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Captiva ‘cat on a hot tin roof’ rescued by CIFCD

By Staff | Jul 30, 2009

On Monday morning, around 7 a.m., the Captiva Island Fire Control district received a call concerning a cat in distress.

Maxine, the house cat of Captivans Mike and Canella Mullins, is not permitted to venture far from the property due to its location on busy Captiva Drive, but that didn’t stop the 11-year-old tabby from taking the leap.

According to Mike Mullins, Max is known for following her owner outside during his morning routine.

While Mullins prepares for the day, Max likes to sunbathe on the deck or take a nap in the middle of the spiral staircase leading to the uppermost level of the home and, of course, the roof.

Mullins said that Max has only attempted to climb the entire flight of stairs once before, an experience by which she was temporarily cured of her curiosity as she swooped upon by flocks of territorial crows and osprey.

But Monday was different.

“It was very uncharacteristic of her. She chose to go up on the roof and explore and, because the roof collects condensation in the early morning, I think she lost her footing and just slid down to the edge of the roof,” Mullins said.

Mullins had been getting ready for a meeting that day and, in noticing that Max wasn’t in any of her usual spots, discovered that she was on the roof and placed a call the CIFCD.

Moments after receiving the call, the team, including firefighter Shawn Kilgore and commissioner Bob Brace, arrived ready to do some rescuing.

After climbing up three stories, the CIFCD team saved Max and returned the tenacious kitty to her relieved owners.

“We completed the rescue and there was a joyful outcome,” said Bob Brace of the CIFCD.

So what caused this otherwise unadventurous feline to brave a slippery tin roof?

According to Mullins, Max had been experiencing a bit of friction adjusting to the Mullins’ most recent adoptee, a three-and-a-half pound Maltese named Milo.

“Milo joined us 10 days ago and he’s such a spunky little guy,” Mullins said, “Maybe it made Max adventurous?”

Regardless of the motivation behind her daring escape, Milo and the Mullins are glad to have Maxine back in the house.

“She came in and went right to the food bowl, rolled on her back and went to sleep,” Mullins said with a chuckle.

“Milo was so excited to see her back. He was worried,” he continued.

Mullins says he’s very grateful for the quick response from the CIFCD that helped to save Max from a potential “cat-astrophy.”

“They’re such great guys,” Mullins said of the CIFCD team.

“As far as I know, this is the first time in the history of the department that a cat had to be rescued,” said firefighter and Captiva native Kilgore.

Both Max and the Mullins are thankful for the entire CIFCD and Kilgore’s rooftop heroics.