From Texas to Alaska: Cat survives 64 days trapped in moving box
They’re calling him a miracle cat.
For 64 days, 2-year-old Moosie traveled by truck, boat and train from El Paso, Texas to Fairbanks, Alaska — trapped inside of a futon mattress that was placed in a moving box.
Kymberly Chelf and her husband, Jesse, had packed up their belongings and were moving from Fort Bliss to Fort Wainwright. One of the last things the movers packed was the futon. When the Chelfs realized Moosie was missing, they thought their family pet had run away, possibly escaping through a door left open during the move.
“It was very heartbreaking thinking that we had lost him,” said Kymberly. “We tried everything to find him.”
Moosie survived more than two months without food or water, trapped in total darkness. The Chelfs’ belongings arrived at their new Alaska home last Thursday. A couple of hours later, Kymberly heard her pet cat’s cry.
“As soon as I heard him meowing, it just sounded like he was giving it everything he had just to let us know he was there,” she said.
The Chelfs said they were shocked.
“I called for my husband and was like, ‘We found Moosie,'” Kymberly said. “The look on his face was just disbelief.”
They rushed Moosie to the vet, where he is being treated for severe dehydration. Dr. Hayden Nevill said Moosie’s prognosis is a good one.
“He does have some changes to his liver, but his kidneys were working fine, which is really astounding,” said Nevill. “We started first with rehydrating him, and now our big challenge is we have to get his entire digestive system restarted.”
If cats really do have nine lives, Moosie is proving he’s going to take them all. Kymberly said when he was just three weeks old, he was rescued from inside her neighbor’s wall. His mother had gotten tangled in wires inside the wall and died.
“We took a sledgehammer and got all the cats, kittens out,” she said.
The Chelfs hand-fed Moosie as a kitten. This time around, when Moosie is released from the vet, they will feed him through a tube until he can eat solid food again. The Chelfs say they are just happy to have their beloved cat back home.
–Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Fort Bliss. The article has been revised.
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