When Laura Ringenberger was told to evacuate her home, she feared she would never see her cat again.
While Laura Ringenberger, her husband, and two children were visiting with relatives in Napa, California, they were asked to evacuate.
“When we got that phone call, we didn’t think much of it,” Ringenberger told The Dodo. “But when we walked outside, the moon was pink, and we were staring at raging fires across the way.”
Ringenberger woke her children and had them sent to safety with relatives. Ringenberger, however, was not leaving without her cat, Kitty Kitty Star.
“My husband was knocking on our neighbors’ door to make sure they were up and moving — they were an older couple,” Ringenberger said. “While he was doing that, I was calling for the kitty. I called for 15 to 20 minutes.”
Locating Kitty Kitty Star was easier said than done. As a primarily outdoor cat, Kitty Kitty Star spent most of her days exploring. As time passed trying to locate the cat, the fires slowly got closer.
“I did not want to leave her,” Ringenberger said. “None of us wanted to leave her, but it was a life or death situation. People have died in these fires.”
While Ringenberger knew her cat was resilient, she still feared the idea of losing her cat forever.
On Monday, Ringenberger and her family remained with family in another part of Napa. Anxiously, the family awaited news.
When the news came, it was shocking. Their house had burnt down.
Ringenberger could only think of one thing: Kitty Kitty Star.
When Ringenberger found out she would be able to see the house, she ran into a man filming for ABC News. She asked him to take her to her home.
“It’s just ash and dust,” Ringenberger said. “It’s a lot to process.”
Ringenberger began yelling out for the cat, but nothing happened.
“Far off in the distance, we heard her. ‘Meow, meow,’” Ringenberger said. “It was a moment of giddiness. I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe she got through all of this.’”
Ringenberger immediately grabbed Kitty Kitty Star and cuddled with her.
“You could tell that she’d been in the thick of it,” Ringenberger said. “She was all brown and smoky.”
Despite all of the devastation, Kitty Kitty Star was okay – and that was all that mattered.
“I’ve never heard her more vocal,” she added. “That first day driving back, she just gave me the business all day long, as if she was telling me, ‘How dare you for leaving me,’ or ‘You wouldn’t believe what I saw.’”
After losing their home, Ringenberger’s family is staying at a friend’s condo in Lake Tahoe.
“Kitty Kitty Star is now an indoor cat, and my daughter’s really happy because that’s all she ever wanted,” Ringenberger said.
Kitty Kitty Star seems to be loving her new role.
“This place where we’re staying has two flights of stairs, and she’s been bouncing up and down the stairs,” Ringenberger said. “She’s a very happy kitty. We woke up this morning, and she was curled up in bed with us, which was a sweet thing.”
While figuring out the future may be a challenge for the Ringenbergers, the family still has each other – even Kitty Kitty Star.
Source: The Dodo