Monday, 29 August 2016

A Brighton Cat's Tale.



Imagine waking in the middle of the night to the sound of some bloody cat making a goddamn awful noise from with-inside a wall. 

They listened and listened, trying to work-out where the little wretch could be, then were forced to move rooms so they could get some sleep in peace. In the morning they phoned the fire brigade, who soon arrived with hammer and chisel, and cut a bloody great hole in the chimney breast.


And there it was; the little Monkey. It had gone to see what was down the chimney, and got stuck.

Here's the culprit (below). In disgrace.


So, why am I telling you about this? Well it all happened at my house in Brighton a few days ago.

The owners of the cat have promised to pay for the repairs!

Photos © Cath Gillo.



41 comments:

  1. Curiousity nearly killed that cat! What troublesome creatures they are! I'm glad to have dogs instead, they never get into nonsense like that!

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    1. Quite right; although I do have a cat as well as a dog.

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  2. I'm glad the cat has an owner!
    Greetings Maria x

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  3. I have heard of cats going up the chimney, and have always kept open chimneys shut off for this reason, but never heard of one coming down!

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    1. No other way it could have got in there, it possibly heard noises and went to investigate.

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  4. Sorry to say that one litte kitty didn't make it across the road outside it's house this am. On a track with five houses (6 cars) it was really bad luck.

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    1. The previous 9 times it was lucky.

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  5. Our half Siamese farm cat, who is pretty wild, did exactly the same in the calf house wall - luckily the farmer was able to take out a few bricks and get to him.

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    1. They left it to the Fire Brigade, although they probably could have done the same.

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  6. I have 2 cats and a dog, different worlds.

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    1. You'd never find a dog walking on the roof, or looking down chimneys.

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  7. Every few years, a feral pigeon will do the same thing here. Unfortunately (for the pigeon) we don't chop holes in the wall, but wait for the ocassional muffled flapping to subside and peace return. Pity.

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    1. I did wonder whether this cat might have eventually found his way out; rather like cats that find their own way down trees. But maybe not.

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    2. I doubt it. Even things with wings don't find their way back up blocked chimneys.

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  8. Oh Tom, I couldn,t do that. I would picture the pain and suffering the pigeon was going through, would need to call the fire brigade!.

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    1. Pigeons and Seagulls are hated in the UK; often with good reason.

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    2. And there's trillions and billions of them

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    3. Sure we hate pigeons! But I could never ever let one die of starvation and or pain in my chimney, not that I have one!. It is a living breathing animal!.

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  9. It happens here.....but with possums !

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    1. 'Possums' sound very exotic to us Europeans.

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  10. Glad it turned out well...for the cat.

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  11. Funnily enough, I sat watching our cat on the roof yesterday. She climbed onto the chimney stack, peered down the chimney, out one foot on the opening, then another, then.....changed her mind and came down. Thank goodness.
    Although with a bit of luck she would simply have ended up in the wood burner, which fortunately hasn't been lit for months.

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    1. Our cat spends a lot of time up on the roof, but I don't think he's ever considered doing a Santa entrance.

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  12. Maybe they should leave the hole in the wall in case he tries to do the same again.

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  13. Perhaps those fire brigade men had dealt with similar situations? Over here, I've often heard of folks calling the fire department for other cat issues. Cat calls.

    Glad that Brighton kitty was rescued and the wall will be repaired.

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    1. Knowing the UK, they probably deal with more mischievous Moggies than fires!

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  14. After that (probably expensive) adventure, this kitty should be kept inside by his owner.

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    1. I quite expect it'll want to stay inside for a while.

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  15. Amazing cat story. Do you plan to return to live in the Brighton house at some time?

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    1. We have two Brighton homes, we might return for the Winters to the other much smaller one. But not for quite a while.

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    2. Oh vous êtes riche. Des maisons partout.

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    3. I just wanted to say how appreciative I am of the fact that you do comment on what your readers post. Thank you.

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    4. I do try to reply to all comments, thank you.

      Ms More; A couple of wise investments, that's all. My pension.

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  16. Well, it made a change for the firemen, instead of rescuing it from up a tree !

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    1. Most cats can easily descend from a tree; just leave them alone.

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  17. They are such varmits at times. I shut my black cat in the wardrobe daft beggar...he was asleep and didn't show up at the back in the dark.
    Arilx

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    1. Poor thing. One minute just snoozing, the next a prisoner.

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  18. We have spark regulators on our chimmies here. It is a like a hat that fits on top of the opening that helps stop any sparks for floating in a breeze and start a fire. You have to have one. If I had an outdoor cat I would for sure have one installed. No sparks no kitties falling down. But outdoor cats where I live are hors d'oeuvre for all the critters that live around me.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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