I NEED HELP! and realized Chumley's back legs had been tangled up in a wraparound tie that was attached to one of my shirts on a low hanging rod. He was wiggling in pain but his lower body was completely stuck. The tie had wrapped around both legs (hog tied) and then another loop was tight around his belly. We couldn't pull him forward out of the closet so Tom had to hold his head and shoulders while I worked to untangle the fabric while in the closet. Chumley started to FREAK OUT and bit the top of my hand (not Toms!) but we calmed him as best we could because the more he moved the worse he became tangled. I finally managed to free both legs and then slide the rest of the tie down his lower body and he bolted out of the closet. We were so relieved to see that he was ok because it gave us all quite a scare. Even Wrigs. He knew Chum was in distress and was nervously barking while Tom and I were trying to free him. I just wanted to pass this along because we all know how our cats love to hide and sleep inside cozy closets but that could be cause for danger. I can't even imagine if the tie had been looped around his neck. Don't even want to think about that right now, I am just so grateful that this turned out ok. And I wanted to share it on here to prevent this from happening to anyone else. I'm going to make sure all shirts with ties are untied and hung up on a higher rod.

Also, don't let your cats sleep inside the dryer to stay warm. Won't go into the details on this one but sometimes people may forget they are in there and accidentally turn it on. I have never done this but sadly I do know someone who did.

Both Wrigs and Chum (and Chum's bear!) are sleeping so peacefully together, staying warm in the sun's rays...


But sometimes they look dead and it freaks me out...


So then I say WAKE UP! and they come back to life and I can breathe again too.


But now Chum is sleeping with his back leg in mid air so I hope that's not a sign that he's hurting. Though it may just be gas.



I do love my sweet little pork chop spewing farting monster. Poor Wrigs is downwind.

10 comments:

Busy Bee Suz said...

the end had me laughing....so scary for chums. I never even thought of my cats getting caught up in my closet stuff...but really my cats usually move like sloths. They would be hard pressed to get caught in anything...even a breeze:)
glad all is well for you now.

Jane said...

Thanks for the PSA. Graycee constantly hides in my closet, so I'll be sure nothing ropey is hanging loose. On a funny note, I was cooking dinner last night, and I opened one of the kitchen cabinets, and out strolls Shadow. It was SO funny! I have no idea how long he was in there - could've been 5 minutes, could've been a few hours. But he was just hanging in the cabinets and not making a peep until I freed him. Made me laugh how nonchalant he was about it. :)

Smileygirl said...

Silly Shadow! What I don't understand is why don't they meow when they are stuck somewhere? If there was food in the cabinet, he was probably enjoying himself quite a bit.

Laurie Brandriet Keller said...

My closet would be a disaster then and I appreciate the tip. Wrigley looks a little wiped out from being down wind from Chum Luv! Check out the Sugar Wolf on my post today. Love from The Prairie. xoxo.

lizziebelle said...

you live in a ZOO

Jane said...

haha. Nope. No food - just pots and pans. And Graycee's gotten herself locked in my closet for 24 hours before and when I finally realize it, it's not b/c she's meowing, but b/c I come home and start looking for her and then check the closet, and out she bolts, straight for the litter box. They're so crazy.

KBL 2 ORD 2 SAN 2 LUV said...

Chumley, I love you. I'm so happy you are well. Thank God for your momma and daddy, huh? Oh, and Wriggles too. XoXo

Karyn said...

Why did this make me laugh hysterically?

thepeartreeblog said...

Poor Chums!

You know, I always look inside the washing machine before getting it to work, because my cat likes to "disappear" once in a while too.

I'm glad it all ended well, I also heard horrible stories about accidents involving machines.

Claudia

P.S.: I vote for the gas hipotesis.

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