There is an old saying that “curiosity killed the cat.” Anyone who has ever had a cat as a pet can attest to the strange places that they like to explore, sleep, and play.
But what happens when these odd hiding places become a cat’s undoing? Luckily for these animals, their nine lives weren’t used up. Here are some stories of cats whose lives were saved in really unusual ways.
Tiger (aka ‘Q199’)
Brad Slater, an employee of the Canadian National Railway, was examining the engine of a train when he heard a cat crying. He looked inside the engine and found a cat that was partially frozen, hiding inside the train engine for warmth. Brad scooped up the freezing cat and peeled ice off the cat and fed him water.
Brad decided to adopt the animal and gave the cat the name “Q199” after the name of the train where he was found.
Coco was a curious 12-week-old kitten who was exploring her new North Yorkshire home in the United Kingdom in 2017. She crawled underneath the living room sofa and never emerged. The owners could hear their kitten’s mews coming from inside the couch, and yet they had no way of coaxing her out. Coco’s owners called the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue team, who used bolt cutters and hacksaws to completely dismantle the couch to free the kitten. It turns out that her head was stuck in between one of the mechanisms on the inside of the couch.
72-year-old Rae Sutton started a load of laundry at her home in the West Midlands, United Kingdom, in late 2017. After 30 minutes, the wash was done. She reached her hand in to retrieve her clothes and pulled out a clump of fur instead. Rae was horrified to see the lifeless body of her nine-month-old cat, Tiggy, in the machine with the damp laundry. In a desperate last-ditch effort, Rae gave Tiggy mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and massaged his stomach. It actually worked. Tiggy began breathing again. She rushed him to the veterinary hospital, where he was in a coma due to head injuries. In just two hours, Tiggy woke up, and Rae brought him home to recover.
A black house cat in Los Angeles named Zion was accidentally let out of his owner’s home by a guest during a party in late 2017.Zionwas unfamiliar with the surrounding territory and walked off a steep cliff. The owners could hear his meows for help, but they had no way of reaching him. They called 911, who sent in the “SMART” squad, which stands for “Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team.”
Zion clutched the edge of the cliff with his claws, suspended over 30 meters (100 ft) off the ground. Members of the SMART team had to rappel down the side of the cliff with mountain climbing gear and nets. Zion wasn’t very happy to be snatched up by strangers and trapped inside a net, but he was returned to his owners safe and sound.
In late November 2015, 0.3 meters (1 ft) of snow fell in Garden City, Utah, on the night before Thanksgiving. The Bingham family woke up to see the winter wonderland, and the children wanted to play outside.
One of the children was horrified to stumble over the body of a tiny, frozen, white kitten. Its blue eyes were wide open and unresponsive. Everyone assumed that the kitten was dead, except that it had a small amount of body heat left and its body wasn’t stiff.
Branden Bingham jumped into action, bringing the kitten inside near the fire to perform CPR. Miraculously, the kitten came back to life. They decided to name him “Lazarus.”
In July 2017, a black cat was discovered at a mechanic’s tire shop in Brisbane, Australia. Convulsing and barely breathing, the poor animal was lying on the ground. The workers at the tire shop rushed the cat to RSPCA animal hospital. Veterinarian Sarah Kanther realized from the cat’s symptoms that he must have accidentally drunk antifreeze. The only cure for antifreeze poisoning for the cat would be an IV drip of alcohol, and there was only a one-hour window to save his life. One of the nurses just happened to have a bottle of Absolut Vodka in her purse. After receiving the 20-milliter (0.68 oz) vodka treatment, Dr. Kanther said that the cat was clearly drunk. So they decided to name him “Tipsy.”
Linda Ruggere from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, fed the stray cats in her neighborhood on a regular basis. One day in November 2017, she was shocked to see one cat walking around with his head stuck inside a glass mayonnaise jar. Linda tried to catch the cat for a couple days straight, but she didn’t have any luck removing the glass jar from around his neck on her own.
A nonprofit animal rescue group called Whiskers World caught the feral cat and brought him to a local animal hospital, where the veterinarian was able to remove the jar. They decided to name him “Miracle.”
In September 2017, Adrienne Koroly drove his Lexus to his parent’s home in Moreno Valley, California. When he stepped out of the car, he heard a faint meowing. He was shocked to realize that the meowing was coming from his car engine. Over the next few days, Adrienne and his parents tried to coax the kitten out with food and milk, but it wasn’t leaving the engine. They had to call in the local fire department, which used air balloons to lift up the car. A mechanic had to remove parts from the bottom of the vehicle to be able to reach the tiny kitten. After over an hour of work, the hungry kitten was officially rescued. They named it “Lexus” and brought it to the nearest veterinarian. Soon after, one of the Koroly’s neighbors adopted Lexus as their pet.
The Humane Society in Dayton, Ohio, was called in after a report that a ginger cat had somehow managed to get its head stuck inside a fencing pipe in a cement block. The Humane Society realized that they needed to call the local fire department for help if they wanted to save the cat. The Dayton Humane Society sedated the cat and then carried it with the large cement chunk and pipe to the fire department. Once they arrived, several workers at the department spent more than two hours sawing their way down to the cat before it was set free. They named him “Piper”.
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