Cat Survives Night In Refrigerator

Zandalee is one curious and very lucky cat.

This eight-month-old Persian cat spent nine hours in her owner’s refrigerator when her owner accidentally closed the door when Zandalee was still inside.

She survived the chilly ordeal and a veterinarian examined her and said she is perfectly healthy.

Irene Reed, her owner, said, “I took the milk out of the fridge to take my medicine at about 10pm on Saturday night, and when I closed the door I didn‘t even realize that she had climbed inside. I call her my miracle cat, because she was the only kitten of her mother‘s litter that survived.”

When Reed opened the refrigerator on Sunday morning, she was completely shocked to see her cat sitting there just staring at her.

She said that she had heard tinkling of glass during the night, but she had no idea where the sound was coming from.

Reed added, “When you have 32 cats, its often difficult to notice when one of them is missing.”

Source: The Herald Online

14 Responses to “Cat Survives Night In Refrigerator”

  1. Michelle says:

    I’m happy that Zandalee survived and that she is perfectly healthy, but when someone has 32 cats living with them in their home, I think thats way too much. I’m sure Reed loves her cats very much, but living with that many is only bound to lead to more accidents because it’s so hard to keep track of all of them. Don’t get me wrong- I love ALL animals, but I think there should be a limit to the amount you have living with you.

  2. Angela says:

    I agree with Michelle. It definately sounds like a hoarding situation. Good thing persians have all that fur!

  3. Pointing Out says:

    Sometimes you have to read the newspaper article to get the full information.

    If you read the newspaper article, it says the woman is a “Persian cat breeder” not a hoarder.

  4. KarlaSanDiego says:

    Michelle-I agree with you. Having too many kitties is just another form of animal neglect. Kitties need space. It’s part of their DNA. This is an overcrowded aweful situation for the animals.
    Pet owners need to wake up and pay attention.

  5. Merlin Marshall says:

    Overcrowding depends on how healthy and happy the animals are. This could be as little as 2. I would much rather people focused on the health and wellbeing of the animals than the shear numbers. There are an increasing number of communities passing laws to limit the number of pets one has to 2 or less. As long as we have a huge pet over population in this country, such limits condemn perfectly wonderful animals to death. This is not the solution to hoarding. There are plenty of hoarders in limited number communities, they just do it in secret, while perfectly good homes and pet parents are denied great pets.

  6. trudyjackson says:

    Poor kitty. My Grandmother did that to My kitten once. she shut the door on Her, but she was just coming down with Alz??
    I was right there and took the kitten out.

  7. DW says:

    How the heck do any of you KNOW that her house is crowded? You just see the number 32 and you brain shuts down and your fingers start spewing assumptions.

    1. If you haven’t noticed, cats will automatically form colonies … they create a social order. It’s not as clear as it is with dogs, but it’s there –so don’t go with the outdated notion that house cats are solitary. They are closer to lions in their social behavior than they are to the truly solitary cats like leopards. However, mostly they are adaptable as heck … one cat or many, most will adapt to who they live with.

    2. Breeders do not let all their cats run around together. They usually keep the studs separated in stud enclosures. It’s not because they don’t love them, it because studs spray and also to ensure that the only breeding going on is controlled. So many of her cats are likely contained or segregated in some way so they are not all underfoot. (Hopefully they aren’t all in cages either, but if they were then one of them wouldn’t have ended up in the fridge.)

    3. Breeders may have one or more litters running around parts of the house once the kittens are old enough. This is a good thing as the kittens need to be socialized and anyone raising a litter (pedigreed or not) should be socializing the kittens. So if a person has several breeding adults, plus maybe a couple favorite retirees, and a few litters …the numbers go up really fast while the litters are in residence.

    4. Number has nothing to do with cat accidents. Sadly, a fair number of average pet owners have had their animals crawl into open dryers as well as cabinents, refrigerators, moving boxes etc. It’s all about being aware of what is going on but as every one of you has probably experienced at one time or another sometimes we don’t pay enough attention. I stepped out onto the porch the other night to check if the ‘porch’ kitty was ready to come in. As I went through the door from the house to the porch, I didn’t bother turning on the lights. I closed that first door behind me then I opened the outside door to call for the porch kitty. Thank goodness I looked down as I turned to go back inside….there was our newest kitten sitting beside my feet getting a look at the cold, dark, coyote-filled outside world. It’s not likely he would have survived the night as the porch kitty isn’t the only feral cat on our property.

    If there is any lesson at all to be leaned, it’s that we need to turn on the lights, double check any noises coming from unusual places, and when we are doing something fairly dangerous to a cat, we need make sure the area is clear of cats before we turn on the dryer or start loading up those packing boxes. Opening the refrigeration door does not count as dangerous … but you should always double check before you close the door, expecially if you have kitchen harpy of a cat (like we do) who does crawl into the fridge any time the door is open.

  8. kathy says:

    My goodness we’re harsh on people today! Think I’ll quit reading comments!

  9. MaineMom says:

    DW - great post! Even a breeder with only one stud and 3 or 4 queens could easily have 30+ cats when the litters start arriving - usually one right after the other. You are so right. We all need to stop jumping to conclusions when we really don’t have all the facts.

  10. mittens says:

    i have been in people’s homes who rescue cats and work with ferals where there had to be up to 30 cats spread between 4 or so rooms. it did not smell and was not messy. the cats were clean, well groomed, well cared for and had plenty to eat and drink. those with health issues or in recovery from operations had all their medications and special needs met. they had broken themselves up into their own little cat hives so to speak and those who fought or were troublesome were sent off to foster homes without other cats. they were being socialized to a broad spectrum of other cats and to humans so as to be highly adoptable.the option to this was leaving them to starve, die or continue to senselessly breed in the wild where they had a high probability of being killed outright or dumped in a kill shelter and euthanized instantly because they were feral. they had more love, shelter and care then they had ever experienced in their lives and were waiting hopefully for their own permanent homes. you would deny these poor creatures this because you ‘ think’ 30 cats in one home is wrong even though you’ve never seen the environment ? you know outright that if caring souls didnt take these cats in they would die sometimes horrible and cruel deaths. you know that the shelters get over run every summer at’ kitten time’.

    rescues are different then breeders but neither are by definition hoarders. hoarders have a specific psychological problem- a mental illness. confusing humane breeders and rescuers with the mentally unhinged has the potential to deny many animals that second chance at life so many unfortunately never get. ive had as many as 6 cats but know of people who can barely care for one due to their own limitations. i certainly could take care of more cats. i find 4 just the same as 8. i also find they adapt pretty well to each other with rare exceptions.

  11. Donna says:

    Lets quit being so judgemental.Get all the facts,before passing judgement.It makes life so much sweeter. Blessings

  12. The Lioness says:

    DW, excellent post. I, too, have noticed a rather judgmental tone lately. What gives?

    I have 10 cats, and we have a utility closet off our kitchen. It’s really nothing more than an internal bathroom, but without the fixtures. Just a closet. I am vigilant and keep the cats out of there as much as I can.

    Unfortunately, one night, one of them snuck in and we did not realize it until the next morning when I went to feed them. She was fine–that’s where we keep the food. LOL! Another time, the same cat got shut in my master bedroom closet. Probably not for more than a few hours–both are closets we use frequently.

    The cats are now not allowed in any of the bedrooms, and I close the cloet downstairs immediately once I grab something out of it.

    Accidents happen. it doesn’t make anyone a bad owner. You learn from your mistakes.

    Also, large numbers of cats do not equal hoarding. Hoarding has a very specific definition. Sure, this lady COULD be a hoarder; however, I believe someone stated she’s actually a breeder. Big, big difference.

    ~The Lioness

  13. The Lioness says:

    Mittens, I always appreciate your posts, as well.

    It is very hurtful to be branded a hoarder, when you work very hard, day and night, to take care of your animals, and you often put them before yourself (ie, juggling bills so “Misty” can go to the vet, etc.) Very hurtful. I have been called a hoarder by people I THOUGH were close friends. (They have since realized they were incorrect, but that hurt doesn’t go away.)

    I have 10, and I work constantly at caring for them: attention, play, feeding, medical care, cleaning, and more cleaning. ;) I’m in total agreement with you about how, if people like myself–who take in an unusual number–weren’t able to do so, the animals would be the ones to suffer.

    People really should educate themselves about what hoarding actually is before labeling others.

    ~The Lioness

  14. c k says:

    There’s no reason anyone should be breeding cats with the overpopulation that already exists. It is demented.

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