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Cat survives perilous plummet
Curiosity almost killed Naiya the cat.
Fortunately, all she got was the flight of her young life and a rushed trip to the vet for x-rays and a checkup.
Jenn Parker, Naiya's person, said she knew something was amiss Sunday morning when the normally gregarious and snooping Maine coon and Himalayan cross didn't follow her husband's every move around their Carnarvon Street apartment as he prepared for work.
At first she thought 16-month old Naiya had somehow gotten herself stuck in a closet or cupboard overnight.
"We're used to her getting into stuff," said Parker.
But when Parker didn't hear her soft cries, she started to worry.
It was while searching for her AWOL kitty Parker noticed a corner of the screen door that leads to their balcony on the 10th floor slightly askew. Normally the heavy sliding glass door is also closed, explained Parker, but the warm late-summer weather made the apartment stuffy.
When Parker didn't see Naiya roaming the small balcony, she feared the worst.
"A sense of dread came over us," said Parker, who looked over the railing dreading what she might see below. "We just got that big sinking feeling."
She sent an email to the condo manager then headed to the second floor where residents' patios comprise the roof of the building's pedestal down to sidewalk.
One neighbour said a cat had oddly appeared in his condo but disappeared before he could corral it.
Parker hastily made some signs and walked around her downtown neighbourhood calling Naiya's name.
"I was just hoping someone had seen her," said Parker.
When she got home, she searched the internet for hopeful stories of cats surviving perilous plummets from high balconies. According to the website petwave.com, cats have survived falls from as high as 32 stories.
Later that day, the neighbour on the second floor contacted her. He'd heard noises in the wall near his fireplace. He'd put some food near a hole he'd previously cut when he was doing some work. He had Naiya.
"She definitely looked freaked out," said Parker, who loaded Naiya into her carrier for a hurried trip to the vet which was just about to close for the day.
X-rays showed no broken bones, the vet's examination turned up no internal injuries. Through the whole procedure, Parker said Naiya was nonplussed, cleaning and preening herself as if nothing had happened.
And whatever did happen, Naiya wasn't talking.