Gracie Mae was probably itching to go on a trip.
This ten-month-old tabby went missing from her Fort Lauderdale home, and she was later found in her owner’s suitcase in Dallas.
Unaware that Gracie Mae snuck into his suitcase, Seth Levy went on a trip from Fort Lauderdale to Dallas-Fort Worth thinking that his cat was safe at home with his wife.
Meanwhile at home, Kelly Levy was looking everywhere for Gracie Mae, who still had stitched from being spayed a few days earlier. She checked the crawl space and started to tear the house apart to find Gracie Mae.
Kelly called her father and he used a hammer to take out two bathroom tiles and part of the bathroom cabinet to make the crawl space bigger. But still no Gracie Mae. They wandered around the neighborhood trying to find the cat.
Back in Dallas, Seth could not find his black suitcase at baggage claim.
The next morning, Kelly was just about to put up lost cat signs around the neighborhood when she received a phone call.
The man on the other line said, “Hi, you’re not going to believe this, but I am calling from Fort Worth, Texas, and I accidentally picked up your husband’s luggage. And when I opened the luggage, a cat jumped out.”
The unidentified man agreed to keep Gracie Mae until Seth could pick her up. He even bought a pet taxi for Gracie Mae for her flight home.
Kelly said, “My poor cat, who just had surgery, survives being packed away in the suitcase, going through the Fort Lauderdale baggage process, going through the X-ray, being loaded onto the airplane, flown four hours to Texas and unloaded.”
Gracie Mae returned back to Fort Lauderdale safely on an $80 plane ticket.