Cat locked up in solitary confinement for letting the other shelter cats out

November 26th, 2019

If you’re a cat owner, you know that they can be trouble. Whether it’s knocking over your planter, leaving “gifts” on the carpet, bringing dead things to the front door, or destroying our couch – kitties are little mischievous trouble-makers!

Quilty, however, is a cat that takes trouble to the next level.

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You see, Quilty currently lives at Friends For Life Animal Rescue – an adoption agency in Houston, Texas. And as it turns out, Quilty has quite the special talent which earned him the well-deserved nickname of “Jailbreaker.”

This funny little kitty apparently figured out how to open the door to a room and let all of the other shelter cats out so that they were free to roam! Of course, we all needed to know more about this story, so Bored Panda reached out to the shelter for more info.

Shelter representative Jennifer Hopkins told them about how Quilty first showed up at the animal rescue.

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“Quilty originally came to us as a kitten in 2012, with his mom and siblings. We use thematic naming for litters (example: the cheese litter, the tex-mex litter, the Harry Potter litter, the serial killer litter, etc.) and his litter was named after characters in the book Lolita; his mom was Lolita, and his littermates were Humbert and Charlotte. Quilty had been born in a closet, and even as a two-day old noodle, with closed eyes and ears, he was already beginning his a-holery. At one point he got separated from the litter, and his rescuer found him in another room under a table. He has had an “adventurous” spirit since the first days, literally,” she told Bored Panda.

The shelter shared the story of Quilty and his jailbreaking ways on Facebook.

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“Quilty will not be contained. And he has no shame.

Quilty loves to let cats out of the senior room.
Several times a day.

We have since Quilty-proofed the cat room, while he took a brief hiatus in the lobby. His roommates missed him while he was banished to the lobby. They enjoyed their nighttime escapades around the shelter. The staff, however, did not miss the morning cat wrangling, so we’ll just have to agree to disagree there.”

Quilty ended up getting adopted, however, he landed himself back in the shelter.

“Quilty was adopted from us (in 2012) as a kitten. After being adopted and moving to a home, he quickly learned how to open the door to let his dog brother, Winston, inside from the backyard.”

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“Unfortunately, a few months ago, his mom had to move and couldn’t take Quilty with her. That’s when we got him back as an ‘owner surrender’ (that’s when someone comes to us and asks us for help re-homing their animal) because his owner was moving, and couldn’t take him with. As with all of our animals, if the adopter needs to return them for any reason, we take the animals back into our program (of course, we try to help them work through whatever issues they are having first, whether that means help with resources like food/vetting, or behavior consultations). We worked with Quilty’s owner to try to find any way that they could take Quilty with, but nothing worked out, so he ended up coming back into the Friends For Life program to find his new forever home. We have a lifetime commitment to the animals that go through the Friends For Life program, so if any of them ever need to be returned for any reason, we take them back in with open arms.”

Jennifer wanted to stress that the shelter would never judge anyone for needing to rehome a pet.

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“Quilty quickly acclimated to the cat room here at the shelter, and, APPARENTLY, learned how to open the door (which was most likely child’s play, since he had round doorknobs at his old home, and we have lever handles). We’d come in in the morning and all of the cats from that room would be not in said room anymore… cat wrangling would ensue. It wasn’t until we saw it on the cameras in that room that we learned Quilty was the culprit. (Unfortunately, that original footage has since been recorded over but we had numerous chances to watch/film him doing it with us there.)”

“We are super innovative (and budget-conscious) at the shelter, because we use our resources effectively, and so we employed a broom and some string to lock the door shut. We’ve since installed a Quilty-proof lock on the handle, which is friendlier for visitors. After that, he would still sneak out at least 5 times a day behind volunteers/visitors who would go into the room. He simply cannot be contained. Did we mention he has no shame?”

The shelter hopes that there is the perfect home out there for this sneaky little kitty.

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“If someone out there is looking for a clever cat that gets along with dogs but does not get along with closed doors, we have someone they really need to come and meet.

Please. Come meet him. And take him home. Please…”

Need more selling on Quilty? Here’s a bit more about his personality…other than being clever.

“What is the coolest cat name you’ve ever heard? I think my name, Quilty is the winner! I love my name almost as much as I love a CLEAN litter box and sunning on the balcony. As much as I like getting pets, I really don’t like to get belly rubs.

I’m a smart, energetic, laid back fella, but I can be a bit shy. If you have a friendly dog at home that is OK with me, but I’m not sure about young children. I’ve never played with them before, so I don’t know if I like them. I do know that I like to open closed doors. When I see one it challenges me, and I work hard to get it open and I’m usually successful.

Remember the name Quilty and schedule a Meet and Greet with me. I’m ready to go to your house for a sleepover and I’m ready to stay forever.”

Now, there’s a Facebook page dedicated to Quilty! You can follow it here.

Read the full Facebook post below and if you’re interested in adopting Quilty – contact the shelter here.

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Quilty will not be contained. And he has no shame.Quilty loves to let cats out of the senior room.Repeatedly.Several…

Posted by Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization – Houston onTuesday, October 29, 2019

H/T: Bored Panda