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post #1 of 42
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OH NO OUR CAT SOCKS GOT INTO THE HEATING VENTS HOW DO I GET HIM OUT???????????
post #2 of 42
Does he have a favorite food he will come for? If so then put it at the opening where he got in and when he comes out block it off. If not a food, then a toy that you can make some noise with to attract him or something like that.
Good Luck!
post #3 of 42
ahaha my cats come running from anywhere in our house at the sound of a temptations bag full of treats.... maybe throw some in to him and get his attention by shaking the bag.. hope everything works out...
post #4 of 42
Make sure that the heat is turned off. Try to tempt him out by putting some food near the vent (or shaking a treat bag), and then leave him be. He may come out on his own, but he probably won't if he has an audience. How steep is the drop into the vent? My only big concern would be that he may not be able to climb up, in which case you would want to call a professional who deals with duct work.
post #5 of 42
If its an older cat and not a kitten, fav food or tuna or something like that might intice him out.

We had 5 week old barn kittens get into the heating ducts - they were not tamed at the time - totally scared. We had our smallest son have to go in a narrow space and undo the heating vents and pass the kittens to another person. Talk about a nitemare!
post #6 of 42
My Cat Smokey (RIP) got into the vet system while we were renovateing we banged on the ductwork until it shared him out. He was a little rattled later but it got him out quicker than waiting
post #7 of 42
Did your kitty ever come out of the vent?
post #8 of 42
Thread Starter 
No he still has not come out, it's been a week but he meows all night so we know he's alive.
We are going to have to call a proffessional soon. We've gotten salmon and tuna, put a flash light down there so he can see but still nothing.

Thanks for all the help everyone!
post #9 of 42
Don't wait any longer! He's 'lost' and all the food smells in the world won't help at this point, but without food, he'll get weaker and weaker. He may even be stuck somehow and you have to get help. Call the fire dept. - they know about these things and have ways to deal with it, and if not, they'll know who else to call (plumber, electrician, engineer). Don't assume he can get out on his own - he would have by now if he could!
post #10 of 42
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Originally Posted by Larke View Post
Don't wait any longer! He's 'lost' and all the food smells in the world won't help at this point, but without food, he'll get weaker and weaker. He may even be stuck somehow and you have to get help. Call the fire dept. - they know about these things and have ways to deal with it, and if not, they'll know who else to call (plumber, electrician, engineer). Don't assume he can get out on his own - he would have by now if he could!
please please please follow this advice i'm all worried & upset now

sending good }}}vibes{{{ your way
post #11 of 42
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Originally Posted by evepie View Post
please please please follow this advice i'm all worried & upset now

sending good }}}vibes{{{ your way
Me too!!! Poor kitty. You can bet he will be hiding scared for a few days after this ordeal.
post #12 of 42
If he has been there for a week with no food or water, he is in serious condition. You need to get him out immediately.
post #13 of 42
From the dates of your post it's been longer than a week...nine days. That is WAY too long without food and water. I know I wouldn't want to go that long without food and water. The cat has got to be starving by now and if he could have gotten out to the food he would have by now. He is obviously lost or stuck and you need to call someone in immediately to get him out. I would get a heat and air company out asap!
post #14 of 42
i honestly can't believe it's been left this long..9 days????..i would have called the services within hours of the cat having got in the vent....how on earth have you been able to sleep at night? i don't mean to be horrible but come on...to me this is just madness!
please please please get this poor cat out of there or he will die!
post #15 of 42
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i honestly can't believe it's been left this long..9 days????..i would have called the services within hours of the cat having got in the vent....how on earth have you been able to sleep at night? i don't mean to be horrible but come on...to me this is just madness!
please please please get this poor cat out of there or he will die!
I agree, there's NO way I would have let this go on for so long either.

I sure hope you've gotten him by now or at the very least called for help.
post #16 of 42
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thanx we will be calling someone today!
post #17 of 42
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he's had food, he does come out, but he goes back down, because when we hear him and come back upstairs he doesn't appreciate the audience.
post #18 of 42
OMG!!!! 10 Days!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How can you be so blasais about this?! Get someone in now and get the poor thing out of there!
post #19 of 42
If you know someone with a pet bird, ask if you can borrow the bird and the cage for a few days. Hang the cage up in the room where the kitten is hiding far enough away from the vent so he has to travel to the bird, put cat food below the cage, a litter box off to the side and another spot for the kitten to hide in- a covered litter pan with padding inside, a cardboard box with padding draped with a dark cloth. If not a bird, use a hamster, ferret or other such pet, keeping them in their cage. The noise of the small bird or rodent will trigger the cat's instinctive predatory nature. He should come out pretty quickly. Either stay in the room immobile until he does come into view and then when he is far enough away from the vent hurry over and block the vent.

Once he is out, get him to the vet immediately and have them do blood levels to be sure he is all right.
post #20 of 42
What????? He comes out??? How about fixing the vent so that he can't go back in?
post #21 of 42
Ok, I feel much better knowing that he has come and gotten the food, I think everyone on the board was thinking your poor cat was stuck and starving, but it sounds more like he's in love with his new hiding spot. Either way, it's time for him to give it up and once you get him safely out, block off the vent and make sure you check for other dangerous hiding places for him. If he's a really private cat, maybe you could look into giving him a safe hiding place, like a cat tunnel or a covered cat bed.
post #22 of 42
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We certainly will, we're gonna end up taking apart the vent ourselves, and we are going to bolt down the vent grates for good.
post #23 of 42
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Originally Posted by sidney109 View Post
What????? He comes out??? How about fixing the vent so that he can't go back in?
Yes annoyingly, he comes out, eats and dodges back down, I hear him.
post #24 of 42
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
OMG!!!! 10 Days!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How can you be so blasais about this?! Get someone in now and get the poor thing out of there!
Blasais?(What does that mean?)
We have called people,
HUMANE SOCIETY-they direct us to furnace and ductwork people
DUCTWORK PEOPLE- Direct us to calgary Animal services
ANIMAL SERVICES- Direct us to the Humane Society

Okay ppl im tryin and tryin, Im only 14.
My mom isnt doing much so I came on here.

My property manager at my complex has kitties and doesn't know how to get them out, She runs a cat rescue.

I hope ur not thinking Im a first time cat owner, Ive had cats all my life!
None of them have gotten into this situation before.
post #25 of 42
Thread Starter 
okay,

How do we cut apart the vents?
because the vent he hides in or at least the section of vents he hides in happens to be under and in flooring.
post #26 of 42
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How do we cut apart the vents?
because the vent he hides in or at least the section of vents he hides in happens to be under and in flooring.
You mentioned a property owner? Does your family live in an apartment or rented house? If so, try checking with them, they will know the best way to get at the vent.
post #27 of 42
blasais = not taking something seriously enough, laid back...

well what can i say, it does help for one to put all the information in the first post..."no he has not come out" says to me & i'm sure others - he hasn't come out....but obviously he has.

anyway & more importantly, i'm glad to hear he's had food/water, & please as soon as he comes out to get food or whatever make a real effort to quickly block the vent, it may take a few attempts but you'll manage it!

let us know how you get on
post #28 of 42
Have you tried borrowing or renting a humane trap from the humane society, i.e., the type used for trapping ferals, and putting your cat's food in there? That would be the easiest thing to try.

If that doesn't work, I think you/your mom are going to have to get the property manager to call the company that installed/services the heating system - they should have an idea of how the ducts are connected to the furnace. Somebody from the company should be able to come and detach the appropriate duct(s) from the furnace, and use a brush or broom, etc., to make your kitty go upward and out the vent. They might even be able to use a camera to inspect the ducts, and gently prod the kitty upward. Somebody will have to be stationed right there with a blanket, and trap the kitty.

Once the kitty is removed from the room, shut the door, and screw down the grate to the vent. Then make sure that all other grates are firmly screwed down.
post #29 of 42
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Originally Posted by evepie View Post
blasais = not taking something seriously enough, laid back...


I think you mean "blasé".

Anyway, back on track. The humane trap sounds like the easiest way to get the kitty. Trying to get through the vents if they are already closed in could be difficult and I'd consider that a last option.
post #30 of 42
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Originally Posted by jkrodger View Post
You mentioned a property owner? Does your family live in an apartment or rented house? If so, try checking with them, they will know the best way to get at the vent.
yes we live in a rented house but as I said above Karen does not know how to take apart the vents or get a kitten out of vents.
thank you though
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