Two-year-old Misty has been reunited with her owner after spending four weeks locked in a shed. She may have survived by eating mice and licking the condensation off the windows, according to Animal Search UK, which assisted in the search.
Owner Corinne Regan, of Peebles, Scotland, said she’d given up hope of ever finding Misty. Fortunately, a neighbor who had seen posters of the missing cat spotted her in a shed and contacted the owner.
Misty lost about a kilogram in weight, but otherwise seemed to be unharmed by her adventure.
Tom Watkins, the founder of Animal Search UK and a 15-year veteran in the missing pet biz, said it was the longest time he’d known a cat to have survived being trapped like that. Mike Flynn of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it wasn’t unusual for cats to get trapped in garages or sheds like Misty did. “Cats are naturally inquisitive and often like to shelter in warm places,” he said. “We’re delighted to hear that Misty is okay.”
This story hit very close to home. My middle-aged meezer, Mao, has been trapped in garages before. The last time this happened, it was over a long holiday weekend, and we couldn’t get into the garage in which he was trapped. I’m lucky the neighbors didn’t call the police, because I tried every way imaginable to break into the garage… all the while, Mao was braying like a donkey. We were able to get into the garage the following day when the owners returned home.
This story also serves as a reminder not to give up hope! Certainly, our Ozzie Catster friend, Mr. D (who returned home recently after a six-month walkabout) can testify that you should always keep hope alive!