A cat who was hiding in a box spring and accidentally sold to a stranger has returned home after an absence of ten days.
Oregon Live reported on December 28 that Camo the cat was hiding in a box spring of a bed that was accidentally sold by Rock Creek, Oregon resident Roy Dufek. The person who bought the mattress strapped it onto the top of a car and then drove it down the freeway – with a hapless Camo along for the ride.
Dufek was selling the mattress for his girlfriend, Hayley Crews, who was despondent after her cat went missing. It’s hard to say what adventures Camo had during his ten-day absence, but it’s clear from his family’s enthusiastic response that the family is delighted to be reunited.
While Camo returned home worse for the wear – weighing a full two pounds lighter than when he departed only ten days ago and sporting a cut lip, a partially closed eye, bloody paws, and broken nails – but he’s happy to be back where he belongs.
Fortunately for Camo, a woman reported seeing him near the Hillsboro Airport. After Crews and Dufek set up a live trap baited with sardines and a familiar piece of clothing, Camo was caught within only 90 minutes.
According to Dufek, Crews was “just losing it” when she joyously called him. The happy family penned a thank you note to those who helped Camo return home:
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. It was quite emotional last night, we’re in shock of this whole experience, and have been holding him tight!
It’s been quite the ride and we couldn’t possibly formulate the words to describe how grateful we are for all the people who have reached out to us for suggestions, help, stories, comfort, and information.
It’s the best feeling in the world to know friends and strangers alike have had our back in time of need, and to have him back safe and recovering. We can’t even imagine what’s he’s been through in a week and half running wild near the country side especially in this weather.
Today is a great day!”
Camo received some much-needed food and TLC with his family before he was taken to the vet for an inspection and an antibiotic shot.
The story of the cat who was accidentally sold spread quickly across social media, with many responding in disbelief. Dufek, who received hundreds of potential sightings of his cat – some from as far away as Michigan – estimates that Camo traveled approximately seven miles from their home in Rock Creek. Most of that travel occurred inside the box spring atop a car.
Camo was adopted by Crew five years ago, and Dufek didn’t know that the cat had enjoyed hiding in a hole in the bed’s box spring. When he sold the bed, it didn’t occur to him to check to make sure that Camo wasn’t inside – and by the time he realized Camo was missing, the little cat was already gone.
Here’s to happy endings – and to checking your furniture for family members before you sell it!
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