Mojo's Life - Gone 3rd Day & Fell 10 Meters Down - Rescue Mission
Remember me mentioning Mojo being in heat?
Well, this means she was very motivated to slip outside when I was not fast enough closing a door. I wasn't too worried though simply because the previous few times she went out, she mostly sat between the gate and the window looking at the birds in the trees. When she walked uphill, I still wasn't worried because the previous few times she came back to drink and eat at least every hour or two hours. Except for one time when she went out at night and came back exactly at 8 AM when my alarm goes off and she's there to greet me. She walked right in when I stepped inside. I totally expected the same to happen this time, even when she had been out all day already, making the overnighter a full 24 hours already. I know she loves us so I still didn't panic.
Back to the old spot
Of course, the most logical thing to do is go back to the old spot where she was rescued. Good thing is that this is literally walking uphill and behind the swimming pool of this building. In between there is a dump hole, I don't know how else to call it, I will show you a picture in a bit. Anyway, no Mojo there, just a few other cats that remained and only one pretty blue eyes kitten left. I checked several times that day to see if she joined the old crew, but no Mojo. What I noticed for the first time, as I never went fully up the hill yet, is that this so called dumpster hole is extremely deep and seems dangerous too with everything people have been dumping in there. For a second I checked to see how steep it is from where these cats stay, and it crossed my mind thinking I hope she didn't slip and fell in there.
I started to worry the second day
As she ate in the morning and didn't have water since either, I know food is not the biggest issue but water is important. I think with all the sand here even more so. You get thirsty from playing hard, right? Day 2 I woke up at 6 AM, which is weird but ok, I went to the toilet and went back to bed telling Mojo to come home in my mind. Ten minutes later I heard a loud cat sound and it was just a 1 time sound, not a cat in heat asking for male attention or anything. I first thought, hey Mojo is home but nothing happened. I thought I imagined it and went to sleep. In the morning, we both were super worried, and went for another round in the area. My boyfriend walked uphill to the scary staircase on our building and then spotted her for just a brief second. She looked up and then walked away (the bitch! lol). He was the only one that spotted her once though, I didn't see her once during the day when I went there and called for her.
In the afternoon
He went back there with our daughter and spotted her, she didn't respond much she was either in pain, shock, tired or just not interested. My daughter called me to come help so I went there and asked where she was, she blends in well so I could not even see her with my eyes, I had to use the camera on my phone to zoom in and see what she was doing. To my surprise and happiness, when I started to talk to her she kept looking at me and came out. Yay, she looked a bit tired and dirty as well as scared at first. We didn't know if she was hurt yet.
I can't even explain properly what kind of thing they are using as a dumpster here as it makes no sense at all. Mind you, you can leave your furniture and big items that you need to let go of for free at the dumpsters for the municipality to pick it up, that is is nobody beats them to it. In Holland, I would have been so happy with this service, we had to pay for that stuff! But alas, if you have this option, to drop your stuff outside, why would you even consider dumping it somewhere? Well, I don't have the answer but it makes me a bit pissed to be honest, especially now that our cat is stuck in between that stuff which at some parts seems dangerous. Check some of the images to get a clear view of the deep dive Mojo made. It must be 10 meters down at least, maybe more with the top of the part if she fell all the way from there.
Now it's possible that you think this isn't that bad, but trust me, it is. Especially as we can't reach it in any way!
Check out what's in there, the big white thing under the tree is a big couch for example, so that you can see how small it looks from up the stairs. It will give you an idea of the dept.
So there's this hole which is made for some reason next to our building (behind the wall on the right, the garden/swimming pool area starts, all contaminated with junk as well).
If you check here you can see the trees up this side of the hill where the hole is, and a little further up than the picture, that's where all the neighborhood cats are hiding out and where we rescued Mojo a few months ago.
I panicked at first
Thinking there's no way she can survive this, seeing what's below and how bad she could land. So I was not surprised she stayed hidden at first.
My boyfriend managed to use the laser pointer to show me where she was hiding and I saw her. I could not see her well when she moved though, she looked sad to me and a bit scared. Then I used the phone camera to zoom in and saw this when I called her:
A moment of recognition and I felt at least a bit important here, haha. After all, she's truly my buddy most out of us three. When I get a bit stressed she immediately walks towards my head to give me a cuddle and remind me that I should be calm, as she was by my side all day when my blood pressure went through the roof. She seems to be making sure I don't get too upset. The sweetheart. Now that I think about it, maybe I should have a good loud cry over there, to lure her in the basket, lol.
Hours of trying
We used her carrier and a rope to try and lure her in the carrier and then lift her up:
It's not the clearest image but I kept filming in between the bottom of the staircase which is freaking me out (it seems half broken) so I'm not a fan and trying to stay on the side and let my boyfriend take the risk. That sounds bad but he swears it's safe. As you can see in the image above, she went in, one time even fully, but she gets too spooked when it moves.
When we went back the second time, we had a bowl with water which we lifted down so she has water, which made me more calm but it also made her more comfortable to start grooming herself and playing more.
She definitely responded to me when I was there, but never any meow, nothing. It was frustrating but I figured as long as she has water and seems in good health, we should not stress too much.
Yesterday evening, I suddenly realized we needed to see if we can find someone with a cage to catch her because these close when the cat is inside and therefore you don't risk them jumping out. It is a risk to lift her up even if she decides to sit still for a bit and then decides to jump, she can hurt herself easily there when she's panicking and not looking where to land first. It's been a point of concern for me using this carrier but there's nothing better available here. I thought maybe I could give it a try and ask the vet, who was very helpful and immediately went typing to someone. Ten minutes later she asked my number so this person can contact me later as she has a cage.
My boyfriend had a bright moment while I was out getting this done and decided to create a door that stays closed when she enters. It's not as certain that it stays closed as the cages that are meant to catch these cats but it's worth the try, especially until we hear from this lady.
It's not the best design but it can work. Or doesn't it? He went there and had dry food in the box, she outsmarted him and stretched her paws all the way to the back and moved out the food she could grab to leave the box again :) lol. So he adjusted it again and used double sided tape to stick a box of wet food which smells much better (lol) to the bottom. Let's see if she can manage to eat that as well without getting stuck inside. The little rascal!
Now we wait
We have checked a few times now, but she seems to be sleeping as she's not visible and hasn't come out the past hours. I secretly hope that she will be caught with this though so we don't need the help of the cage, but if the evening falls, a cage is definitely the safest and smartest option for sure. We really miss her. Just an hour ago, they delivered a huge box with 3 big bags of cat food I bet it lasts 6 months or so lol, the bags are way bigger than those we used to buy and these lasts a month or so. And now we don't have a cat for the food, damn it! Come home baby, we miss you and are desperate for some cat love!
To be continued (soon, hopefully)