I learned something this week.
When you are redoing your staircase, make sure you lock the cats up. This past week the construction guy was cutting a new top for the steps. He took off the top stair for a pattern, and went out to the garage to cut the new board. When he came back in, he put the new piece on the very top step. The next day, I heard scratching and scrambling. I figured it was just the cats messing around as usual. Then I heard some pitiful meowing along with scratching in the middle of the night. I walked over towards the stairs trying to figure out where it was coming from. No, it couldn’t be. What cat would be stupid enough to climb into the stairwell, with barely enough room between it and the down stairs ceiling? Well, surprise, one of my cats had gone in, and was hanging by her claws from the wood under the top step. I reached in and pulled her out, figuring all was fine.
The next morning, I realized I was still missing 2 more cats. Sometimes they get busy doing their own thing, or sleeping in out of the way places, so it isn’t readily noticeable always if is really missing. Lo and behold, another had scrambled up to the top step and was rescued out of the dark, cramped space. The other is an old kitty, and she couldn’t climb up that high. I had to call the construction guy to come pull up one of the stairs for me to get her out.
All 3 cats were fine. Just a little miffed and hungry. Since they were in the staircase for 2 days, they did use it as a litterbox. Now I will have to enzyme the heck out of it before the new staircase is put on.
A work from the “Now Wiser Cat Rescue Mom”: beware when you are doing remodeling in your home. Make sure you lock all cats up. And know what your construction crew is doing when so you can compensate.