Monday, October 31, 2011

The time I nearly killed my neighbor's cat...

Last week, I came home after work, parked my car in the garage, then noticed a note on my laundry room door.  It was from my next door neighbor, and said, "Our cat is locked in your garage.  We can hear her meowing.  We'll be home at 6:30 to get her."

My first thought was "You mean the garage I just left open?!"

I look over just in time to see Oreo sneaking out of my garage.  I said some sweet "kitty kitties" to get her to come to me and snatched her.  One torn shirt and scratched hand later, I stuck her in my laundry room for safe keeping until the neighbors arrived. 

I ran around the house, feeding my kitties, letting the dogs out, and folding clothes.  I came back 5 minutes later to check on Oreo.  She was nowhere to be found.

I looked behind the washer & dryer, behind our cabinets, IN the washer & dryer.

Nowhere.

I sat there, confused, because the door to the laundry room had been shut, so it wasn't possible that she'd escaped.  Then I heard a muffled meow from behind my water heater.  I ran over to find that she was wedged, upside down, between the wall and the water heater.  My best guess is that she jumped on the water heater, then fell behind it.  The space was too small for me to reach behind.

I called Mr. BUB, "You won't believe what just happened.  Please come home quick."

Panic set in.  The neighbors would be home in 15 minutes and I wouldn't be able to give them their cat.  This is when I learned that I apparently clean the house when I'm anxious.

Luckily, Mr. BUB arrived home before the neighbors and we started the first of many attempts to retrieve the fallen feline.  Let's just say that the attempts included an electrical cord (as a rope) and a broomstick.  And they did not work.

Then, being the strong muscle man that he is, Mr. BUB managed to move the water heater just enough to reach in and pull the cat out.  By her tail.  He literally couldn't grab any other part.  I stood waiting with the cat carrier, where she remained until the neighbors returned home approximately 10 minutes later.

25 comments:

Jessica said...

Wow! What an adventure! I would have no clue what to do lol. I think that is one talented cat!

Camille said...

I just busted out laughing. I don't know how many times I've had to retrieve cats from impossible places and it's always SO hard. Don't worry, cats are especially sneaky and good at hiding. You rescued your cat from BCHS right? There was a cat we called Wild Thing because we COULD NOT CATCH HER and when we did she would sneak out of her cage! We ended up having to trap her like in a possum cage and lured her in with food...this was after at least 3 other cats were caught before her. :P Cats are funny!

tara said...

Bahahaha!! Silly cat!!

Nikki said...

Ha! This is all kinds of wrong! I love it! Glad the kitty is safe though and I am sure you will be just fine keeping your little one alive and well!

Ainslee said...

hahahah, this is just great. I'm sure your little human won't crawl behind the water heater , lol :)

Cole said...

Hahaha! Just don't keep the baby in the laundry room, and it'll be fine. :-)

Ashleigh said...

LOL! like i said before, baby humans cant get behind the washing machine, so i think u will be ok :-)

Laura said...

Next time you should really think about video taping these adventures, seriously that is some seriously funny stuff.

Ashlee Miller said...

LOL oh silly kitty!

ty said...

Hahahahaaa

Mommyblogger said...

Ha Ha- Sounds like something that would SO happen to me!!!!
Glad you saved the kitty :)

Anna said...

That is hilarious!! What are the odds...

Michelle said...

Oh my! What an adventure! LOL You always have the best stories!

Sara said...

Oh my gosh, this is hilarious. Seriously, cats are sneaky. Way harder to lose a baby than a cat...right? Please say yes.

daniela said...

Ha so glad you posted the full story after those Twitter tid bits! I'm still confident in your ability to keep a human alive. However, maybe just keep the baby away from the washer/dryer/water heater it can fall behind. Better yet, out of the laundry room completely LOL kidding :)

A Babbling Brunette said...

That is hilarious! Although I'm sure it wasn't at the time. :)

Katie said...

I definitely have doubts about my own ability to keep a child alive. Hence - multiple methods of birth control, just in case.

Jules said...

bahahaha!!! hilarious.

also- if your garage door was open, why didn't the neighbor just get their cat in the first place?

Heather said...

@Julie The garage door was closed before I parked my car in there. The poor kitty had been in there since the night before!

Michelle said...

Heather!!!!!!!! OH my lawd!!!!!

You are gonna be an excellent mommy!!!!!

Don't let a clumsy cat make you feel any different.

And don't leave the baby in the laundry room, just in case.

Lubs you!

Sincerely Sara Cate said...

I'm so glad you documented this story. HYSTERICAL! So glad you were able to return the cat in one piece.

star said...

omg, thats a hilarious story! darn cats, always getting stuck in places they shouldnt! Im glad its ok though!

Megan said...

when i was little i was driving with my mom onto our street, and stuck in our neighbors garage door was a cat... a dead cat..that got stuck at the top of the garage door.

clearly im still traumatised by it 20 some odd years later.

Amanda said...

BAHAHAHAHA! Insanity.

Heather said...

You always have the most random events happen to you, lol! Glad the kitty is OK!

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