On Sun, May 1, 2022 at 7:45 PM Roy & Connie Tesene <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Mary to the rescue!!!
Most of the blog readers know that we have sold our house in Garner and moved to Okoboji. April 22nd was our closing day and MOST of the Tesene household made the 2 hour trip to their new home. Notice I said most…Roy and I along with Betty, our black lab and 2 cats were in the car and truck with the last of the boxes. However Lily, our gray cat and Dot’s sister, decided that she would like to live for a few more days in the basement crawl space of our old house. What a dilemma!!! The new owners of the Garner house couldn’t have been nicer about the “lingering visiter” that now inhabited their basement. I really thought that she would get hungry, bored, or just suddenly become a friendly cat and appear with a meow… and Ali and Will would call us to come pick her up. No dice!
Here is where “Mary to the rescue” comes in. After nearly a week of no LILY I called Mary. The owners of the house were thinking about getting a wild animal trap, and I knew Mary had experience with her own traps so we discussed strategy.
I should say Mary discussed strategy and I kind of cried on the phone. Ugh
I am going to let Mary fill you in on her “Thinking like a Cat” and she can tell you all the details. Just in case this should ever happen to you.
The good news is we had success in just a couple of hours. I drove to Mary’s on Saturday and brought Lily home. Now our house seems complete – although I still have lots of boxes to unpack.
Mary asked why I didn’t call earlier, I should have, but she was dealing with the bats, mice and rat issues…too much going on. Mary is the best friend I have, and always comes to the rescue!!!
Mary I can take a few more pictures of Lily- she is settling in nicely…she even went outside for a quick look around.
You have to think like a cat! She wasn’t about to come out of the crawl space when the sounds in the house and the voices were unfamiliar! Cats are very tuned in to their surroundings. I took two live animal traps and put the biggest one right outside the hole in the closet that goes down into the crawl space. I also put a trouble light down the hole. The I covered the wire trap inside and out with blankets so she wouldn’t be warned or alarmed when she stepped on the wire. I put the tastiest canned food beyond the plate that would trip the door which would lock her in. It did not take long to hear the trap close – think how hungry she must have been even though the new owners had put out dry food and water for her. The owners called me and I immediately went to the house and put her, trap and all, in the back of my van. When I got home I carried the trap into my secure kennel and closed the door. Since Connie was on her way I actually left Lily in the trap – I was taking no chances that she would escape in some unexpected way. Connie arrived, we put Lily in a carrier and off she went to her new home where she is getting reacquainted with Dot and Hilary. I said several prayers that my plan would work and God answered those prayers.
Just a side note – Dot and Lily were my Mama Kitty’s babies quite a few years ago – and I told Mama about Lily’s adventure
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