All Hayley Crews wanted was to see a few dollars from the sale of a box spring (as in part of a mattress set) that she listed on Craigslist. She and her boyfriend were getting a place of their own, and the bedding was no longer needed. Instead of making some fast cash, Hayley’s been on a scavenger hunt trying to locate her cat Camo.
Camo has always enjoyed the box spring as a favorite hiding spot. Hayley knew this, and had taped the box spring up to prevent Camo from hiding there. Unfortunately, before selling the box spring, Hayley removed the tape. Her cat escaped when Hayley’s boyfriend, Roy Dufek, met with a Craigslist buyer at her Portland home while Hayley was at work. He didn’t think to check to make sure Camo wasn’t in hiding.
Roy searched the apartment after the box spring left the apartment. He knew Camo wasn’t the type of cat to run out the door, and knowing the cat would have to get past three sets of doors, he simply thought the cat had found a very good hiding spot. After tearing the apartment apart, Roy contacted Hayley at work with the bad news. Camo was gone, and Hayley was right in suspecting he was carried out inside the box spring.
A video clip of Camo’s adventure can be found here
The story went viral after Roy posted Camo on Reddit, where he explained what happened.
Hayley lives in the Rock Creek neighborhood, and the buyer lives near the Hillsboro Airport. That means it’s a four to five mile drive that crosses Highway 26. Camo may have jumped out of the box spring somewhere in between. Or he may be somewhere in the buyer’s neighborhood.
The Craigslist buyer allowed Hayley and Roy to search his property, but Camo was nowhere to be found. Tips continued to pour in, all leading to dead ends and different cats. Hayley set a trap using sardines in oil and clothing with her scent, which she placed near the buyer’s home. On Saturday, her plan worked. Camo was found.
By Sunday, Camo was back at home. Hayley described him as “scared and hissy.” and that he’d lost about two pounds and had a few bumps and bruises, included injured paws. His little white nose wasn’t even white anymore. It was black from dirt.
Camo was taken to his veterinarian just to be sure he was okay. He was given an antibiotic shot, and is recovering from his ordeal, which lasted ten days. Roy posted a thank you on Reddit for all of the people who helped search for Camo.
I chose this story to write on because it shows just how quickly things can go wrong when you have a cat who loves to hide. It also shows how animal lovers join together using social media anytime help is needed in locating a missing furbaby. I can relate to Hayley, because we have a few cats with very secretive hiding places. One of our cats has a spot we’ve never found, and just have to wait for her to come out on her own! I also had a cat who went missing for more than two weeks back in the late 1980’s. After calling for her throughout the neighborhood, she simply wandered back home one day.
Have any of the PoC readers had a cat with a secret hiding space or go missing for a few weeks before being found? Please leave a comment.