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Packing? Make sure Your Feline Friend Doesn’t Accidentally Tag Along on Your Trip!

Sunday, March 13, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats can and will get into anything! Here’s a story by Paul Caufield of the New York Daily News published several years ago.

A stowaway cat survived a flight from Ohio to Disney World after he became trapped in his owner’s suitcase.

Ethel Maze, of the Circleville, near Columbus, wasn’t sure how her kitten, Bob-Bob, got into her luggage before her annual trip to see Mickey and Minnie Mouse on Monday.

Maze runs a care home for disabled veterans, and every year, she takes around 15 of them to the park dubbed “The Happiest Place on Earth.”

“We have a young man who helps out and gets our luggage ready and he said it looked like a suitcase was moving but he thought he was imagining things,” she told ABC News.

“We had been up all night getting ready so we thought nothing of it.”

Somehow, Bob-Bob managed to survive and hour’s drive from the home to Columbus airport, a trip through the X-ray scanner, and a two hour flight to Orlando that took off at 7 a.m.

TSA agents weren’t sure how the cat slipped past security.

“Our machines are very sensitive to picking up explosives and other threats to aviation,” spokeswoman Sari Koshetz told the Orlando Sentinel.

We have a young man who helps out and gets our luggage ready and he said it looked like a suitcase was moving but he thought he was imagining things,” says Bob-Bob’s owner Ethel Maze.

Maze didn’t discover the cat until 2:30 p.m. on Monday, 10 hours after she zipped the suitcase shut.

“He was so frightened,” she told ABC News.

“He hid for about seven hours in our hotel room and only in the middle of the night came out and started licking us and purring.”

The group was set to return to Ohio on Sunday.

Now if you’re getting ready for your next trip, check and make sure that you don’t have an extra passenger sleeping in your suitcase. One about six years ago, before we moved to Delaware permanently, I was packing to come down to Delaware for the weekend and I happened to notice the towels moving on the top of my suitcase, when I moved them, I saw my cat Millie snugged at the bottom. In this case, Millie didn’t want to come along to Delaware, she found a new hiding place in an attempt to avoid the long car ride! If packing for a trip, don’t leave open suitcases on the bed. You never know, you may have an unexpected traveler on your trip!

Remember, pets are family.

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