Owner's vigil for cat trapped in storage for four days
CARMEL Drennan has spent the last 24 hours in a camp chair at a Gympie storage facility.
She sustains her vigil in the hope that her cat Talloula will find her way out of the sheds where she has been trapped since Monday.
Ms Drennan was moving house on Monday morning, and shifted half of her belongings into the storage facility.
Her friend was taking Talloula temporarily, while Ms Drennan was between permanent accommodation.
Ms Drennan said Talloula's cage was old and in need of replacing, and she believes at some point the cat escaped and bolted towards the sheds.
The friend then accidentally picked up the wrong cage to take with her, further confusing events.
Once the shed was closed and the house move completed, Ms Drennan had no idea anything was amiss.
It wasn't until late yesterday afternoon that she returned to the shed and heard a cat mewling.
She called her friend, who finally admitted Talloula was missing.
"She said she didn't know how to tell me," Ms Drennan said.
Talloula was not in Ms Drennan's shed, and all the other sheds are locked by the renters.
"I thought, holy dooley, what do I do?" Ms Drennan said.
Police and firefighters told Ms Drennan they can't step in to extract Talloula until the cat could be heard to be in severe distress.
But Ms Drennan said every time someone rattled a storage shed door, Talloula falls silent, likely terrified.
She said Talloula was a rescue cat who had been mistreated by previous owners, and was distrustful of strangers as a result.
Ms Drennan today approached the facility's offsite managers, but was dissatisfied with their response.
She said the managers were reluctant to contact all the storage shed holders so the sheds could be unlocked and searched.
"Everyone's too busy," she said.
She said she will continue her watch for Talloula at the facility, and is extremely worried over the cat's health.
"She has a heart condition," Ms Drennan said.
"I have a heart condition, I don't need this stress."