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Apparently not even cats can resist the magnetic powers of Vogon's car, as one crawled up under it for warmth on Saturday night.

The cat was smart enough to not actually get into the engine compartment, but a space over (and separated from) the wheelwell behind the front quarter panel. Unfortunately, he was not quite clever enough to get back out of that spot, so he spent the rest of the weekend in there after we discovered his predicament late Saturday night.

Vogon took the car into the shop this morning where they extracted a muscular short-haired brown tabby from the car and put him into a box for transport home. He was quite grateful when I let him out into confinement in the master bathroom with a freshly cleaned litter box, bowl of dry food and bowl of water.

The cat has no collar and is uninjured save for a spot on his front left leg that I cleaned up with peroxide. He does not have as large a vocabulary as Biko, so he has not said much yet except to tell me the food is dry and that he wants out of the bathroom. Biko has been sitting in the bedroom all morning peering at the master bathroom door.

I've put together a found flyer to post and e-mail to local animal shelters, but if we wind up keeping him, he will be named Fender.

edit 1605: We just got our first call from a lost cat owner. They live about five miles away and across the Tollway, but I wouldn't put it past a cat to get that far in a week. We're meeting later today to see if it's their cat.

edit 1800: He wasn't her cat. She suggested that I list him on Tabby Tracker as a large found cat. Done and added to my list of places he's been listed as found.

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oddharmonic
Jan. 15th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
The guy at the tire shop was so amazed that we had a cat in the car frame that we think he helped us out of curiosity. They had to remove the tire and pull out a piece that lined the wheelwell to get the cat out!
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oddharmonic
Jan. 15th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
The area that cat got into was narrowly separated from the engine compartment. Until they got him out, we could only see him through the gap between the hinged edge of the hood and plastic skirting that covers the bottom edge of the windshield and through the gap made by the hinged side of the driver's side door when it's open.

I'm thinking I should take a picture of the front quarter of the car and illustrate it with where we could get a glimpse of the cat before he was liberated.
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oddharmonic
Jan. 15th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
We'd taken a quick trip out to get air in the tire. The car was idling at the air machine when Vogon opened the car door and it meowed.
polyhymnia
Jan. 15th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
Handsome cat -- but evidently not too smart!
oddharmonic
Jan. 15th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
Yep. I think I've been spoiled by Biko because she's always been very clear with me when she wants or feels something. This cat just loves on me every time I check on him and seems rather confused by me asking questions.
azucarysangria
Jan. 15th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
He's adorable! I'm such a sucker for cats I'd secretly hope the owner never stood up to claim him.
revme
Jan. 16th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
KITTY!!!!

I was hoping you'd post a picture. That was an awesome message I got that morning. I am glad you saved the kitty! KITTY!
oddharmonic
Jan. 16th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
After thinking, "Who do I know with weird cat experience?", I called you and techno1992.

When I called city animal services, they suggested I call a private exterminator. I'm still confused by that idea.

Kitty now has a posting at dfwtx, a Craigslist posting, and a Petfinder listing (1308356). So far I've gotten two calls from the Craigslist post: one lost a cat last week that turned out to be smaller and have a lighter colored belly than our houseguest (she was local and stopped by to check out the cat) and the other lost their cat last year and asked us to keep them updated just in case it turns out to be the big, very loud purring cat they're looking for. I think he's getting his 15 minutes of Internet fame.
slutmuphin
Jan. 16th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
such a handsome guy! i'm glad he was in a relatively safe place in the car, as it would have sucked to fry him when the car was started. hopefully he'll find a good home.
oddharmonic
Jan. 16th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
We were amazed he found a safe spot!

If we don't find his owners quickly, we'll get the all-clear from our vet for him to play nicely with Biko and let him join our household for as long as he wants.

I just noticed the "plays well with otters" in your userpic. So cute!
eilonwy
Jan. 16th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Yay for saving the little guy! And yay that you'll keep him if you can't find his home! Yaaaay!
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