A cat accidentally sold inside of a mattress is back where he belongs today after a 10-day jaunt away from home – which included a joyride inside of a man’s box spring, strapped to the roof of his car. The lost feline, named “Camo,” was recovered, using the power of social media and the allure of a malodorous tin of fish.
Writes The Associated Press, via ABC News on Dec. 29: “Roy Dufek wrote in a statement that his girlfriend, Hayley Crews, caught Camo in a trap Saturday night after he was reportedly seen near the Hillsboro Airport west of Portland. The trap was baited with sardines in oil and familiar scented clothing.”
The Portland area couple sold their bed on Craigslist on December 17, but the transaction also (unknowingly) included their five-year-old cat, who had snuck into the box spring via a rip in the side. Hayley Crews said Camo would sneak into the box spring, but once she learned of the secret hiding spot, she taped it up. When they put the mattress on Craigslist, she removed the tape, and Camo evidently jumped in shortly before it was sold.
“[Roy] tried to find Camo when the (buyer) left my apartment,” Crews said. “He searched and searched and tore the place apart. The cat wasn’t there. He told me, and right away, I knew that he had hid in the box spring…When the furniture was being hauled out, Camo got scared and that’s where he would have hidden.”
The couple, who live together in Hillsboro, sold the bed for $100 to a buyer in Rock Spring, approximately five miles away. The pair fired up the power of social media, contacted the buyer, and made sure friends in the area kept an eye out. Dufek and Crews also did quite a bit of searching themselves.
Adds the NY Daily News: “Dufek let the cat out of the bag with a social media and flier campaign to reclaim Camo. It paid off when a caller told the couple Camo was spotted near the Hillsboro Airport west of Portland, close to where the mattress buyer lives.”
When Camo came back, he had lost two pounds, had a busted lip, bleeding paws and broken claws. They took him to the vet, who checked him out and released Camo. “We can’t even imagine what he’s been through in a week and (a) half running wild near the countryside, especially in this weather,” Dufek wrote.
“We can’t ever repay or say thank you enough to all the people that spent their cherished holiday time, and resources to help us bring Camo home,” Dufek said “It was quite emotional last night, we’re in shock of this whole experience, and have been holding him tight!”