Cat Survives Getting Accidentally Buried Alive

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A cat-loving mom in St. Jacob, Ill., thought her family cat had died so she buried the animal, but it turned out that Muffin was just dead asleep, according to the New York Daily News.

Sarah McCallum thought she had come upon the day all pet owners dread when she found her cat apparently lifeless in her home. Muffin was lying completely still, not breathing and with no pulse that McCallum could detect.

Acting quickly, McCallum found an appropriately sized box in which to fit Muffin's body, then set about burying her in the backyard.

Hours later, McCallum's children arrived home from school, and their mother explained to them that Muffin had died that day.

Hearing the news, kind-hearted Bradley McCallum, 6, wanted to lay a flower on Muffin's grave. His gesture probably saved the cat's life.

"When I was burying a hole for it, I heard a meow," Bradley said.

When she realized Muffin was still alive, Sarah McCallum raced to the fresh grave with a shovel. "I couldn't move the dirt fast enough," McCallum said.

When all was said and done, Muffin spent longer than three hours buried alive. Her veterinarian said the cat had probably suffered a seizure and prescribed medication for

The McCallums are just happy their funeral for Muffin turned out to be unnecessary. Bradley, in particular, needs his cat around for one very important reason. "This cat is the only cat that likes to snuggle with me," he said.


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Carol O'Neill

Please do yourself a favor and wait for Rigor Mortis to set in before you bury your pet.

April 19 2013 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

do they make them any dumber than this women. you have to wonder

April 19 2013 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This probably happens more then people think. I had a friend who this happened to and the cat actually dug itself out of the grave and came back. Cats are very resilient. I had a cat when I was younger who was lost for two days. We looked all over for him and couldn't find him. On Christmas night I heard him crying. I went to where I heard the crying. I opened a drawer and he jumped out. He got into a drawer and feel asleep with clothes. He didn't have food out water for two and was fine. He didn't even go to the bathroom. He lived to be 17 years old and is still one of the best animals I ever had.

April 19 2013 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I believe they mean the cat was given medication for epilepsy, not encephalitis.

April 19 2013 at 11:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What an ass.

April 19 2013 at 8:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is to change the subject. My friends cat, became very sick 4 days ago. I encouraged her to take it to the vet. Kitty had poop all over himself and looked terrible. The Vet took one look at the cat and said. This cat needs to be put down. Gloria did not want this, she said, cannot you do blood work or something. The vet came back with a $2000 estimate for blood work and and Ultra Sound to find what wrong with the cat. Of coarse, Gloria did not have that kind of money. She asked is she could get something to rehydrate the cat and make him comfortable. The vet made her sign a paper, saying that she refused medical advice for the cat. Then turned her into Animal Control. They showed up in two patrol cars, accusing her of abuse and neglect of the cat. This is the most spoilt cat I know. Still weight 10 lbs as he did when fix over a 3 years ago. Kitty did die, but what is wrong, with making the cat comfortable at home. Animals are part of our family, than to add the police to it, because you will not put the animal down right then. She wanted to talk to her husband first. She was crying, she loved Kitty. Has anyone else experince this problem with there Vet? Thanks Liz Northern Michigan

April 19 2013 at 4:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dang cats! You never know what their up to............! lol! Not a very nice looking burial plot either.......

April 19 2013 at 3:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Acting quickly"? Why was she said to have acted quickly? What is the rush to bury a dead cat? Take it to the vet to make SURE. Some people are not too bright. Lucky she didn't take Muffin to be cremated.

April 19 2013 at 1:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Goodness people stop burying your pets alive! Make sure they have passed on before you get the box and the shovel out. I read a story not long ago about a hamster also having this happen to it. Thank God the woman didn't put the hamster in a box before sure buried it. They can't meow or bark to let you know they are still alive. Don't just feel for a pulse, LISTEN for one too. It's your pet so you can put your ear up to their chest and listen. But what is best is to always take your pet to their veterinarian as soon as possible. They can definitively tell you your pet has passed away. Just because a pet is not moving does not mean it has passed away. If for some reason you will NOT take your pet to see the veterinarian watch the pet for 2-3 hours for Rigor Mortis to set in. If your pet gets stiff within 2-3 hours after you found the pet then your pet has passed on. But again take your pet to the veterinarian to make sure your pet has passed on.

April 19 2013 at 1:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Tell her kids to lock their bedroom doors when THEY'RE sleeping! Mom's a little nutty.

April 19 2013 at 12:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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