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post #1 of 80 (permalink) Old 01-29-2008, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Stubborn Cat

Ok here's the story:

I just decided to adopt my first cat after moving into the big city. After cat proofing my apartment and getting all the essential cat stuff i went and adopted a 2 year old male kitty. He supposedly came from a good home and spent very little time in the shelter. In addition he was fixed and all his shots were up to date. So I brought him home to my place and set the carrier down in the living room. Silly me, I should of put him in my bedroom and let that be his safe room. So in the middle of the night i heard some loud scurrying. I immediately woke up and started looking for him. I could not find him, until I noticed a small hole which lead up to a small area above the ceiling( i have no idea how he got up there). the area is very small vertically but very long horizontally. just enough for a cat to get in.

About 300 cm high and 3 meters long....i can barley stick my head in to see him with a flashlight....

I 'm pretty sure he can come down again there are some small platforms he can probably jump down to to come back to the living area.

He's been up there for about 5 days now. I put food and water close as a i can to him (in the living area) but he's not eating or drinking it.

I'm kinda worried he'll starve himself to death out of fear.

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My living area is down here


Thanks for your help.
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post #2 of 80 (permalink) Old 01-29-2008, 10:34 PM
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5 days? You've got to get him out of there. Are you sure that he can move? He may have wedged himself in.

Is there anyway you can get to him, cut a hole in the ceiling somewhere to allow you to reach him?

It doesn't take long for them to get really sick from not eating...
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post #3 of 80 (permalink) Old 01-29-2008, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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I would be cutting a hole in the ceiling to physically remove him, I don't think my landlord willing to put a hole in the wall to get him out. And I that will probably frighten the heck out of him and will probably go in even deeper not the mention the danger of one of those sharp cutting tools poking him. And he's about ~8 feet (2.5 meters) in and according to the sites I've looked at there's no cat grasper that long that I've seen.

The foster home doesn't know him that well they only had him for a little while.


I tried putting some fancy feast on the platform before i left for work and i came back and it was all dried out on not even one bite eaten.

I really nervous, why wont my kitty come down

i've done pretty much everything minus cutting a hole into the wall. The exit of that hole is a kitty's heaven albacore tuna, catnip, purina temptations even cat pheromones i'll i can do now is play the waiting game.

Oh and the toronto humane society recommend i drop some flower extract called rescue remedy in his food.

And if all those things do not work i'll have to put a sedative in his food and then take him out.

man i'm so anxious, they told me to calm down cats can sense my discomfort
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post #4 of 80 (permalink) Old 01-29-2008, 11:01 PM
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When you look up there can you see him moving at all (blinking, moving his head)?

Did you ask what food they fed him at the foster place? Is that what you have been trying to feed him?
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post #5 of 80 (permalink) Old 01-29-2008, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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yep he's moving he even comes really close to the exit but nver comes out. I'm feeding him the same brand of food they fed him.
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You put the food and water up there with him?
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post #7 of 80 (permalink) Old 01-29-2008, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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yep albacore tuna, catnip, purina temptations all are up there

toronto humane society recomend i drop some flower extract called rescue remedy in his food.

Of course he's probably doing his toilet stuff up there too I don't know what to do next. I'm afraid if i just leave food and water up there he'll stay up there forever.
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post #8 of 80 (permalink) Old 01-29-2008, 11:19 PM
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*serve me in my hidingspot* Could be

Are you sure he's able to jump down? Could you move a tall piece of furniture near the opening to make it seem it was not quite a big jump (assuming it's a big jump)?

Can he see the litterbox from the opening? Is it a hooded box or an open one?

I wonder if he would be tempted by the site of litter to come out to go potty...
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I was really freaked out when I first read your post, but it seems like he can move about, which is a huge relief...and has food in his area, so...that's good too. It doesn't appear that he's eating or drinking, but it's hard to tell with some foods. Nothing is preventing him from eating and drinking, so that's good.

So...how to get him out....hmmm....
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post #10 of 80 (permalink) Old 01-29-2008, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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He's able to jump down I'm pretty certain of that.

He can't see the litter box until he jumps down a bit

it is a hooded litter box

i just wish he come down then I'll seal off that blasted entrance :/
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