Missing for a month, 19-pound cat found trapped in neighbor’s chimney

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A 19-pound portly kitty had been missing for a month from her home in Union Gap, Washington, and despite lots of flyers and knocking on the doors of all her neighbors, Caitlyn Wertenberger couldn’t find her beloved cat.

According to Kimberly Krebs Wertenberger, Piper the black and white tuxedo cat had been stuck in a fireplace damper of a neighbor’s home.

The neighboring home has been being worked on. We gave the workers fliers and told them about Piper being missing.
Not sure when the new neighbors moved in, but they said they have heard meowing for at least 5 days, but couldn’t tell where from. He figured it out at about 3am this morning and told my Mom early this morning. She woke Caitlyn (her cat) and Caitlyn went over and THEN the meowing REALLY happened!!! Caitlyn was able to get some water up to her while they waited.
And then it was time to free Piper. Fortunately that worked out well:
They called a chimney guy who was going to come and remove some bricks, but my Hubby beat them to it!! He ran to Lowes and bought a ladder and a dog tie out with a special clip. Caitlyn was able to get her in the bag from the bottom and he dropped the clip down, clipped it on the bag and up she came. She was HAPPY to be home!!! We are THRILLED she is home.
Was she in the chimney that ENTIRE time!?!?!
Piper was taken to a veterinarian where it was noted the kitty had lost seven pounds and was dehydrated, but somehow she was otherwise in “excellent condition.”
Now there’s a cat who used up one of her nine lives. Let’s hope she doesn’t have to struggle with the other eight like this one. Welcome home Piper.
(Photos via Kimberly Krebs Wertenberger Facebook)

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