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Cat Travels 3,700 Miles from Texas to Alaska in a Mattress

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 18, 2015

Cat Travels 3,700 Miles from Texas to Alaska in a Mattress

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Losing an animal can be devastating blow to a family, but when that loss comes at the same time as a move from Texas to Alaska, it can be overwhelming.

Luckily for a family from El Paso, Texas, the cat they lost two months prior was discovered alive but trapped inside a mattress packed away when they were getting ready to travel to their new home in Alaska.

According to The Associated Press, Army soldier Jesse Chelf, his wife Kymberly and their family were reassigned from Texas to Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska, and lost their cat in the days before they moved.

The Chelf family stayed in Texas three extra days to search for the cat named Moosie.

As the moving trucks made their way 3,700 road miles to Fairbanks, the cat remained stuck in a futon mattress until movers eventually brought the furniture into the new home. Once opened, the emaciated cat appeared with a meow.

Moosie was rushed to the local veterinary hospital where he underwent hours of surgery to repair the damage. The cat received a blood transfusion and was rehydrated, but managed to survive the experience.

The Chelf family has spent several thousand dollars in veterinarian bills to get their cat back to health so far, and the road to recovery won’t be easy, but everyone is glad to have the feline alive and almost ready to come home once again.

Kymberly Chelf told The AP, “It's unbelievable, but we are so glad to have him alive, and we can't wait for him to come back home. It's a long road to recovery for him, but we're looking forward to having him back and getting him nice and fat again.”

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