This is why I don’t like cats and why they actually need nine lives


Stupid irritating wastes of space!

Builders accidentally sealed a Christchurch cat into a wall of a house for two days, before sealing her again into a neighbouring house’s ceiling for a week.

Gypsy Little, now toothless after suffering severe gingivitis, was initially trapped inside a Kidson Tce lounge wall for two days then three weeks later was boarded up inside the ceiling of a neighbouring place for an entire week, sparking two separate, desperate rescue efforts.

“It was a tragedy, but she’s fine,” said relieved owner Lynne Johnston, now not taking any chances with the moggy safely caged at the Cashmere Veterinary Clinic.

“I think she’s been a bit traumatised by the earthquakes so she goes burrowing into nice warm places.”

While waiting for earthquake repairs to be finished at their own place, the pair shifted to temporary rental accommodation in Cashmere.

But EQC was contacted about their new home and builders arrived to open up the lounge wall for testing. A square of plaster board “slightly larger than a cat flap-sized opening” was sliced out at floor level to enable a peek inside.

A short time later, replacement walling was firmly screwed back in place via electric drill. In between, Gypsy Little had suddenly vanished.

…and should have been left vanished.  I’m a great believer in natural selection.

Just three weeks later, Gypsy Little vanished a second time, leaving Ms Johnston desperately hunting the area when the neighbour arrived at 10.30 one night. He had heard meows coming from above. “I was a crying wreck. There was this tiny hole in the gib and she poked her nose out, then her head and one paw.”

The neighbour sliced into the ceiling to free the desperately hungry cat. Ms Johnston perched on a step ladder with a tray to entice her out.

“I don’t blame anyone for this. She burrows, I’ve watched her getting into the back of drawers and fossicking around,” Ms Johnston said.

Aren’t you glad the owner doesn’t actually blame anyone?  Those builders must be mighty relieved.


– Amy Gibson, NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.