We had a very traumatic experience this past weekend, with my son's cat, Blackie, a year old male who has been with us for the past 2 months: unbeknownst to us, he crawled beneath the recliner while my husband was sitting in it, and as he went to unrecline, realized that something was going on underneath--to our horror, we discovered that Blackie's neck was caught between a couple of metal slats in the reclining mechanism!!! We were all in a state, my husband trying to free Blackie, and having a hard time doing so, and we freaked out, noting that Blackie's body had gone limp, we were afraid we'd lost him. After what seemed like quite a while, my husband got him loose, and I raced him to the animal hospital, which fortunately for us, wasn't too far away. To make a long story short, Blackie survived, amazingly without even any damage to his neck or windpipe, but had to be kept overnight, with oxygen being piped into his glass cubicle. We feel very lucky (despite the huge vet bill) that Blackie made it through this ordeal, without any injuries, and are giving him twice as much love as he got before it happend. I just wanted to alert everyone out there to the dangers involved with a recliner, and to always be on the alert for kitties beneath. Someone else might not be so fortunate.
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9/2/08 at 1:31pm