Friday, June 18, 2010
Local Cat Says He Survived Three Days Trapped In Home With No Ketchup
A local cat who was trapped in his home for 3 days without ketchup survived on orange juice, toothpaste, and M&Ms, and scrawled a sad farewell note to his parents before neighbors came to check on him.
Police reports state that Gibson, a 6-year-old, neutered, Scottish Fold, had become trapped inside his home due to the omnipresence of a “really big dog who wanted to eat me.”
Scared, he stayed inside where he nearly starved to death due to the fact he had unexpectedly run out of ketchup.
Gibson reportedly told police that after baking a tray of french fries for lunch, he hungrily sprinkled seasoning salt on them, went to the cupboard.
Sadly, someone had put the bottle back into the cupboard empty
"I was absolutely devastated," Gibson said. "There was no ketchup, none. The bottle was there, but it was empty. I honestly didn’t know what to do in that type of situation. I was not prepared.”
Ketchup, sometimes called the “king of condiments,” is considered a staple in the diet of many cats. There are millions who say they too, cannot and will not eat things without it.
"I looked through every drawer and cupboard," Gibson said. "I was hoping to find even just one ketchup packet, something, anything I could even add water to, just so I could at least eat my fries."
Neighbor Molly said she “regrets” thinking it was a joke
Gibson, who has reportedly never eaten french fries without ketchup, called his neighbors to share the sad news, hoping to score a bottle or even a stray ketchup packet.
Sadly, none of his neighbors enjoyed ketchup as much as he did and instead, viciously laughed at him, believing him to be joking, leaving him alone in the house with no ketchup whatsoever.
With no options left, he abandoned the fries, but was shocked to discover the only food items left at his immediate disposal were foods he only enjoyed with ketchup.
Without ketchup, Gibson’s fries were discarded into the trash
“All I had was steak, hot dogs, potato chips, eggs, and stuff for grilled cheese sandwiches, which I cannot eat without ketchup,” he stated.
Neighbors who eventually grew concerned after three days passed without seeing him found Gibson in the bathtub wearing only a scarf. He had lost 20 pounds, surviving only on orange juice, toothpaste, water, and a package of M&Ms, police said.
Police found a sad note scribbled in shaky handwriting written by him on the back of a KitKat wrapper to his parents saying goodbye and hoping that the next time they went to the store they remembered to get some ketchup.
Sharyn Thoma-Guay reporter-at-large
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