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QueenScoopalot
03-24-2005, 07:54 PM
Pet trapped in dresser proves to be a lucky cat

By Nelson Daranciang
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Maryanne Fife and her family never thought they would
see their 3-year-old cat Cane again.

When the movers were at the Fifes' Iroquois Point home
Dec. 15, Cane was nowhere to be found. The Fifes
thought Cane might have run out of the house. He is an
indoor cat, but the movers had left all the doors of the
Albatross Avenue home open.

Cane likes to hide in Maryanne's dresser and had figured
out how to open its drawers. But the movers had already
taped all the drawers shut. When Maryanne asked one of
the movers if the cat was in there, he said no.

"We took his word for it," she said.

Maryanne's 8-year-old daughter, Kerianne, walked
around it a few times, banging on the sides, with no
sound from Cane.

The Fifes stayed in the Iroquois Point home five more
days and waited on the lanai every night for Cane to
return. The day before they moved into a hotel, Maryanne
and her 18-year-old daughter drove around the
neighborhood looking for Cane.

The family left Hawaii on Dec. 26 without him.

The Fifes settled in Crofton, Ky., and their household
items arrived Jan. 27. Just in case Cane had been
packed with the furniture, Larry Fife sent his wife and
daughter away from the house before the movers arrived.

When the movers unloaded the dresser, there was a foul
odor. Larry thought his worst fear was about to be
realized. But when he opened the dresser, Cane was in
one of the drawers staring back at him, meowing.

Cane weighed 13.5 pounds in Hawaii. When he arrived
in Crofton after 44 days inside the dresser, he weighed
less than 3 pounds.

When Maryanne and her daughter returned home, Cane
was inside drinking water. He was dehydrated and thirsty
but could not eat anything.

The Fifes took Cane to an animal clinic, where a vet gave
him fluids intravenously. Cane stayed hooked up to the IV
overnight and went home the following afternoon.

Despite going a month and a half with no food or water,
Cane suffered no permanent damage to his internal
organs.

"He has no kidney or liver damage. That's the miracle,"
Maryanne said.

He is slowly regaining his weight, which is now up to
11.5 pounds. And he does not appear to have suffered
any emotional injury.

"He's back to his old ways. He's even more sweeter,"
Maryanne said.

RICHARD
03-24-2005, 08:16 PM
they should pack the mover in a box and ship him to the north pole.:mad:

kuhio98
03-24-2005, 08:28 PM
Originally posted by RICHARD
they should pack the mover in a box and ship him to the north pole.:mad:

Yeah! See how long he lasts without food and water.

p.s. Don't send that idiot up my way. We've got our quota of idiots already!

Jayna78
03-24-2005, 08:29 PM
How could anyone not have noticed a cat in the dresser, in all of those 44 days?!?! Yikes. I'm so glad the poor kitty survived and has no permanent damage - that's a major miracle - what a strong cat!

moosmom
03-24-2005, 08:39 PM
Okay, although I'm not defending the movers, I do want to point something out.

When I took in LilEli, a semi-feral cat that Kimmy (Ramanth) rescued near her apartment complex almost 3 years ago, he hid. It was understandable because he was not used to being inside. He was born outside and lived the first 3 months of his life in the wild.

I hadn't seen him in a while and looked EVERYWHERE for him. Little did I know, that he found a way to climb into my dresser drawers to sleep without disturbing the drawers.

One day I went looking for something to wear and lo and behold, there he was!!!!

So, never say never. I'm just glad that this story had a happy ending and the cat survived.

catmandu
03-24-2005, 08:50 PM
That is sad,that so many people,dont do a good job,or even seem,to care.I was not always right,when i did a job,but I honestly gave it my best effort,and its a shame,that this Poor Cat,was almost lost,through indiiference,or stupidity.The Good Thing,is that he survived,and is well.
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catnapper
03-24-2005, 08:59 PM
What a story! I can't imagine an animals loosing 75% of their weight and still surviving.

Soapets
03-24-2005, 09:18 PM
UNBELIEVABLE!!:eek: :confused: :mad: :)

QueenScoopalot
03-24-2005, 09:21 PM
IMO the cat's owners were brainless during the time as well. They were expecting the movers to come, and they should have had the cat contained safely in a carrier, or bathroom with tape across the door, and a large sign! It really is a miracle the cat survived.

DJFyrewolf36
03-24-2005, 09:32 PM
Poor Kitty!! I'm suprised he didn't make any noise!! I know my two would have been yowling their heads off after only a few hours.

I am glad he is ok though. I do agree with you QSA, I'd be making sure my kitties were safe and sound BEFORE the movers came!

AlleyCat
03-24-2005, 09:54 PM
Originally posted by QueenScoopalot
IMO the cat's owners were brainless during the time as well. They were expecting the movers to come, and they should have had the cat contained safely in a carrier, or bathroom with tape across the door, and a large sign! It really is a miracle the cat survived.

QSL - you said it!

I was just horrified to read this story - I wish I never read it. Poor thing, I'm just glad he survived!

christa
03-24-2005, 10:32 PM
That makes me want to cry, thinking about that poor kitty being trapped for so long! :(

But I'm so glad that there weren't any damaging effects! Still, must have been scared to death!!!

Shame on those moving men!!! :mad: