MINNESOTA – A stowaway kitten has recently made a remarkable trip to Minnesota before her consistent meowing kept the neighbors up on a Minneapolis street. In the end, the cat likely spent two days and more than 200 miles hiding in a car.
The incessant meowing began Thursday, when the relatives of a neighbor drove from South Dakota and parked their car on 11th Avenue; the pair then flew all the way to Alaska. Shauna Sperber explained that her aunt and uncle first heard meows in South Dakota, but the sounds somehow “went away” before they began driving from their farm near Brookings.
“When I brought them to the airport, they jokingly said, ‘in case you hear a cat, don’t be alarmed,’” Sperber said to Fox 9.
As neighbors heard the meows, they started inventing different and various methods of getting the cat to come outside.
“[We] spent four or five hours on Friday trying to coax the cat out with tuna, salmon, a box to climb into — with no success,” Matt Larson explained to Fox 9.
However, on Saturday afternoon, the neighbors popped the hood and could see a foot and tail. They then carefully removed a small piece of the engine compartment, and Mike Nash grabbed the cat.
“I knew in my mind, if I pulled her out, I’d probably keep her,” Nash said to Fox 9.
Nash explained that the decision to keep the cat was easy, but picking the name is a little more difficult.
“We thought about ‘Nissan,’ the car she came in on. ‘Dakota’ where she came from. But she’s pretty darn lucky, so ‘Lucky’ might be the one that sticks,” Nash concluded.