I think my cat has such an interesting name that you know there just has to be a story that goes with it! Well, you’re right! I named my cat “Emergency” & “Merge” for short. He was so tiny when we brought him and his brother home 16 years ago that he easily fit in a small hole under a cabinet in the kitchen & ended up in the apartment floorboard, walls or some mysterious unknown place like a black hole!

All I saw was a curious kitten exploring every inch of his new home and then POOF! In the hole he went! I went into panic mode, of course, and opened up the cupboard expecting him to be in the bottom of it but then realized he must be UNDER the floorboard or in the wall of this apartment! I did not have a name for him yet so I called here kitty kitty! What could be happening to him? Why is he not coming back out of the hole? What do I do? KITTY KITTY KITTY!!!

I was so scared & as the minutes went on, I became frantic! Someone…please help my cat!! I needed immediate help, experienced people that knew what to do as I was quickly falling apart…..Then I got an idea! I’ve seen fireman go up trees to save kitties so why not get a cat out of a floorboard in a kitchen? I grabbed the phone & dialed 9-1-1 so quick I was talking to the operator screaming that my kitten was in the apartment wall under a cabinet and I need fireman….HELP!!

The operator must of thought I was a crazy! Within minutes I had about 5 of the cutest fireman standing at my front door & when I opened it all of them went into Emergency Mode & all I could say was my kitten is up and under this cabinet….HELP him, he has no name, he’s just a baby…. I don’t know how to get him out of the apartment
floorboard…. he could be hurt…. HELP!

Every one of those firemen stopped, looked at me and said, What? Where? How? After a few minutes of deep thought by these 5 firemen on what their strategy was going to be I just knew these were the men that were going to save my kitty!! Smart, trained and if anybody can help my kitty it was going to be this cute fireman! 1 of them asked me does he have a plate that you feed him on? I gave him a small plate. Then he said, “I’ll also need a can of cat food please.” I got one can of small kitten food.

I thought what are you doing? We have to FIND the kitten first before feeding it!! I could not believe my eyes when all it took was a few taps on the cat dish with a spoon & the smell of ocean fish feast and within seconds out came a ball of fur just as quickly as he went in! Instantly he was out & eating off that plate of food that the fireman had used to coax him out of the “black hole” !!! How brilliant was he?!!!!

I could not stop hugging my kitten and thinking the firemen! They told me that I should not of called 911 as I could of taken time away from a REAL fire or emergency…they were so glad everything worked out but told me ….”Don’t Ever Do That Again!!” I said okay knowing that I would do the EXACT same thing if it happened again! My cats are my world & I would do anything for them! So, now you know why my cat is
named Emergency!

Did not take me long to come up with a name after that incident! Over the years, emergency has lived up to his name and got in many “situations” that if I had not of been there to save him in one way or another…..well, I just don’t want to think what might of happened! I know one thing is for sure that whenever I call out his name. Emergency!! Emergency!! My neighbors ask, “Are you okay? Do you need an ambulance?!!” I laugh and say no emergency just was calling my cat! I love Merge so much and enjoyed his one of a kind name over the years!

Michelle Oliver